Assistant Director at Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Major: International Studies and French; Class of 2008)
Thematic Area: Governance, Conflict and Resolution
Area Focus: Sub-Saharan Africa
Study Abroad Program: Paris, France
Quote: "My IS major provided a good knowledge base for what was to come later in my academic and professional life. The program was flexible and creative, and I could largely mold it into what I wanted it to be. It allowed me to explore while providing me with the foundations of IR theory, political science, history, etc. Because I could be creative and flexible with my courses, I was able to make connections between seemingly disparate fields of study and come up with theories of my own, for example combining nationalism and education, etc. It also allowed me to double major in French and the experience of an entire year abroad in Paris was simply priceless. I still enjoy the flexibility and all-encompassing nature of this field and thus I've pursued a career in it."
"Currently, my job as the assistant director of programs at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs allows me to interact with people who are making history and are in the news as the news are happening. It's a completely extroverted position that tracks world events and presents them to the Chicago public for purposes of public education. It provides a seamless link between the academic, governmental, and private sectors. My biggest piece of advice to current students is: internships, internships, internships. Be proactive!”