Monthly Archives: November 2015

2015 Washington DC Career Trip

Early on the morning of Thursday, November 5th, 20 Fordham IPED students departed for IPED’s annual Washington DC Career Trip.  This trip provides an opportunity for students to explore internship and career opportunities with the United States government, connect with alumni working in DC, and experience the nation’s capital.

An early arrival allowed for a brief visit to the White House.

An early arrival allowed for a brief visit to the White House.

The first meeting took place at Elephant & Castle, with a presentation from two IPED alumna from the International Trade Administration–part of the Department of Commerce.

Connie Handley, IPED alumna, is the Deputy Director of the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center.

Connie Handley, IPED alumna, is the Deputy Director of the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center.

 

Dr. Schwalbenberg with Israly Echegaray--IPED alumna and International Trade Specialist with the Dept. of Commerce.

Dr. Schwalbenberg with Israly Echegaray–IPED alumna and International Trade Specialist with the Dept. of Commerce.

After a great lunch at Elephant & Castle, and a brisk walk around the Mall, the group headed to USAID.

The clouds parted for a beautiful view of the Washington Monument.

The clouds parted for a beautiful view of the Washington Monument.

At USAID, the group met with Tracy O'Hier, IPED alumna and Disaster Operations Advisor with the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance.  Tracy was joined by Kristin O'Planik, Enterprise Development Specialist.

At USAID, the group met with Tracy O’Hier, IPED alumna and Disaster Operations Advisor with the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance. Tracy was joined by Kristin O’Planik, Enterprise Development Specialist.

Current students and IPED alumni gathered for drinks and dinner at Tortilla Coast.

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The next day, the trip continued with a visit to the Department of Agriculture, where we heard from three alumni working with the Foreign Agricultural Service.  Sean Cox is currently a North Africa Desk Officer, Brian Dutoi is an International Agricultural Program Specialist, and Andres Romero is an International Development Program Manager.

The group in front of the massive building housing the Dept. of Agriculture.

The group in front of the massive building housing the Dept. of Agriculture.

The trip concluded with a visit to the U.S. Capitol, where the group was treated to an informative tour, a tiny train ride, and a visit to the Senate office of New York Senator Chuck Schumer.

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Next stop: Senate offices!

Next stop: Senate offices!

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Fordham IPED 2015 NYC Marathon Team

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The annual NYC Marathon is the world’s biggest and most popular marathon.  This year, among the 50,000 runners competing in the marathon on November 1st, Fordham IPED was officially represented by six athletes–four current students and two alumni.

The marathon team got together on a beautiful fall day on Fordham's Rose Hill campus for a photo shoot.

The marathon team got together on a beautiful fall day on Fordham’s Rose Hill campus for a photo shoot. From left to right, the runners included Samantha Andrews (’16), Matt Deakin (’15), Cata Jack (’16), Katie Jajtner (’12), Alexandra Strzempko (’16), and Camille Tacastacas (’16).

 

The marathon team had a committed cheering squad, urging them on at one of the toughest stretches of the marathon!

The marathon team had a committed cheering squad, urging them on at one of the toughest stretches of the marathon!

 

 

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2015 United Nations Career Trip

On Friday, October 30th, Fordham IPEDers spent the day at the United Nations, learning about some of the UN agencies and the important work they do.

The day started with a visit to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).  IPED recipients of the Arrupe Fellowship serve as interns at the UNDP during their time at IPED.

Eileen de Ravin, Program Manager of the Equator Initiative, introduced the group to careers at the UN and UNDP specifically.

The day continued at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Lilliana Carvajal, Statistics and Monitoring Specialist at UNICEF, is an IPED alumna.

Lilliana Carvajal, Statistics and Monitoring Specialist at UNICEF, is an IPED alumna.

Hiro Hattori, from the Data & Analytics section at UNICEF, presented research on the Out of School Children Initiative.

Hiro Hattori, from the Data & Analytics section at UNICEF, presented research on the Out of School Children Initiative.

Lunch was served at the Delegates Dining Room of the United Nations.

IPED alumni from the UN joined for lunch!

IPED alumni from the UN joined for lunch!

After lunch, the tour continued across the street at the U.S. Mission to the UN.

Kevin Lynch, Civil Service Officer and IPED alumnus, spoke about this work with the U.S. Department of State. He was joined by a colleague in the Foreign Service, and a student intern with the department.

Kevin Lynch, Civil Service Officer and IPED alumnus, spoke about his work with the U.S. Department of State. He was joined by a colleague in the Foreign Service, and a student intern with the department.

The day concluded with an official tour of the United Nations.

The UN Security Council meets in this beautiful room.

The UN Security Council meets in this beautiful room.

IPED students had the chance to learn about the history and current work of United Nations, speak to IPED alumni about how the program impacted their careers, and explore the possibility of working with the UN in the future.

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