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Villanova University Hosts Careers in International Development Day

Nov. 16 event introduces students to careers focused on positive change around the world

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University will host its third Careers in International Development Day Monday, Nov. 16, providing students an introduction to professions working to positively impact global poverty, inequality, climate change and world peace.

“Every year, this event gets bigger and better and we’re thrilled to have so many professionals in the field who haven’t lost their vision or passion to share their experiences with students,” said Suzanne Toton, Theology and Religious Studies Professor and Villanova University Partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Coordinator. “The purpose of this day is to encourage students to think outside the box and discover how education in business, engineering, health, law and the arts and sciences can and is being used to further the global common good. Our graduates have gone on to work for the UN on migration; the World Bank on gender equality; USAID on HIV/AIDS in Haiti; CRS advising on strategic growth; and for ACUMEN, Oikocredit, Ashoka which invests in entrepreneurs in the global south.”

The event features a presentation from Lindsay Coates, Executive Vice President of InterAction, an alliance of 190 International Non-Governmental Organizations. Coates will discuss the rapidly-changing landscape of the field of international development and humanitarian relief, while introducing students to new sectors, challenges and opportunities that weren’t possible a decade ago. The presentation will take place at 1:30 p.m. in The Connelly Center Cinema.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for students of all majors to come out and learn about these great experiences,” said Nancy Dudak, Executive Director of the Villanova University Career Center. “From internships to getting a start in their careers, opportunities are out there for our students to carry on the Villanova tradition and make a lasting impact around the world.”

The Careers in International Development Day will include roundtables with professionals from various sectors – including U.S. Government foreign service, social entrepreneurship, foundations, global health, humanitarian engineering, etc. – discussing career options and paths. This event will take place from 2:30-4:30 p.m., in the Villanova Room of The Connelly Center. During the same time, students can meet with recruiters from top graduate programs in international development, overseas volunteer agencies and representatives of Villanova’s curricular and extracurricular programs.

Toton added, “If we’re serious about improving the life chances of poor and marginalized people in today’s global society, it’s going to take a lot more than a big heart and a willingness to serve. November 16 will help students better determine the important steps to take.”

Villanova University is firmly committed to advancing compassion, justice, and contributing to the global common good. In May of 2005, CRS and Villanova signed a Memorandum of Understanding, a formal agreement to work collaboratively to advance global solidarity through education, research, advocacy and service. Last year, Villanova embarked on an exciting new relationship with CRS in Madagascar engaging the College of Engineering and French and Francophone Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences and Villanova School of Business.

For more information about other CRS Partnership-sponsored programs at Villanova, click here.