The Frederick E. Berry Institute of Politics aims to engage and inspire the Salem State community to be active in our democracy and to pursue careers in politics and public service. Foundational to this mission is building the knowledge, skills, and connections of our students. Every year we host an Alternative Spring Break to the Massachusetts State House to provide students with hands-on political experience on Beacon Hill. During this trip, students stay in Boston and engage with policy makers, lobbyists, and activists to better understand the Massachusetts legislative process and how the Commonwealth is tackling our most pressing social issues. Students participate in a variety of programs including immersive simulations, policy talks, career panels, networking opportunities, museum visits, and more throughout the trip.
Past participants have leveraged the knowledge, skills, and connections developed on this trip to pursue internships and jobs with elected officials, government agencies, and other political organizations. Contact the Berry IOP for more information and how to apply.
Alternative Spring Break to the Massachusetts State House