Career Center Hosts First-Ever Careers in International Affairs Week

Nine Boston College alumni will be returning to campus to participate in the Career Center’s first-ever Careers in International Affairs Week (CIIAW) running Thursday, November 14 through Friday, November 22.

CIIAW is an opportunity for current students to explore a wide range of industries with a global focus. Boston College alumni will be participating in a variety of panels throughout the week to share their experiences and insights.

The week was launched in conjunction with the Career Center’s recent transition to a new career cluster model, which provides students with specialized coaching, programs, and resources that are targeted to their career interests. CIIAW is a signature program within the Government, Law, and Public Policy cluster headed by Salvatore Cipriano ’10, MA ’11, Assistant Director of Career Education.

Salvatore Cipriano

Salvatore Cipriano

“I see more and more students developing an interest in international affairs and it can sometimes be a bit daunting to figure out what types of opportunities and resources are out there related to these fields,” said Salvatore. “CIIAW was developed to provide students with more clarity on these career options and an opportunity to make important connections and prepare for future endeavors.”

The week begins on Thursday, November 14 with an international affairs alumni panel hosted in conjunction with International Education Week 2019. Moriah Bauman ’15, Abigail Horgan ’15, and Jackson Pellegrini ’18 will be discussing their career paths and how they work to make an impact both globally and locally.

The week continues with a discussion on graduate school options in the field of international affairs. It will feature a panel of alumni who are currently studying or working at the Fletcher School of International Affairs at Tufts University, including Kaye McKean ’16, Paola Perex ’16, Dionysios Kaskarelis ’01, and Lucia Foulkes, LAW ’15.

Other highlights of the week include a virtual discussion on living an expat life with Colleen O’Connor ’10, who is a nutrition officer at the UN World Food Programme in Bangladesh, as well as a talk hosted by Gabrielle Chwazik-Gee ’11 who is currently a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. State Department preparing for her next tour in Vietnam.

The entire week features 10 events in total, ranging from alumni panels to one-on-one chats to a workshop on resumes and cover letters.

The Career Center’s new model will feature more signature programs like CIIAW to help students make connections in their field of interest. Since launching in August, the Career Center has hosted a panel on advocacy and nonprofit career options, a career fair dedicated to STEM and Healthcare career fields, as well as a networking night for arts and entertainment, in addition to other smaller-scale events. Students can be notified of upcoming opportunities by subscribing to their cluster(s) of interest.



Calendar of Events


IEW 2019

Thursday, November 14

Thinking Globally, Working Locally: An International Affairs Alumni Panel
In Conjunction with International Education Week 2019
7:00–8:00 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 305

Join a panel of Boston College alumni working in international affairs careers right here in the Boston area. Learn about their career paths and how they make an impact both globally and locally.


Tuesday, November 19

Living the Expat Life with Colleen O'Connor '10
10:00–11:00 a.m.
Career Center

International Affairs Mini Sessions
1:00–3:00 p.m.
Higgins Hall, Room 280

Resumes and Cover Letters for International Affiars Workshop
5:00–6:00 p.m.
Stokes Hall, Room S295


Thursday, November 21

Global Career and Internship Opportunities in International Trade
1:00–2:00 p.m.
Career Center

Live from DC: Foreign Service Officer Gabrielle Chwazik-Gee '11
4:30–5:30 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 309


Friday, November 22

International Affairs Mini Sessions
1:00–3:00 p.m.
Fulton Hall, Room 240

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Internship Spotlight: U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru  Link to article
When I submitted my application for a State Department summer internship in September of 2018, it seemed like a shot
November 07, 2019
Why You May Want to Explore a Career in International Affairs  Link to article
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