Katie Douglas - Pierre, SD
Press Secretary for U.S. Senator Mike Rounds
Major: Political Science
As the press secretary for U.S. Senator Mike Rounds on Capitol Hill, I work closely with news organizations to communicate our message to the public. It’s the most fun job I’ve ever had, but it certainly comes with its challenges. We’re working under a 24-hour news cycle, and news can break at any time, so we have to be prepared to respond in a timely manner. That’s why I like it so much - no two days are ever the same. It keeps me on my toes, and I have the opportunity to meet fascinating people every day.
I applied to USD because both of my parents - and many of their friends - are alumni. I chose to attend because of the opportunities available in the political science department. I stayed because I was able to make lifetime connections with so many great people, through my experiences as a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, College Republicans and as a student in the Department of Political Science.
My courses and extracurricular activities in the political science department really helped steer me toward a career in government. Through the Farber Fund, I received numerous opportunities to travel and experience government outside of the classroom, including Washington D.C. and Costa Rica. It also helped pay for my housing when I interned on Capitol Hill for a summer.
My trip to D.C. reinforced my desire to live in this exciting city and pursue a career in politics. I highly encourage students to take advantage of the opportunities presented to you by the department, especially the Farber Fund.