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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 Director of the Division of Policy, Legislation, and Regulations in the Employment and Training Administration in the U.S. Department of Labor.  Her responsibilities include developing and reviewing legislative proposals, overseeing policy analysis and development, and writing and promulgating regulations regarding job training, reemployment, trade, foreign labor, apprenticeship, and unemployment insurance programs.  Previously, Ms. Simonetta was the Chief of Legislation in the Office of Unemployment Insurance.  In that position, she worked 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, and Emergency Unemployment Compensation.  Presently, her work focuses on implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.  Ms. Simonetta completed her undergraduate studies with honors 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