Department of Political Science
Hagey Hall, room 315
Tel 519 888-4567 x 32100
Undergraduate inquiries: x 33396
Graduate inquiries: x 32415
The Department of Political Science is proud to be the home of 5 recipients of the Faculty of Arts Young Alumni Award and 5 Faculty of Arts Achievement Award recipients! Congratulations!
MA 2022, Political Science, Co-op
Current Job: Data Analyst, Department of Natural Defence
About My Job: My day-to-day work often requires me to conduct environment scans on crucial policy issues related to data governance, data management and technology. In my current position, I am required to conduct secondary research and synthesize research into applicable recommendations. I am also responsible for preparing materials for a horizontal steering committee and coordinating project materials with multiple stakeholders.
Grad Studies at UW: My UWaterloo graduate studies have prepared to communicate effectively with a variety of different stakeholders, conduct research to develop recommendations and also critically think through policy and project issues. The various assignments during my graduate studies allowed me to develop these three fundamental skills.
My Top Advice: My top advice for UW Political Science would be develop both oral and written communications that focuses on the "SO WHAT" or application of your analysis to a policy or project issue. Upper management is busy so they want to know why their support on your recommendations is needed. Effective communication gets your message across in a clear and concise way that eliminates ambiguity.
MA 2020, Political Science, Co-op
Current Job: Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Ontario Public Service
About My Job: I work on a team that specializes in local government policy, municipal affairs and municipal powers. My role entails supporting projects that result in strategic policy and legislative or regulatory changes of key pieces of municipal legislation (e.g., Municipal Act, 2001). As a senior policy advisor, I lead different projects from the initial stage of policy development, to consultation, through to approval by the legislature. My role also includes developing and delivering education and training materials related to legislative changes for internal and external audiences to support the successful implementation of policy initiatives.
Grad Studies at UW: My graduate studies at the University of Waterloo have prepared me for success by providing me a breadth of experiences. Some of the skills I developed through my experiences include: Gained leadership experience as a Teaching Assistant through providing mentorship to students. Extensive research and analysis skills to think outside of the box, provide sound advice and develop policy recommendations. Developed my critical thinking and soft skills through my co-op placement to bring with me to the workplace. Strengthened my project management skills through the process of completing my Masters Research Paper that has helped me manage project milestones in my current job.
My Top Advice: My top advice for all University of Waterloo Political Science graduate students would be to always be open to trying new things. You never know when a new opportunity will come our way and you should always be open to embracing a challenge. When it comes to post-graduation, you do not need to have it all figured out. Keep an open mind when it comes to your career trajectory because something you may have never imagined could end up being what you truly love to do.
Laura Sanchez Martinez
MA 2019, Political Science, Co-op
Current Job: Assistant Durable Solutions, UNHCR - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
About My Job: The Assistant Durable Solutions Officer reports to the Durable Solutions Officer and may have supervisory responsibility for durable solutions staff. She/he is relied upon to contribute to design, implementation and monitoring of the Protection and Solutions Strategy (with a focus on the legal component as well as the economic, socio-cultural and civil-political elements of solutions), in close collaboration with UNHCR government and civil society partners as well as private sector.
My Top Advice: Crreate a network!
North America Branding and Communications Program Manager, Early Professional Talent Acquisition, IBM
BA 2015, Arts and Business Co-op (Political Science)
Graduate Student Experience Specialist, University of Waterloo
MA 2017, Political Science
Ministry of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship
BA 2017, Political Science
Policy Analyst, Natural Resources Canada
MA 2017, Political Science
Research Analyst, Global Public Affairs
MA 2013, Political Science
International Initiatives Officer, Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Agriculture
BA 2011, ARBUS and Political Science
Co-founder, Imaginarius and Treehaus Collaborative Workspace; Member, Young Entrepreneur Council
BA 2008, ARBUS and Political Science
2012 Arts Young Alumni Ach. Award recipient
Senior Strategic Planner, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario
MA 2008, Political Science
Review Counsel, Downtown Legal Services, University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law
BA 2006, Honours Applied Studies Co-op, and Honours Political Science, Co-op
2014 Arts Young Alumni Ach. Award recipient
Senior Project Leader, Industry Canada
BA 2005, Political Science with Management Studies minor
2013 Arts Young Alumni Ach. Award recipient
Tanya De Mello
Director of Human Rights, Ryerson University
BA 2002, Honours Applied Studies, International Trade Specialization an Honours Economics Co-op
2011 Arts Young Alumni Ach. Award recipient
Director General, Marketplace Framework Policy Branch - Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) / Government of Canada
BA 2002, Honours Political Science, Peace and Conflict Studies Option
2010 Arts Young Alumni Ach. Award recipient
National Sales Manager of Canada and Senior Manager of U.S. National Accounts for BESSEY Tools North America
BA 1997, Political Science
Jacqueline Armstrong Gates
Partner, Gowlings' Waterloo region office
BA 1991, Political Science
2017 Arts Alumni Achievement Award recipient
Asia Regional Director, CARE Canada; Board Member, Canadian Christian Relief and Development Association
BA 1988, Honours Political Science
MA 1990,Political Science
2011 Arts Alumni Achievement Award recipient
Retired Senior Partner, Miller Thomson
BA 1970, Honours Political Science
2014 Arts Alumni Achievement Award recipient
Author of "Mike Starr of Oshawa, a Biography"
BA 1969, History
MA 1972 History