Eric Tucker

Eric Tucker ’19 excelled in the classroom at UVM—he collected the 2019 Frank M. Bryan Prize in American Politics along with his B.A. degree in political science. But he also learned some real-world lessons through three internships that acquainted him with law and government at the county, state and national level.

“I think that’s one of the advantages of being in Vermont,” the Barre native said. “It’s a small state and elected officials have small staffs. As an intern, you can end up doing higher-level duties.”

While interning for Mitzi Johnson, Vermont state representative for Grande Isle and speaker of the house, he wrote many of Johnson’s press releases.

Shadowing Johnson for much of the day, he was in the room with other legislators and committee chairs, learning the inside baseball of state politics. During the summer of 2017 he conducted research for Vermont Congressman Peter Welch in Welch’s Burlington office. The next summer he helped to prepare cases and shadow case proceedings in court as an intern for the Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office,

It all adds up to excellent preparation for the law, and Tucker plans on entering Duke Law School in the fall.

He began his UVM career as an economics major with an interest in combining business and law, but he gravitated to the faculty and classes in the political science department. Now he’s looking forward to a career that combines his interests in policy and law.

“We have fantastic faculty in political science,” Tucker said. “I feel well prepared through my classes in law and politics, as well as the critical thinking and oral and writing skills I’ve developed. Professors in the department really look out for their students.”