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International Studies Major Jobs 2018

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Norma Park

Major: international studies
Hometown: Morristown, New Jersey
Employer: Peace Corps (Ecuador)
Job title: teaching English as a foreign language teacher

Job Responsibilities

  • Co-planning and co-teaching to improve linguistic and methodological capacities to implement participatory activities that promote authentic communication and critical thinking.
  • Training English teachers in new and current methodologies, subject content and resource development, creating sustainable improvements in teaching and establish learning tools.
  • Enhancing English language skills to make use of academic and technical resources published in English in the universities.
  • Working with local teachers to design English teaching materials that are relevant to students' lives.
  • Creating opportunities for professional development workshops promoting communicative language.
  • Developing life skills classes or clubs for local youth.
  • Organizing and working with community groups to implement needs-based development projects.
  • Offering English classes to community members.

How has Dickinson prepared you for your future?

Dickinson's global focus and many service opportunities have given me the ability to learn Spanish and travel to areas I never could have imagined, such as Israel/Palestine, Ecuador and Argentina. These experiences helped me realize I was capable of leaving my comfort zone and inspired me to apply to be a Peace Corps volunteer. I also believe learning to think in a well rounded manner and on my feet will serve me well in my post-college life. 

Internship Experience

  • Fall 2016: Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania—spent 80 hours researching the women, peace and security agenda, compiling the information into a research paper and providing recommendations for future action.
  • Spring 2017: La Fundacion Sobran Motivos in Argentina, a women's shelter—taught English and life skills lessons.

What are you most anticipating about your future?

I am extremely excited to travel and help others wherever and whenever I am able. Hopefully these broad goals culminate in a career related to conflict resolution or human rights; however, whatever happens, I am excited to continue to explore the topics I found so interesting during my Dickinson education.

What are some of the defining moments of your Dickinson experience?

Serving as captain for the varsity volleyball team for 3 years, studying abroad in Israel/Palestine, Ecuador and Argentina and joining Delta Nu sorority.

Zita Petrahai

Major: international studies, political science
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Employer: C.M. RubinWorld
Job title: social media & marketing intern

Job Responsibilities

  • Assist and develop targeted creative marketing campaigns including social media and cross-promotion.
  • Analyze media outlets and recommend three to five for partnership.
  • Direct HootSuite account; analyze tweet engagements and optimize audience reach.

Internship Experience

  • Assistant editor and reporter, Lánchíd Radio, Budapest, Hungary. (Reported on parliamentary meetings, scheduled guests, created daily script and pitched stories to editors.)
  • Public relations intern, Strauss Media Strategies, New York, New York. (Researched market trends using Nielsen ratings and pitched satellite media tours to domestic news outlets. Conducted a comprehensive analysis of the products and packages offered by Strauss’ competitors.)

What are you most anticipating about your career or post-graduate pursuits?

Being able to follow my passions for global communications.

What are some of the defining moments of your Dickinson experience?

Being Editor-in-Chief of The Dickinsonian has taught me more about myself than I could have ever predicted. My team was amazing and the feedback we got after each issue gave me lessons that no classroom could have taught me.

Cliff O'Brien

Major: international studies
Hometown: Sayreville, New Jersey
Employer: United States Army
Job title: second lieutenant

Job Responsibilities

Battalion staff officer or platoon leader at Fort Benning, Georgia.

How has Dickinson prepared you for your future?

Dickinson gave me the opportunity to be a critical thinker, think outside of the box and lead. These experiences afforded me the opportunity to commission into the United States Army.

Internship Experience

  • New Jersey State Police
  • U.S. Senator Robert Menendez
  • Essex County Sheriff

What are you most anticipating about your future?

Developing my job specific knowledge and attending challenging Army schools.

What are some of the defining moments of your Dickinson experience?

Studying abroad and being battalion executive officer.

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Hayley Murdough

Major: international studies
Hometown: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Employer: U.S. Army
Job title: second lieutenant

Job Responsibilities

Working with the 205th Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Shafter, Honolulu, Hawaii to collect intelligence information to better assist the U.S. Army in operations abroad.

How has Dickinson prepared you for your future?

Dickinson has prepared me by showing me that the world I live in is changing and preparing me to be able to adapt and rise to the occasion, no matter what that might be. Attending Dickinson has allowed me to pursue all of interests—academic or extracurricular—to the fullest. My college career has been an adventure of a lifetime. I am grateful for all of the wonderful mentors I've gained and the experiences I've been granted. Whether I was jumping out a plane in Georgia, camping in the woods of Pennsylvania or traveling solo in Europe, the last four years have empowered me to go out and seize every opportunity without fear.

Internship Experience

CTLT (Cadet Troop Leader Training) through ROTC with 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) as a Cadet in Camp Mackall, Fort Bragg, North Carolina: Worked with Special Forces trainees and cadre as they trained in a practical culminating exercise called Robin Sage. Participated in several Airborne jumps, helped with intelligence gathering and learned about military tactics.

What are you most anticipating about your future?

The opportunities to continue to push myself physically and mentally beyond what I ever dreamed possible. And the travel!

What are some of the defining moments of your Dickinson experience?

The ROTC program at Dickinson has been my most defining experience. I am extremely lucky to have been surrounded by dedicated classmates and cadre who have pushed me and encouraged me over the years. I am also so grateful to serve as the Cadet Battalion Commander of the Blue Mountain Battalion (BMB) for my final semester and hope that the work of my classmates and I will have a positive impact on the program and the future Army officers who graduate from the BMB. Also, living as a tour guide on campus in the summer and sharing my love of Dickinson with prospective students. Late nights walking to Leo's. Writing my senior thesis for international studies on the military and diplomacy, and suddenly realizing that I was on the path I was meant to be on in life.

Jared Markovsky

Major: international studies
Hometown: Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Employer: United States Army National Guard
Job title: combat engineer platoon leader

Job Responsibilities

I will be in charge of a platoon of 40 combat engineers in Maine and will be leading them to ensure that they meet training requirements and are mission ready. The guard is a part-time job so about 80 percent of the time I will be working a normal civilian job. This search is still underway, but I will be doing some sort of work in the outdoor industry, likely working for a land-management organization such as the Forest Service or doing some sort of outdoor education or trip leading.

How has Dickinson prepared you for your future?

It has taught me to think holistically about problems and not be afraid to push for the proper solution.

Internship Experiences

Several U.S. Army trainings, Vermont State Parks photographer: Traveled around Vermont with a shot list and tried to capture moments from summers in the VT state parks.

What are some of the defining moments of your Dickinson experience?

The people I've met here have been incredible. There are lots of types of people here at Dickinson, and I am very, very different from a good percentage of them, which makes connecting hard at times, but those with whom I have connected have turned into some of my best friends. I have been able to hold virtually every position in outdoor leadership at this school, be it for pre-O, the rock wall or the outing club. I have been in charge of all three of those areas of our outdoor community and have loved it all. It has shown me what I want out of life.

 

 

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Kristin Erickson

Major: international studies, French & Francophone studies
Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia
Employer: U.S. Army
Job title: second lieutenant

Job Responsibilities

I will be an officer in the Military Intelligence Branch of the U.S. Army in Fort Carson, Colorado, assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division.

How has Dickinson prepared you for your future?

Dickinson has allowed me to gain a better understanding and grasp on the role of a global community and the importance it will have in any career I have in the future. My language courses have also set me up for a potential multilingual career.

Internship Experiences

Department of Homeland Security, Washington D.C. Headquarters, as a protocol Intern obtained through a Dickinson alum.

What are you most anticipating about your career or post-graduate pursuits?

The ability to move around the country and world and experience as much as possible. The U.S. Army is going to give me opportunities that I wouldn't be able to have anywhere else.

What are some of the defining moments of your Dickinson experience?

My study abroad experience in Toulouse, France, was certainly a memorable time at Dickinson that allowed me to develop my language skills and enjoy the culture while also appreciating what Dickinson had to offer back home.

Susannah Pearl-Katz

Major: international studies, political science
Hometown: New York, New York
Employer: Committee for Human Rights in North Korea
Job title: Intern

Job Responsibilities

I will be doing research and logistical planning in Washington, D.C.

How has Dickinson prepared you for your future?

I have learned analytical skills and had the opportunity to serve in club executive positions.

Internship Experiences

NYC City Council campaign 2017.   

What are some of the defining moments of your Dickinson experience?

Being a member of the equestrian team.

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Published March 28, 2018