Career Opportunities for International Studies Students
I majored in International Studies...Now what?
A panel discussion on career opportunities.
Lunch will be served.
Michelle Jones, 2013-14 Ford School Diplomat in Residence (DIR)
Jones is a seasoned Foreign Service officer whose most recent post was in Kabul, Afghanistan, where she oversaw the Fulbright academic and International Visitors Leadership programs and 18 Lincoln Learning Centers throughout the country. Previously, Jones served as consul and principal officer at the U.S. Consulate in Winnipeg, Canada, and as public affairs officer at the U.S. Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago where she was senior advisor to the ambassador and embassy spokesperson. She has also held posts in Bangladesh and Poland. She speaks Polish, Spanish, and Dari (Persian Farsi). Before joining the Foreign Service, Jones was associate professor of English at Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, where she taught twentieth-century British and American literature and founded the Women's Resource Center. Diplomats in Residence are Foreign Service officers who guide and advise students, professionals, and members of the community on Foreign and Civil Service careers, fellowships, and internships. The Ford School is one of only 16 schools selected by the State Department to host a Diplomat in Residence (DIR), who serves the Ford School, the broader U-M community, and a number of educational institutions in Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky.
Damian Manire ('03) lived and worked in the Czech Republic from 2002 to 2010. After studying in Prague as a Michigan undergraduate, Mr. Manire completed a Master's degree in literature at Charles University, where he wrote about transatlantic and expatriate culture. Since then, Mr. Manire has worked in European recruitment and for several years served as managing editor at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Czech Republic. In 2009, Mr. Manire formed the University of Michigan Alumni Association's first chapter in the Czech Republic, and today continues to organize alumni events abroad for the University.
Klementina (Tina)Sula ('07) is pursuing an international career right here in Ann Arbor. Since 2008, Tina has worked for the Development Office of the College of LSA. As Director of International Giving and Engagement, Tina works with alumni and donors outside of the United States to raise support for LSA students and programs. Tina graduated with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics and also pursued a Master of Public Policy degree at the Ford School as well as a Master's in Higher Education with a concentration in Philanthropy at the UM School of Education. Tina has a lot of international experiences including stints at the US Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine, US Mission to the UN in Geneva, Switzerland and Club de Madrid in Madrid, Spain.