Career Week

Monday, February 22, 2021 (All day) to Friday, February 26, 2021 (All day)
Pitt students are encouraged to explore careers in human rights, diplomacy and intelligence, health and well being and international education during conversations with professionals, many of whom are Pitt alumni!
Learn about the agencies where they work, graduate schools they attended, how they landed the job and what they find interesting in their work. Afterward connect with them via LinkedIn and Pitt's Commons. Cap off the week with a Pitt student/alumni happy hour. Register below for meetings and happy hour.

This week is a collaboration with the African Studies Program, Russian and Eurasian Studies Center (REES), and the Global Studies Center.



Alumni Happy Hour ~ February 26 at 5 PM

Grab a drink and connect, with old friends and current students. While each year we typically enjoy hosting an alumni/student networking reception in Washington DC, this year we have a unique opportunity to extend this networking event beyond DC metropolitan area!  After some brief introductions, we’ll break out into two sequential small break-out rooms for more personal engagement -- based on interest and location. 



*Please refer to category and field to determine topic of interest*

Wednesday, February 24 and Friday, February 26
Careers in International Education


Wednesday, February 24, at 4 PM
Field: International Education
Panel on Careers in the International Education Field 
Organizations: School of Field Studies, American Bar AssociationAmerican CouncilsCET Study AbroadWorld Learning

  • Alicia Houser, Frances Tish, Tim Baird, and Carrie Kramer - Did you like studying abroad? How would you like a career where you could travel and design study abroad experiences? Join a panel of professionals who work in the international education field and see if you would like to do something similar! 

Tuesday, February 23, Wednesday February 24, and Thursday, February 25
Careers in International Development


Tuesday, February 23, at 2:30 PM -3:30 PM
Organization: Chemonics
Field: International Development, Human Security
Watch the Presentation

  • Priyanka Srinivasa ’19 GSPIA, African Studies, -  Priyanka is a senior associate at Chemonics and has seven plus years of International Development management and field experience in Lesotho, India, the Philippines, Egypt, Mexico, Denmark, Spain, Greece, Germany, & The US examining gender, youth rights, governance, countering violent extremism (CVE), climate change, child protection, migration, and education in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. Join us as she discusses her career journey at Chemonics and other development experiences.   


Thursday, February 25, at 4 PM 
Field: International Development and Health/ Well-being

Organization: USAID

  • Joshua Karnes - Joshua Karnes is a Foreign Service Officer with the US Agency for International Development.  A Global Health Professional, he has over twenty years of international and development experience.  Prior postings include Central Asia, where he worked on projects to improve early grade reading and fight HIV and multi-drug resistant TB in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Before Central Asia, he served in Ethiopia, The Democratic Republic of Congo, and Senegal.  Prior to joining USAID, he worked for the US Food and Drug Administration's Office of Regulatory Affairs.  He also served with the American Red Cross in the US, Germany, Kosovo, Iraq, and Indonesia. Do you want an exciting international career working for the US government? Join us and learn from Josh Karnes who has over 20 years of development experience working on Global Health and Education.  



Monday, February 22, Tuesday, February 23, Wednesday, February 24, and Thursday, February 25

Careers in Human Rights and Human Security

Monday, February 22,  at 4 PM
Organization: Amnesty International USA

  • Adotei Akwei - Deputy Director for Governmental Relations will discuss his work at Amnesty, updates at Amnesty, and his career trajectory, Adotei is a political analyst, an experienced advocate, and campaigner on civil, political, economic and social rights, US foreign and security policy as well as a rights-based approach to ending poverty with field experience in Africa and Asia.


Tuesday February 23, at 4 PM
Organization: Alliance for Peacebuilding
Watch the Presentation

  • Stephanie Budaker - she will discuss her work at AfP, value of internship experience and opportunities with AfP.


Wednesday, February 24, at 6 PM
Organization: Fenton Communications

  • Emma Cummings-Kruger - Account Executive at Fenton, supports media and messaging strategy, content development, for clients National Park Foundation, The Climate Mobilization, Color Of Change, and Wallace Global Fund.  Emma will discuss skills sought for media, communications positions to support human rights programs.


Thursday, February 25, at 7 PM
Careers in Immigration Law and Refugee Settlement.

*The speaker will present on their work and their respective law school choices.*

Wedndesday, February 24, and Friday, February 26
Careers in Health and Well-Being


Wednesday, February 24, at 12 PM
Field: International Development and Health/ Well-being

Organization: World Bank

  • ​​Liza Mitgang '13 (Urban Studies, BPHIL/IAS/Global Studies) - MS, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Liza serves as the Program Coordinator for the Service Delivery Innovation team in the Health, Nutrition, and Population global practice at the World Bank.  Liza will discuss her current position, opportunities with the World Bank, her experience at London School of Hygiene.


Wednesday, February 24, at 5 PM
Organizations: CARES and NASTAD
Watch the Presentation

  • Maddie Little '15 (Anthropology) MPH Emory University is Program Associate for the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) and is interested in project management, health communications, and process improvement in public health. 
  • Lillie Armstrong '12 (Sociology), MPH University of North Carolina, is Senior Manager of Drug User Health at NASTAD, supporting the development and operation of harm reduction services through federal, tribal, state, local, and community-based agencies.
  • Cassandra Ott '14 (Microbiology) MHS Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, works as an Epidemiologist with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency. She assists with data analysis for the local COVID-19 response and is the surveillance lead for a CDC grant focused on opioid surveillance and prevention.


Friday, February 26, at 2 PM
Organizations: CDC

  • Katie Sives '18 GSPIA/GSPHH - nformerly served as Policy Fellow with Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention. Recently, Katie assumed a new position at CDC working with COVID-19 response.


Tuesday, February 23, Wednesday, February 24 and Friday, February 26
Careers in Diplomacy/Security and Intelligence Studies

Tuesday, February 23, at 12 PM  
Organization: Novetta  
Watch the Presentation

  •  ​​Dr. Elise Thorsen (Senior Open Source Analyst) (REES Alumni) and Dr. Beach Gray (Senior Open Source Analyst) of Novetta. Dr. Thorsen and Dr. Gray specialized in Slavic languages and literatures at Pitt, use their regional expertise to help Novetta provide data-driven, area studies expert-honed insight into the global information environment. This vital industry is projected to grow enormously in the coming years, and provides excellent opportunities to students of foreign languages and area studies.  


Thursday, February 25, at  3 PM  
Organization: National Democratic Institute

  • Megan Tingley and colleagues at the National Democratic Institute (NDI). NDI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability and government. 



Wednesday, February 24, at 3 PM
Organization: US State Department
Watch the Presentation

  • Nina Murray (Deputy Division Chief, Cultural Programs, US State Department), - grew up in Lviv, Ukraine, and holds advanced degrees in linguistics and creative writing.  Since becoming a Foreign Service Officer in 2011, Nina has served in Lithuania, Canada, Russia, and Washington, D.C.
  • Holly Mayton (US State Department)
  • Paul Fariss​ (US State Department)



Friday, February 26,  at 12 PM
Field: Diplomacy/ Security and International Education

Organization: National Security Education Program

  • Roy A. Savoy (Executive Liaison Support Officer, NSEP) - completed a distinguished career of over 34 years with the Central Intelligence Agency. He has a demonstrated record of accomplishment as a Senior Intelligence Service (SIS) member in fields of Human Resource Management and Administrative Support. His background includes extensive experience in recruitment and staffing, salary and benefits, employee development and customer and operational support. In addition to his domestic service, Mr. Savoy lived and worked for a number of years in both Asia and Europe. Mr. Savoy will discuss international career and scholarship opportunities at the Department of Defense, such as the Boren Fellowship, the Critical Language Scholarship, and the Presidential Management Fellowship.


Friday, February 26, at 5 PM ~ Alumni Happy Hour

* Registration required for attendance*

Sponsored by: University of Pittsburgh's Global Studies Center, African Studies Center, and REES

Global Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh
Elaine Linn
Director of Academic Affairs