< Back to front page Text size +

Attention, academics: wanna work for Obama?

Posted by Christopher Shea  November 11, 2008 02:05 PM

E-mail this article

Invalid E-mail address
Invalid E-mail address

Sending your article

Academics and other wonks with an itch to serve, how can you increase your chances of landing a position somewhere in the vibrant new administration? Heather Hurlburt, the executive director of the DC-based National Security Network, a Democratic-leaning foreign-policy think tank, as well as a former State Department speechwriter, offers surprisingly concrete, pragmatic tips. [Brief video clip.] (You know you face stiff competition.) Then the Fletcher School's Dan Drezner, of danieldrezner.com, chimes in with some thoughts of his own.

If you do land a job, you may wind up with a lot more power than you expected, Hurlburt explains -- at least during the awkward transition of power.

This blog is not written or edited by Boston.com or the Boston Globe.
The author is solely responsible for the content.

E-mail this article

Invalid E-mail address
Invalid E-mail address

Sending your article

2 comments so far...
  1. Wow, Hurlbert basically offered some conventional wisdom on cover letter writing 101 and managerial transition 101. Seriously, do people really competitive for administration positions really need the first set of pointers, or even the second set?

    Posted by Logan November 12, 08 02:17 AM
  1. Sounds as if we are going to have a New Deal situation going on here. cautiously optimistic....

    Posted by Delilah November 12, 08 02:26 PM
 
About brainiac Brainiac is the daily blog of the Globe's Sunday Ideas section, covering news and delights from the worlds of art, science, literature, history, design, and more. You can follow us on Twitter @GlobeIdeas.
contributors
Brainiac blogger Kevin Hartnett is a writer in Columbia, South Carolina. He can be reached here.

Leon Neyfakh is the staff writer for Ideas. Amanda Katz is the deputy Ideas editor. Stephen Heuser is the Ideas editor.

Guest blogger Simon Waxman is Managing Editor of Boston Review and has written for WBUR, Alternet, McSweeney's, Jacobin, and others.

Guest blogger Elizabeth Manus is a writer living in New York City. She has been a book review editor at the Boston Phoenix, and a columnist for The New York Observer and Metro.

Guest blogger Sarah Laskow is a freelance writer and editor in New York City. She edits Smithsonian's SmartNews blog and has contributed to Salon, Good, The American Prospect, Bloomberg News, and other publications.

Guest blogger Joshua Glenn is a Boston-based writer, publisher, and freelance semiotician. He was the original Brainiac blogger, and is currently editor of the blog HiLobrow, publisher of a series of Radium Age science fiction novels, and co-author/co-editor of several books, including the story collection "Significant Objects" and the kids' field guide to life "Unbored."

Guest blogger Ruth Graham is a freelance journalist in New Hampshire, and a frequent Ideas contributor. She is a former features editor for the New York Sun, and has written for publications including Slate and the Wall Street Journal.

Joshua Rothman is a graduate student and Teaching Fellow in the Harvard English department, and an Instructor in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He teaches novels and political writing.

archives

Browse this blog

by category