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International Studies Major Jobs and Graduate School Acceptances 2019

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Rowan Humphries

Majors: political science, international studies
Hometown: Rochester, New York
Employer: Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
Job title: communications assistant

Job Responsibilities

Assist the communications team by coming up with strategies for social media outreach, working with members of the press and furthering the center's mission with members of the U.S. Congress.

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

Dickinson has given me numerous opportunities to pursue experiences off-campus that have contributed to broadening my worldview and allowed me to explore my various interests and figure out what I wanted to do postgraduation. Through internships and study abroad, I have been able to make critical connections and gain new skills that supplemented my work in the classroom. At Dickinson, I wasn't just preparing for the "real world"; I was already there.

What are you most anticipating about your career or postgraduate pursuits?

I am exciting to be living in D.C., a city I've spent two summers in interning. Living in the nation's capital and working to further the important mission of limiting the proliferation of the world's most dangerous weapons will be fulfilling and exciting work.

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

Working as a student project manager at the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues was a defining experience for me. It allowed me to explore topics outside of the scope of my major and draw connections across disciplines. I also gained valuable skills that have aided me in pursuing internships and ultimately a job. The scholars, activists and professionals I met through the Clarke Forum have both inspired me and empowered me to reach my full potential.

Internship Experience

I interned at the National Institute for Civil Discourse and the Arms Control Association (both located in Washington, D.C.). My senior year, I interned at the U.S. Army War College. I also completed a virtual internship with the U.S. State Department's Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation. Most of my work centered on communications tasks. I conducted a podcast series for the National Institute for Civil Discourse and helped launch the Arms Control Association's Instagram account. I created daily social media wrap-ups for the State Department and even conducted open-source research on Iran's ballistic missile program.

Jules Struck

Major: international studies
Hometown: Revere, Massachusetts
Employer: Teaching Assistant Program in France
Job title: teaching assistant

Job Responsibilities

I will be a teaching assistant of English language at a French primary or middle school in France.

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

I leave here knowing that I am a capable and curious writer and that I can study in and love classically unrelated fields. I will have the friends I made here for the rest of my life, and I am immensely thankful for that.

What are you most anticipating about your career or postgraduate pursuits?

I am anticipating figuring out what I want to do most, or not figuring it out and making a career for myself that combines all of my interests.

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

Meeting my roommate, who quickly became my best friend. Being in Toulouse with a group of people who were exciting and intelligent and living with a host family that I love very much. Working on The Dickinsonian and seeing it have some influence.

Internship Experience

I interned as a journalist at Boston Magazine in Boston, the Patriot Ledger in Massachusetts, Voice of America in D.C. and PoliticsPA in Pennsylvania. I was the communications associate at the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom in Geneva and the communications intern for CODEPINK: Women for Peace in D.C.

Devin Pratt

Major: international studies
Hometown: Concord, New Hampshire
Employer: U.S. Army
Job title: field artillery officer 13A, 2nd lieutenant

Job Responsibilities

The field artillery officer leads the field artillery branch, which neutralizes the enemy by cannon, rocket and missile fire.

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

Being on the football team.

Hadjara Moutari Kalla

Major: international studies
Hometown: Harrington Park, New Jersey
Volunteer: Peace Corps
Job title: Health and HIV/AIDS Capacity Building - local government volunteer, Botswana

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

I think Dickinson has connected me with resources and invaluable faculty that have helped me develop more passion and flexibility for my life after graduation.

What are you most anticipating about your career or postgraduate pursuits?

I am most excited and anticipating being pushed further intellectually, emotionally and physically.

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

Meeting people I now consider lifelong friends across a variety of disciplines and working on the Dickinson College Farm, where I spent the summer with a dynamic and vibrant group of people.

Jeffrey Gorham

Major: internationals studies
Hometown: Charlottesville, Virginia
Employer: Booz Allen Hamilton
Job title: junior acquisition analyst

Job Responsibilities

Assist in acquiring materials for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

It has given me a well-rounded education and improved my networking abilities.

What are you most anticipating about your career or postgraduate pursuits?

I'm excited to live by Washington, D.C., and get to know it well. I'm also looking forward to the opportunities for travel that my job will allow. I enjoyed my summer internship there, so I anticipate that I will enjoy my new position.

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

Studying abroad in Bologna, Italy, was a major highlight. I also enjoyed the international studies major.

Internship Experience

Booz Allen Hamilton, Lorton, Va. June 2018 – August 2018

  • Interned at the Cooperative Threat Reduction Support Center
  • Compiled information from employees into handbook to help new project leads
  • Edited and collated 100-page handbook
  • Presented group research project in front of office leadership

Peacekeeping & Stability Operations Institute, Carlisle. January 2018 – May 2018

  • Researched corruption indicators in the security sector of developing countries, evaluated anticorruption strategies, examined impacts on development
  • Produced a research paper to be published by the U.S. Army War College
  • Presented research to a panel of Army War College personnel

Daniel McColley

Major: international studies
Hometown: Brentwood, New Hampshire
Employer: Paladino and Company
Job title: green building intern

Job Responsibilities

This summer, I will begin my career in sustainability consulting within real estate development at Paladino and Company as their green building intern. The internship is composed of three major functions being research, communications and administration support.

  • Research: Perform green buildings and materials research necessary for white papers, presentations and reports
  • Communications: Assist in the development of white papers, take meeting notes and write other business communication
  • Admin support: Assist with the LEED, WELL and Fitwel application process; assist the consulting team with tasks as assigned

Rachael Franchini

Majors: French & Francophone studies, political science, international studies
Hometown: Ravena, New York
Employer: TAPIF - Teaching Assistant Program in France
Job title: English teaching assistant

Job Responsibilities

I will be assigned to one or more schools in the Toulouse region to assist middle and high school teachers in their English classrooms. I may be assigned to multiple schools at different class levels and will provide expertise as a native English speaker on language and American culture.

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

Dickinson has prepared me for life after graduation in many different ways. My study abroad experience in Toulouse, France, has clearly informed my goals and my future. I am very grateful for all of the diverse and eye-opening classes I have taken via my three majors, and the groups and organizations I have led and been a part of.

What are you most anticipating about your career or postgraduate pursuits?

I am excited to return to Toulouse, where I studied abroad during my junior year. I learned so much about myself and had the most incredibly rewarding experiences in this city, and so I cannot wait to return as an employee rather than a student. Following my time in this program for the 2019-20 school year, I plan to attend law school and study international law. I know that my time abroad during my junior year and my future position in Toulouse are invaluable international experiences.

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

The two most important aspects of my Dickinson experience have been the relationships I have made with my professors and my work on The Dickinsonian, Dickinson's all-student run newspaper. I have worked as a research assistant for a professor, and I have formed incredible bonds with some of the most intelligent people I have ever met. I have so much respect for the professors at Dickinson, especially those in the international studies and French departments. The work that I have done as editor-in-chief of The Dickinsonian has been extremely important to me as well, because I have learned so much about journalism and learned countless practical skills, as well as finding out a lot about Dickinson as a college and as an institution.

Internship Experience

PoliticsPA: online political newspaper based in Harrisburg reporting on local, statewide and national political news. My position was as a contributing writer and this position was held remotely.

The campaign of Elizabeth Esty (D-CT5): My position was as a campaign volunteer for House of Representatives member Esty. I helped with fundraising events, planning, calling constituents and other administrative tasks to support the campaign team. This position was based in Connecticut and involved travel throughout the fifth district of the state. 

Tomas Iturregui

Major: international studies
Hometown: Bethesda, Maryland
Employer: Employee Navigator
Job title: sales development representative

Job Responsibilities

I will be marketing the Employee Navigator online software, which essentially is a platform for insurance brokers and companies to manage their HR and benefits.

What are you most anticipating about your career or postgraduate pursuits?

Being self-sufficient and building relationships in the real world.

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

Club soccer.

Internship Experience

Social and digital media intern at Monumental Sports and Entertainment. I managed and created video content and social media for various DC sports teams.

Will Klein

Major: international studies
Hometown: West Hartford, Connecticut
Employer: PricewaterhouseCoopers
Job title: associate management consultant

Job Responsibilities

Management consultant in the industrial products and operations practice at PwC.

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

My degree in international studies and minors in economics and French have provided me with valuable knowledge that I will take forward.

What are you most anticipating about your career or postgraduate pursuits?

I am eager to go to a new city and begin work in a new and exciting field that I believe will open many doors for me in the future.

Internship Experience

  • Travelers Insurance, Public Policy Think Tank (Travelers Institute), Hartford, Connecticut (2016)
  • Travelers Insurance, Government Affairs, Hartford (2017) 
  • Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, Southeastern European Police Integrity Building Programme, Geneva, Switzerland (2018)
  • United States House of Representatives, Financial Services Committee, Washington, D.C. (2018

Amanda Custer

Majors: international studies, Spanish
Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Graduate School: Texas A&M Bush School of Government and Public Service
Field of Study: international affairs

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

Dickinson has taught me to seek out the resources I need to succeed.

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

Studying abroad.

Internship Experience

I had five internships over the course of my time at Dickinson.

 

 

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Kiernan Jordan

Major: international studies
Hometown: Dumfries, Virginia
Employer: McAllister and Quinn
Job title: intern

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

By making me an open-minded, passionate individual trying to make a positive impact in our world.

What are you most anticipating about your career or postgraduate pursuits?

Finding ways I can continue to learn and work.

Internship Experience

Research assistant at the U.S. Army War College.

Mike Cesare

Majors: international studies, policy management
Hometown: Caldwell, New Jersey
Employer: General Dynamics Information Technology
Job title: business process analyst

Job Responsibilities

Contractor support to the Department of Veterans Affairs, project management/ITSM support.

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

Critical thinking/problem solving skills.

What are you most anticipating about your career or postgraduate pursuits?

Advancing and furthering career.

Internship Experience

CSRA Inc. (Falls Church, Virginia); U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey Jr. (Harrisburg); Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI; Carlisle); Premio Foods, Inc. (Hawthorne, New Jersey)

Zach Peters

Majors: German, international studies
Hometown: Dulles, Virginia
Employer: U.S. Army
Job title: 2nd lieutenant transportation officer

Job Responsibilities

I will serve as a platoon leader in charge of approximately 30 soldiers. I am responsible for the planning, coordination and execution of ensuring all personnel and equipment get efficiently moved to and from the operational theatre. We are responsible both overseas and domestically.

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Published April 5, 2019