The GPI Career Spotlight Initiative invites professionals in international relations and global policy to talk about their careers and experiences. Over the course of the school year, various experts from international governmental organizations, NGOs, think tanks, and international businesses will give interactive presentations through which students can gain insight about unique professional pathways.
The first event in the series focused on the Peace Corps, a US government agency that sends US citizen volunteers abroad for 27 months to do grassroots projects in six different sectors of work (Agriculture, Community Economic Development, Education, Environment, Health, and Youth Development). Dr. Sakeena Ali, the Los Angeles regional Peace Corps recruiter, presented students with various volunteer opportunities, and prospective volunteers were able to ask questions about the Peace Corps experience and the Peace Corps application.
Under the leadership of Gabriele Magni, the Global Policy Institute has already proven to draw crowds for events that feature world-renowned industry leaders. Among the impressive lineup of distinguished speakers during the fall semester was award-winning CNN Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward. Fellows Angelina Lin and Matthew Lamantia interviewed Clarissa about her career as a conflict reporter, gaining a first-hand account of her recent experience in Afghanistan during the U.S. withdrawal (access the recording here). The GPI Career Spotlight Initiative will only strengthen the Institute’s focus on professional development programming, adding to the foundational pillars of the Institute which focus on promoting innovative research and generating policy discussion around global affairs.
Magni says: “The primary goal of the Initiative is to help students realize the many fulfilling professional pathways a liberal arts education can lead to…We also hope to inspire students to become change-makers in their life after college.”
Stay tuned for upcoming events, and access a growing library of past events on GPI’s event page.