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2017 Council on Foreign Relations Career Trip

On Friday, March 3, the IPED students had their final career trip of the year to the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York City. The students visited the think tank and were able to meet and hear from Gordon M. Goldstein. Mr. Goldstein spent his time telling us his story and discussing cyber/internet security opportunities and challenges.

IPED at the CFR with Dr. Schwalbenberg

He has previously worked with the United States Mission to the United Nations at the World Conference for International Telecommunications (WCIT) in 2012 and is currently working on crises in cyber security. Mr. Goldstein said that the internet is too powerful a tool to allow market forces to work on it freely, necessitating a national policy.

At the Council round table

Gorgeous interior of the CFR

Mr. Goldstein closed with some advice to the IPED students in their search for a job. He explained that the students should have fifty conversations with fifty new people and to get contacts for three more people from each of them. In this way, the students can grow their knowledge base through the experience of others and their network, which is of the utmost importance. Along with this advice he stressed that students should not be afraid to make cold calls, because people genuinely want to help and will respond to sincere interest.

IPED pictured with Mr. Gordon Goldstein (center).

The IPED students ended their day with some pictures at the Council’s headquarters.

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2017 Finance Career Trip

On Friday, Februrary 24, students from the IPED Class of 2018 attended the annual Finance Career Trip in New York City.

IPEDers Moses Cam, Robyn Emory, Carlos Baeta, Jessica Way, and Owen Fitzgerald at U.S. Trust

The students began their day at U.S. Trust and spoke with Joseph Quinlan (IPED Class of ’84) from Bank of America. Mr. Quinlan works in the research division as a Chief Market Strategist and shared his thoughts on the current global outlook, his experiences, and his advice (“READ!). He said of the IPED program, “IPED taught me how to think on multiple dimensions.”

IPED students listen as Mr. Quinlan speaks about his work with Bank of America

IPED Class of 2018 with Joseph Quinlan (Center) and Dr. Schwalbenberg.

After speaking with Mr. Quinlan, IPED visited the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA), one of many societies around the world that comprise the CFA Institute. Once there, the students were greeted by Mario Carias, who serves on the Board of Directors. The students were educated in what NYSSA does, how to become a certified charted financial analyst (CFA), and ways to become involved with NYSSA.

Mario Carias speaks to the IPEDers concerning NYSSA

Mr. Carias pictured with IPED ’18

Next, after a quick lunch, IPED ended their day with a visit to Ernst and Young (EY) where they met with Christina Innocentzi to discuss EY’s mission, the work they do, and job opportunities.

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Philippines Study Tour 2017

Fifteen IPED students and one Economics undergraduate traveled to the Philippines over the winter break for IPED’s annual immersion program in project monitoring and evaluation. The program was led by faculty advisors Dr. Henry Schwalbenberg and Dr. Booi Themeli and managed by Ms. Donna Odra.

Katipunan Road outside of Ateneo de Manila University

While in Manila, the students took extensive coursework in project monitoring and evaluation. Additionally, guest lectures on the history, culture, economics and politics of the Philippines provided useful insights.

IPEDers in class at Ateneo de Manila University

In addition to classes, the group was taken to Corregidor Island and Intramuros, two of the historical sites found in the Manila area. The students were also taken to visit the Asian Development Bank to learn about the work that they are doing.

IPED at the Corregidor ruins

Angeli and Donna at Intramuros in front of Fort Santiago

View from the roof of the Asian Development Bank

As a practical application of the coursework, students traveled to Calapan, Pola, and Bulalacao, towns in the province of Oriental Mindoro. The groups evaluated a farmer’s co-op creating organic fertilizer in Calapan, a calamansi juice co-op in Pola, and a seaweed processing association in Bulalscao. The groups were split up into five different teams and set to evaluate different aspects of each projects. Team 1 evaluated the fertilizer production, Team 2 evaluated the calamansi juice co-op’s management and production, while Team 3 evaluated the farming practices of the calamansi itself. The final two teams evaluated the management and production, respectively, of the seaweed association in Bulalacao.

Pola Crew

Bulalacao Crew

Sunrise in Bulalacao

The program concluded with a dinner cruise around Manila Bay.

Manila Bay

Here are a few of the promotional videos that the groups made for their project.

Calapan farmer’s co-op creating Vermitea, an organic fertilizer.

 

Two videos for the MARCCO co-op in Pola creating Calamansi products

The video for the Seaweed processing association in Balatasan, Bulalacao.

 

 

 

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Student Spotlight: Thiviya Navaratnam at Women’s World Bank

Thiviya Navaratnam is a part-time student with IPED

Thiviya Navaratnam is a part-time student with IPED

Thiviya Navaratnam (IPED 2017) is a Compliance Associate at Women’s World Banking. Women’s World Banking is a non-profit dedicated to helping low-income women in developing countries gain access to financial tools and services to economically empower themselves.

Thiviya works on the Finance team as a Compliance Associate (one of two) with 2016 IPED alumna Veronica Karpoich, Senior Compliance Associate. Thiviya works on contracting and consultant procurement to verify compliance with donors’ requirements.

Thiviya spoke about her task handling the procurement of various translators and interpreters to put on retainer, an arduous but fulfilling project that required finding multiple translators across several languages (quite a large project!)

Thiviya also shares her experience in obtaining her position. “I found the listing through the IPED jobs digest. Veronica, a part-time IPED student at the time, was looking to hire an Associate to work with her and I managed to convince her I was the best person for the job. I would encourage all IPED students to take advantage of the Jobs Digest and reach out to any alumnus they can. I have found that all alumni have been very helpful, and I’ve always appreciated their advice.”

Thiviya manages to keep up her rigorous class schedule as a part-time student while working full time with Women’s World Banking.

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Fordham’s Beta Mu Chapter of Sigma Iota Rho Honored with Chapter Spotlight Award

Dr. Henry Schwalbenberg and Tyler Falish receive the Chapter Spotlight Award on behalf of Fordham University.

Dr. Henry Schwalbenberg and IPED student Tyler Falish receive the Chapter Spotlight Award on behalf of Fordham University.

On Monday, November 28, representatives from the National Office of Sigma Iota Rho–the Honor Society for International Studies–visited Fordham University. Dr. Frank Plantan, President of Sigma Iota Rho (SIR), and Mark Castillo, Senior Liaison Officer, presented the Chapter Spotlight Award during a luncheon on Fordham’s Rose Hill campus.

“The Chapter Spotlight Award is given to the chapter that best exemplifies passion for, engagement with, and academic excellence in international studies. As Sigma Iota Rho was founded to foster and promote these pillars of learning, we are proud to feature those chapters which are models of our vibrant community of over 5,000 members and 160 chapters.”

Fordham University’s Beta Mu Chapter has garnered Sigma Iota Rho’s attention for its noteworthy growth in activity since its rebirth some three years ago. Participation in Beta Mu has nearly tripled in this time. Also of note is the accomplishments of its members. They have won internships ranging from Senatorial offices, humanitarian organizations (Human Rights Watch, Peace Corps, among others), and Global Outreach projects that have enabled them to positively affect international communities. Their promotion of social awareness of international affairs is further demonstrated by support of Sigma Iota Rho’s Journal of International Relations. The chapter was represented in the print edition of the 2016 Journal by Luke Zaro, whose article, “Ottoman Orientalism: A Guiding Principle of Turkish Foreign Policy in the Middle East,” passed a rigorous double-blind peer review. Congratulations to Beta Mu!”

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The stated purpose of SIR is ” to promote and reward scholarship and service among students and practitioners of international studies, international affairs, and global studies and to foster integrity and creative performance in the conduct of world affairs.”

During the luncheon, Dr. Plantan delivered a lecture on opportunities and challenges in the internship and job search for students of international studies. He emphasized the importance of taking initiative, aiming high early, and thinking broadly about the definition of a global opportunity.

Fordham University’s Beta Mu Chapter will begin recruiting 2016/2017 inductees to Sigma Iota Rho shortly.

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