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Ralph Hogan

Mr. Ralph L. Hogan III (Class of 2011)


Mr. Ralph L. Hogan III is a 2011 Alumnus of Fitchburg State University where he earned a B.A. in History with minors in Political Science and International Studies. As an undergraduate, I took part in a 10-week Washington Center Internship with the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University (Ft. McNair in Washington, D.C.). In this role I supported the NESA faculty and staff with academic and professional seminars for international diplomats and military officers. I also completed a research internship with the University’s Regional Economic Development Institute and studied abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2014-2015, he’ll complete his thesis for the M.S. in Applied Communication Studies at Fitchburg State.

Impact the University had on my career path:

My experiences with the Political Science courses and co-curricular activities inspired him to serve with AmeriCorps to help alleviate underemployment and unemployment in the North Central Massachusetts Region. The skills I built in strategic planning and teamwork through his coursework in Political Science helped him lead teams on a variety of community service projects, while also creating opportunities for youth to develop these skills. After completing his service term, I took a position with the Division of Access and Transition at Mount Wachusett Community College. In this role, I helped disadvantaged students develop college and career goals as part of a TRIO grant provided by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, I also sit on the board of the Massachusetts Educational Opportunity Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for TRIO and GEAR UP programs and students.

I offer the following advice for current and prospective Political Science students:

  • Take advantage of the professors’ office hours to discuss classes and career goals – they are amazing resources whether you are looking to launch your career or continue to graduate school.
  • Consider an internship through the Washington Center. Financial Aid can help cover the costs and spending 10-weeks or a semester in D.C. working is a life-changing experience.
  • Participate in the Political Science extracurricular activities – these are a great way to apply coursework to simulated scenarios, network, and develop leadership skills.
  • Study Abroad – Whether you’re interested in U.S. Government or International Affairs, this will give you a great perspective on the world.