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The department of government offers students a variety of opportunities to engage with politics and political science, beginning in the classroom, with the chance to work one-on-one with faculty; by participating in internships, and by drawing on the department's ties with programs across the College of Arts and Sciences.

Alumni Profile: Suzanne Simonetta '95

Suzanne Simonetta is the Chief of the Division of Legislation in the Office of Unemployment Insurance in the U.S. Department of Labor.  She is responsible for ensuring that state unemployment compensation (UC) laws conform to Federal requirements; assisting with the development of the Administration’s UC legislative proposals, regulations, and policy; and providing technical assistance to congressional staffs on UC legislation.  Ms. Simonetta has worked in the Division of Legislation for 15 years on a variety of initiatives including the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Emergency Unemployment Compensation, and the Unemployment Compensation Integrity Act.  Ms. Simonetta completed her undergraduate studies with distinction in all subjects at Cornell University (double major: Government and Italian Studies) and her graduate studies at Syracuse University (Political Science).

“The education I received as a government major at Cornell has been enormously helpful to my career. I obtained a solid foundation of theory that enabled me to understand the importance and role of political institutions. Cornell served also to hone my ability in critical thinking, analysis, and writing, skills which are essential for the development and implementation of public policy."

— Suzanne Simonetta, Government '95