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Careers in International Development Day

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Villanova University, Connelly Center

We've designed this all-day event to help students identify and access careers in international development and relief and have an opportunity to learn about new developments in the field, meet professionals who are using their education and skills to creatively and effectively address related issues and needs, and get practical advice on the kind of education, skills, languages, and experience they'll need to access the opportunities in a variety of sectors related to international development.  

Opening Plenary: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (Cinema)
“The Challenges Facing Tomorrow’s Humanitarians”

Patricia McIlreavy, Vice President, Humanitarian Policy & Practice, InterAction


Breakout Roundtables: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. (Villanova Room) 
(Starting @ 2:30 and repeating @ 3, 3:30, 4 p.m.)
Meet with professionals working in the fields of international relief and development.  They’ll share their career paths, the work that they and others do, and offer career advice on how to break into the field and get a foot in the door.  These are women and men who haven’t lost their vision or passion and are using their skills to further the global common good. Bring your questions!

Advocacy Alliance to End Hunger - Nathan Magrath, Manager of Communications and Outreach
Communications: Corporations, Non-Profits & Global Public Affairs
Citi Foundation - Elizabeth Patella Kelly (VU '03 Political Science and Business Minor), Senior VP, Global Public Affairs at Citi
Foundations and Philanthropy Inter-American Foundation  – Manuel Nuñez (VU '03, MBA), Managing Director of the Inter-American Foundation’s Office of External and Government Affairs and Villanova School of Business Management and Operations Department

Geospatial Mapping
Catholic Relief Services Consultant - Eric Wagner (VU '12 Geography) -  GIS Laboratory Manager for the Department of Geography and the Environment , GIS mapping projects to capture and analyze geographical data critical to delivering aid and development
Global Health pending
Government Foreign Service

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) – Bryan Enslein (VU ’07 Engineering), Engineer - Foreign Service Officer- Problem Solver - Project Manager - Program Designer; Pamela Foster ret., Foreign Service Center and has held long and short term overseas assignments

Humanitarian Engineering

Villanova University, Virginia Smith, Civil and Environmental Engineering, worked for USAID as an associate scientist for Adapt Asia-Pacific Project and as Water Coordinator in Afghanistan, also spent two years in the Peace Corps

International Non-Government

Catholic Relief Services -  Jack Norman, Director of Talent Management  and has provided country level leadership in Africa, South Asia, and Eastern Europe

Management and Logistics
in Global Development

Chemonics International, Sean Miller (VU '12 Political Science, Minors in Africiana Studies (GIS) and Psychology),  Project Management Associate, Supply Chain Solutions working on contract management and compliance


Oxfam, Mary Marchal (VU '04 Political Science, Mathematics Minor, Honors Concentration), Campaign Alliances Manager, managing relationships in a program of over 200 influential women

Law, Refugees and Immigration

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) –
Katie Tobin (VU '04 History, Minors in Peace and Justice and Latin American Studies, Honors Concentration),  Experienced attorney and government relations professional on refugee, immigration and national security matters

Sustainability Villanova University, William Lorenz, Director of Sustainable Engineering Program and former co-founding partner for ERM, a global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, sustainability and social consulting services.

United Nations

Villanova University, Department of Political Science - Shigehiro Suzuki, full-time instructor, served with the UN from 2000-2004 at the Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

World Bank

World Bank, Kathleen Krackenberger (VU '05 Honors, Political Science, Sociology, Concentrations in Africana Studies and Peace & Justice Studies), Development Specialist for project management, monitoring and evaluation, health financing, health systems strengthening, cholera and water & sanitation, HIV/AIDS, aid effectiveness, civil society engagement, resource mobilization, and partnership building.

Graduate Programs and Volunteer and Internship Representatives: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. (Villanova Room)
Capitalizing on the excitement in the atmosphere, there will be a Market Stall area where students can meet one-on-one with representatives from Overseas Volunteer Agencies to help with next steps and leading Graduate programs in international development, knowing that most organizations require a graduate degree to gain employment in these fields. Because the qualifications for this field can be terribly daunting, the Market Stalls are essential to help students figure out the realistic options within reach. This event will appeal to virtually every major; undergraduate, graduate, and law students, and alumni.

Graduate Programs in International Development

American University School of International Service
Arcadia University Master in International Peace and Conflict Resolution
Catholic University, Master of Arts in Integral Economic Development
Drexel University, Dornsife School of Public Health, Certificate in Global Health
Eastern University, Master of Business Administration in Economic Development
Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University
Fordham University's Graduate Program in International Political Economy & Development
Georgetown University, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute
University of Maryland School of Public Policy
Villanova University, Graduate Program in Sustainable Engineering, International Development Track

Post-Baccalaureate Overseas Volunteer and Internship Opportunities – Experience Counts!

American Friends Service Committee
Amigos de Jesús
Augustinian Volunteers
Catholic Relief Services
Catholic Volunteer Network
Jesuit Volunteers
Maryknoll Lay Missioners
Mennonite Central Committee
Mercy Volunteer Corps
Peace Corps
Projects Abroad