Claire Quinn ’18 is a Political Science and Public Policy double major with concentrations in International Relations and American Government. She is from Ridgefield, Connecticut.
Claire spent the past two summers working in Washington, D.C. in both the public and private sectors and has conducted policy research on a broad range of issues. In the summer of 2016, Claire interned in the office of Congresswoman Norma Torres (CA-35), where she was able to delve into the legislative policy-making process and contribute to daily press briefings, along with constituent relations. She continued her studies of policymaking and international governance in Cape Town, South Africa during the fall of 2016 at the University of Cape Town. During her 6 months in South Africa, Claire was the student ambassador for her study abroad program and contributed weekly blog posts about traveling within Southern Africa and the diverse cultures she experienced. In the summer of 2017, Claire was the public affairs and communications intern for New Paradigm Strategy Group, where she assisted in policy and public relations consulting. Claire worked closely with experts in crisis communications and helped to craft policy position briefings for a variety of clients that covered issues from American-Muslim relations to consumer outreach for Fortune 500 companies.
At Gettysburg College, Claire is the chair of the Public Relations Committee for the Student Senate, and is a Senator for the class of 2018. She is also a member of Phi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society and Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
Claire has been involved in the Eisenhower Institute since her first year at Gettysburg, and has since completed both the Women in Leadership and Inside Politics programs. She has also served as an Office Assistant in both the Washington D.C. and Gettysburg College offices since August 2015.
Claire plans to continue working in policy consulting and public affairs after graduation and eventually get her Master’s degree in International Relations and Public Policy.