I’m pleased to introduce this week’s guest blogger, Rae Ann Bories-Easley, Director of the Office of Career and Professional Development at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. The office staff includes four career advisors and six graduate peer advisors who work with students individually as well as provide programs and services to help students gain the skills they need to be successful in the internship and job search. Please read on to hear more from our Director of Career and Professional Development.
Spring is an exciting time in the Office of Career and Professional Development!
We’re working with second year M.A. students on their post-graduation plans. Our students are reporting exciting news of job offers with the government and internships with non-profits turned into full-time offers. Also, first- and second-year students who applied for Boren Fellowships to study, research and work in China, Dubai, South Africa, Egypt, Kenya, Taiwan, Russia and Israel await word of their status. Most first year students are gearing up for summer internships all over the world. At the same time, we are collecting and reporting out on employment data for admitted students wondering how a graduate education at the Josef Korbel School translates to the job market.
Our staff just returned from spring break with 17 students in New York City where the group visited 14 employers and had two student-alumni networking events in three days. It was a packed trip of career exploration and learning about job and internship opportunities and we’re moving into spring quarter with more interesting opportunities right on campus. More than 50 students will participate in a simulation exercise with the CIA, Ambassador Roger Pierce will be on campus for a State Department information session, Senior VP and Josef Korbel alum John Amber from Oxfam America will be speaking to students about his career path, a Josef Korbel alum now with UNDP will be sharing his experiences, and many of our Denver alumni will participate in a student-alumni networking reception in April. We expect to schedule a few more employer information sessions throughout the quarter and will be holding Fulbright application workshops as well.
Please understand if we bounce you back to our colleagues in the Admissions office when you contact us with questions. We are very focused on our current students and alumni and look forward to giving you our undivided attention after you matriculate in the fall. In fact, when you attend orientation in the fall, you’ll get a password to KorbelCareers.com – your gateway to 2500+ employers, 300+ current internship and job postings for international affairs and many other resources.
We hope to meet you at the Discover Korbel event on April 7th and 8th!
Rae Ann Bories-Easley
Director of Career and Professional Development