College of Arts and Sciences

HAPS Alumni Reflections

Students graduating from the Department of Historical and Political Studies establish successful careers in a variety of professional fields. 

Below are examples of what recent some alumni have to say about their experiences in the Department of Historical and Political Studies. View recent alumni employers and schools.

Brittanie Edstrom ‘16

Political Science & International Studies double major; Federal Affairs Assistant at Hunton & Williams law firm (Washington, D.C. area)

“To me, the most valuable aspect of my time in the HAPS department was the dedication of the professors. From one on one meetings, to professional development, to casual conversations in the hallways, they are fully devoted to helping you reach your full potential.”

Rebecca Smith ‘16

Political Science major; Legislative & Communications Specialist, Delaware County Intermediate Unit and Councilwoman, Municipality of Norristown

“The flexibility in course offerings and travel opportunities, combined with the ability to build relationships with professors, means that Arcadia can provide the unique opportunity to not just learn about the world, but to learn about the world by seeing and doing. "

Alexis May ‘16

History major; Academic Assistant in the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ

“The faculty here were able to help find many internship opportunities, which has allowed me to find great success in my post-Arcadia professional life. Many employers were also impressed with the extensive traveling I was able to do while in the HAPS program.”

Anil R. Beephan Jr. ‘16

Political Science major; Community Affairs Specialist, New York State Senate

“The faculty here were able to help find many internship opportunities, which has allowed me to find great success in my post-Arcadia professional life. Many employers were also impressed with the extensive traveling I was able to do while in the HAPS program.”

Jessica Aguilera ‘16

International Studies major; Health Educator, U.S. Peace Corps (Republic of Moldovia)

“During my time at Arcadia, I was involved with may internship programs that allowed me to understand the world better. Arcadia gave me the tools and knowledge that have formed a strong foundation for my professional life.”

Lauren Hake ‘15

History & Political Science double major; Role Mapping Analyst, Icon Information Consultants (Michigan)

“My professors in the HAPS department cared about my intellectual and professional development, and my experiences in the HAPS department embedded in me a confidence that I could succeed in any workplace environment.”

Gabrielle Rogers ‘16

History major; Master’s student in Higher Education Administration at the University of Pittsburgh

“I really enjoyed the variety of courses in the HAPS department. Because of them, I am a better writer, researcher, and overall more confident in my ability to achieve what I am passionate about.”

Danielle DiVerde ‘15

International Studies & Spanish double major; Lead Customer Service Representative & Latin America Specialist at MEJDI Tours

“In HAPS, I was challenged and inspired, and the professors cared about my personal and professional development, even after I graduated.”

Josephine Lippincott ‘16

History & International Studies double major; Master’s student in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago

“Working as a research assistant for faculty in HAPS was most valuable for me because it helped me figure out my research interests. The combination of courses and research experience helped me to determine that a Masters was my next step and that I'd like to explore career options in public policy or with a think tank.”

Natalie Marshall ‘16

International Studies major; Master’s student in Anthropology, University College London

“As a HAPS student, you learn about global issues and the histories that shaped them, and you have the opportunity to study away learn about them firsthand. I studied, volunteered, worked, and traveled in 17 countries while at Arcadia. Now, I have a real competence in intercultural communication as well as an aptitude for assessing the influencing factors of a number of global issues today.”

Taylor Raymond ‘16

History major; Political Science major; Development Associate, Arena Partners, LLC (Chicago)

“The tight knit community that is created within this department is invaluable. I was able to build both professional and personal relationships with the faculty, and my peers inspired me.”

Veronica Willig ‘16

International Studies major; AmeriCorps Community Projects Coordinator at YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School and assistant coach of the Arcadia women’s soccer team

“Thanks to the mentoring and research opportunities I received as a student, I developed the skills needed to see projects through from concept to execution. As a professional, this distinguishes me as a leader and as someone who produces high quality work.”