Julia Kerr ’18 is a Political Science and Public Policy double major with a minor in Middle East & Islamic Studies from Wilkes-Barre, PA.
During the summer of 2016, she interned at Common Cause as a research intern. She assisted in the publication of an annual “Democracy Scorecard” based on elected officials’ voting records, contacted congressional campaigns as part of the “Who Will Fight Big Money?” initiative, drafted blog posts, and helped with legislative and election data collection.
Julia also worked as a petitioner for the Marco Rubio presidential campaign in 2016. Throughout the summer of 2017, she served as a legal intern at Borland and Borland, LLP where she worked on research for employment discrimination and labor law suits.
At Gettysburg, Julia works as a peer learning associate for the Political Science Department. She also works as a tour guide at Admissions. Julia is a member of the Political Science honor society Pi Sigma Alpha. Additionally, she serves as Risk Manager for Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority.
Julia became involved in the Eisenhower Institute in the fall of 2015 when she participated in the Inside the Middle East program with Avi Melamed, in which she traveled to Israel and the West Bank to study narrative conflict. In her junior year, Julia participated in the Strategy and Leadership in Transformational Times (SALTT) program with Susan Eisenhower, where she helped host a panel of students from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Azerbaijan to discuss US-Russian relations. She also traveled to Baku, Azerbaijan with the program to study strategic transitions from the Soviet-era to the modern day.
This year, in addition to being a Fielding Fellow, Julia will be representing Gettysburg College as a Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.
Julia plans to attend law school after graduation. She hopes to enter public service, possibly for the Department of State.