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Rachael Hartford, '13, United States SenateIMC Alumni ProfilesRachael Hartford, '13, United States Senate

Rachael was hired as a staffer for the United States Senate upon graduation. She works as the staff assistant (deputy) for U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer's Hudson Valley regional office.

In a small office, Rachael gets to wear a lot of hats. She helps inform the Senator’s policy decisions based on the priorities of constituents in the Hudson Valley (roughly 2 million people over 7 counties); works with local and state officials as well as businesses and non-profits in the region to address federal issues, secure federal support, and obtain federal funding; plans and manages press conferences, including developing press materials and talking points; works with constituents through casework processes to help them navigate government agencies; and hires and supervises interns.

"I graduated in May 2013 with a degree in Integrated Marketing Communications and a minor in Politics. What I loved most about the Park School of Communications was the ability to learn the skills necessary to be successful after college as well as tailor the program to my personal interest in political communication. The IMC major allows you to develop these skills and then apply them to the field you are most passionate about, which is really unique. I would not have been able to land a job in my desired field before graduation without the preparation of Ithaca College."
 


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