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Future Alumni

Garrett Lance PhotoGarrett Lance is a senior at IU, majoring in policy analysis. In addition to being a SPEA Ambassador, he has also held leadership roles in the Student Alumni Association and his fraternity, Phi Kappa Sigma.

1. Tell us where you are from?

I'm from Geneva, IL, which is a suburb about 45 minutes west of Chicago.

2. What made you interested in attending IU and SPEA?

The reason I chose to attend IU was after a conversation I had with SPEA advisor Scott Jackman during a visit in high school. I had always been interested in politics and government. SPEA's major in policy analysis parlayed those interests into a field that combined political theory with economics, statistics, and program evaluation to build a skill set to analyze policy problems in the world around us.

3. You had the honor of participating in the Washington Leadership Program, tell us about that program and your experiences?

My participation in SPEA's Washington Leadership Program remains a highlight of my college experience. I was lucky enough to intern at the White House and work in the Agency Liaison office and collaborate with the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to resolve constituent issues. I was also able to meet and hear from several White House officials. My favorite moments included drinking coffee in the West Wing, and seeing the White House decked out for Christmas.

I also headed back to D.C. last summer to intern with the Solar Energy Industries Association where I researched energy policy and assisted the organization's lobbying efforts.

4. What would you like to do following graduation - if grad school, also talk about what field you want to work in following grad school as well.

I am still figuring out my post-grad plans (if there are any alumni who want to help me out, feel free!), but I am interested in pursuing a career in government consulting or government relations.

If you are interested in contacting Garret, please contact Aliza Cazzell by email

Our past featured future alum was Chris Round go here to read his interview.