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Student Spotlight: Owen Fitzgerald, Tess Hart, and Viktoriia Brezheniuk at UNDP

Owen Fitzgerald, Therese ‘Tess’ Hart, and Viktoriia Brezheniuk (IPED ‘18) are interning at the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Equator Initiative. The main purpose of the Equator initiative (EI) is to recognize and promote the achievements and innovations of indigenous peoples and local communities. Every two years, the EI announces a global call for nominations for their prestigious award called the Equator Prize. This Prize ultimately serves “to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. As local and indigenous groups across the world chart a path towards sustainable development, the Equator Prize shines a spotlight on their efforts by honoring them on an international stage.”

Owen shared his excitement that life is never boring at the UNDP: “Our responsibilities at UNDP’s Equator Initiative are ever-changing!” Upon arrival in September of 2016, Tess and Owen were working on a research project focusing on biodiversity and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. They assessed 60 different countries’ National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs), and teamed up with a few others to produce a publication highlighting their findings.

Now, their attention has been focused mainly on the Equator Prize 2017 with the help of Viktoriia, who joined the team in January 2017. The global call for nominations is being spread far and wide. In March, when nominations are due, the EI team will begin reviewing submissions for this prestigious award, a task our IPEDers will be taking part in.

As Arrupe Fellows, Tess and Owen had an automatic “in” for the position with UNDP. Viktoriia, a Ricci Fellow, was passionate about joining the team as well, so Tess and Owen offered Viktoriia’s resume to their boss and she was also accepted as an intern. 

Viktoriia, Tess, and Owen at UNDP

Owen and Tess are full-time students, interning part-time as a requirement for their fellowships. Viktoriia is pursuing her education part-time while interning with UNDP part-time and working with the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs at Fordham, also part-time.

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2016 Washington, D.C. Career Trip

On Thursday and Friday, November 3rd and 4th, IPED went to Washington, D.C. for the annual Washington, D.C. Career Trip

The IPED students began the trip at Elephant and Castle to meet with representatives from the International Trade Administration (ITA). The discussions began with Israly Echegaray, an IPED alumna, who now works with the ITA and was able to work on both the TTIP and TPP trade agreements.

Israly Echegaray speaks about the ITA

Israly Echegaray speaks about the ITA

Israly had two pieces of advice for those seeking a job with the government: 1. Read the job description and be sure to use keywords when answering the question. 2. When answering, don’t be too high level with your answers initially.

Next to speak was Constance Handley, another IPED alumna, who is now the Deputy Director of the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center (ITEC). Her career began with the ITA in the Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties office from which she moved around a little bit before her current position.

Constance Handley, Shane Subler, and Moses Cam pose at Elephant and Castle

Constance Handley, Shane Subler, and Moses Cam pose at Elephant and Castle

The final speaker from the ITA was Shane Subler, IPED alumni, who spoke briefly about his work with Ms. Handley in the ITEC doing analysis.

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IPEDers Victoriia Brezheniuk, Liya Khalikova, and Sydney Kornegay goofing around outside USAID

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IPED at USAID

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The flags at USAID

After lunch the IPED students spent some time at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The first speaker was Anthony Cotton, RPCV, IPED alumni and Peace Corps Fellow who went on to get the double Master’s degree in IPED and Economics. He was a Presidential Management Fellow before he began his work with USAID. He has had an exciting career so far, holding seven jobs in seven years within the agency.

Anthony Cotton speaking

Anthony Cotton speaking

His tips were: 1. Spend time meeting people and having informational interviews. 2. Make business cards as a means to induce someone to give you theirs. 3. Apply to everything because it helps you learn your own narrative and to nail your resume.

Next to speak was Sarah Webber, RPCV, IPED alumna, Arrupe Fellow, and Fulbright Fellow to Botswana. Ms. Webber works with the Health section of USAID coordinating and organizing health initiatives for USAID.

Her tip was to apply for the Presidential Management Fellow as it was an excellent way to get a foot in the door at USAID.

Sarah Weber and Tracy O'Heir

Sarah Weber and Tracy O’Heir

The last speaker of the day was Tracy O’Heir, a Jesuit Volunteer Corps alumna, IPED alumna and Arrupe Fellow. Ms. O’Hare is the team lead for the southern and western Africa Foreign Disaster Assistance.

Her tip was to study French because it is super useful for a career with USAID.

On Thursday evening IPED had its annual Washington, D.C. Alumni Dinner at Tortilla Coast. IPEDers, both current and past, mingled and discussed opportunities and shared tips.

Friday morning IPED students went to the United States Department of Agriculture. First to speak was Matt Pavone, an IPED alumni and recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Italy. Mr. Pavone works with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) as an Outreach Specialist working to implement credit and community support programs to small-scale US farmers.

Matt Pavone

Matt Pavone

Next to speak was Hoa Hyunh from the Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS). Mr. Hyunh is the Director of North Asia in the Agricultural Trade Office working in promotion of agriculture products overseas.

Hoa Hyunh

Hoa Hyunh

Hoa was followed by Jane Wilkins from the FAS. She is an IPED Alumna, and works as an analyst for foreign banks in order for them to take part in a US funded development program. She is a Civil Service Officer as opposed to a Foreign Service Officer.

Next was Brian Gruse who also worked for the FAS as Assistant Deputy Administrator. His focus was in capacity building in developing countries.

The two Brians (Brian Dutoi and Brian Gruse) speak at USAID

The two Brians (Brian Dutoi and Brian Gruse) speak at USAID

Finally, Brian Dutoi wrapped up the information session with a discussion of his with the the FAS in Food for Progress. He is also an IPED alumni and works on monetizing food commodities.

Following a lunch at the USDA cafeteria, the IPED students wrapped up their D.C. trip with a visit to the Millennium Challenge Corporation(MCC).

IPED at the Millennium Challenge Corporation

IPED at the Millennium Challenge Corporation

IPEDers Owen Fitzgerald, Victoriia Brezheniuk, Cody Harder, Edward Barbini, and Samantha Kinney at MCC

IPEDers Owen Fitzgerald, Victoriia Brezheniuk, Cody Harder, Edward Barbini, and Samantha Kinney at MCC

First to speak was Kari Nelson, formerly with the MCC, but recently moved to Social Impact. Ms. Nelson gave an overview of what the MCC does and the metrics used to determine country eligibility for “compacts.”

Keri Nelson pictured here with Melissa Griswald

Keri Nelson pictured here with Melissa Griswald

Beth Zitler, a Science and Technology Fellow, spoke next about Open Data and the Open Data Challenge.

Beth Zitler speaking on Open Data

Beth Zitler speaking on Open Data

Representatives from human resources, Tom Wyke and his co-worker, Gigi, spoke about internship opportunities and hiring process.

Next to speak was Melissa Griswald from the implementation section of MCC. She works on the actual compacts (projects) from the development stage to implementation.

We finished the session with Sarah Lane from monitoring and evaluation, who spoke about her work and some of the metrics used to evaluate the work done in the field.

Sarah Lane and an excellent visual aid describing how MCC works

Sarah Lane and an excellent visual aid describing how MCC works

It was a wonderful trip and the IPED first years were even able to do a little bit of sightseeing.

IPED 2018 in front of the White House

IPED 2018 in front of the White House

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World Food Systems Summer School – Jaclyn Yap

After completing my Language Immersion in France, I headed to Switzerland to attend the World Food Systems Summer School. It is organized by World Food Systems Center at ETH Zürich. This year’s theme was “Organic Agriculture and Food Systems.”

As an IPED student specializing in Global Environmental and Resource Economics, I purposely searched for a summer program that would help me gain a more holistic understanding of and interdisciplinary knowledge on the food system to supplement my academic research. Through the IPED Summer grant and the GSAS Professional Development Grant (PDG), I was able to take part in this unique opportunity to learn more about food systems.

Classroom session

Classroom session

 

The course ran from August 7 to 21, 2016 at Rheinau, Switzerland. Leading researchers and practitioners from agricultural production, food processing, health and nutrition, political economy, came to speak to us about their field. Aside from lectures, we also had plenty of group activities to further discuss the topics. The speakers were certainly very open to discussions with us students during breaks and even after the sessions.

My classmates and I visiting an apple orchard in Bachs

My classmates and I visiting an apple orchard in Bachs

 My groupmates and I presenting our final project to the class


My groupmates and I presenting our final project to the class

 

We did not spend the two weeks just inside the lecture halls. We also had farm tours, alpine excursions, and site visits. We got our hands dirty with our soil analysis activity and organic farming exposure. The field trips were definitely my favorite!

A beautiful day for Alpine Excursion in Graubünden

A beautiful day for Alpine Excursion in Graubünden

Soil analysis in Rheinau with my groupmates

Soil analysis in Rheinau with my groupmates

Making traditional Swiss bread “Zopf”. I’m at the back observing my Swiss friend as she skillfully did it.

Making traditional Swiss bread “Zopf”. I’m at the back observing my Swiss friend as she skillfully did it.

 

We stayed at a wonderful guesthouse in Rheinau. Our hosts served us the freshest and healthiest meals every day, as well as weekend barbecues at the garden! Coming from different backgrounds and culture, we spent many of our nights (and days) getting to know each other. We learned a lot from each other and made new friends and professional contacts.

My fellow participants and I dancing to a Kenyan song

My fellow participants and I dancing to a Kenyan song

 

Attending the summer school with amazing people who shared the same passion for food and for helping make the world a better place was truly a memorable and informative experience.

My Class Photo

My Class Photo

 

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Student Spotlight: Tyler Falish at the Council on Foreign Relations

Tyler FeatureDuring the spring of 2016, Tyler Falish (IPED 2017) is serving as an intern at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). CFR is an independent, non-partisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher.

Currently, Tyler supports the work of Ambassador John Campbell–the Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies–and Allen Grane, a research associate. The CFR Africa Studies program covers sub-Saharan Africa generally, but has a specific focus on Nigeria and South Africa. As an intern, he edits and cross-references the facts on posts that get published on the “Africa in Transition” blog, and conducts background research on articles and book chapters that Ambassador Campbell is writing. In addition, he monitors major political and economic events in sub-Saharan Africa and updates CFR Africa’s Twitter account.

In his spare time at CFR, Tyler researches and writes on African issues of personal interest. He recently published a blog post about the African Union and the limits to its power and efficacy in the context of the current instability in Burundi related to President Pierre Nkurunziza’s third term.

Tyler shares that working at CFR is a great experience, as CFR has a specific professional development program for their interns and provides them with opportunities to attend events hosted at CFR headquarters in New York City. “So far, I’ve attended a talk by Stanley Fischer, and most recently, Nobel Laureate Angus Deaton,” he adds.

Tyler learned of this internship opportunity with CFR from Samantha Andrews (IPED 2016) during the fall 2015 semester and applied as soon as the position was posted on the CFR website, as they hire on a rolling basis. He notes that there are a number of think tank internships at CFR each semester in New York and a few more in their DC office. He recommends that, in applying to think tanks generally, one must have and show a genuine interest in the subject matter, and emphasize one’s editorial and research skills, as those are the primary tools required in such positions.

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UN Climate Change Conference & the 2015 Equator Prize

The UN Climate Change Conference–or COP21–recently concluded in Paris. As this article articulates, two Fordham IPED students–Elizabeth Shaw and Joshua Voges–and IPED Director Dr. Henry Schwalbenberg were involved in the U.N. Development Programme’s Equator Initiative. The Equator Initiative hosted dialogues and an award ceremony while the climate negotiations occurred nearby.

Faculty and Students Head to Paris to Promote Climate Goals

Shaw and Voges have been interning with UNDP’s Equator Initiative since they began their graduate studies in 2014. You can learn more about the “Community Dialogues” that took place in Paris during COP21 below.

Equator Initiative Dialogues

Shaw and Voges in front of Sacre Coeur.

Shaw and Voges in front of Sacré-Cœur.

 

Representatives of the 21 Equator Prize 2015 gathered for community dialogues.

Representatives of the 21 Equator Prize 2015 gathered for community dialogues.

 

Dr. Schwalbenberg was in attendance at the Equator Prize 2015 Award Ceremony .

Dr. Schwalbenberg was in attendance at the Equator Prize 2015 Award Ceremony .

 

UN Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall was one of many speakers at the event, which was MC'd by Alec Baldwin.

UN Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall was one of many speakers at the event, which was MC’d by Alec Baldwin.

 

Equator Prize winners were honored for outstanding ​local achievement in advancing sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.

Equator Prize winners were honored for outstanding ​local achievement in advancing sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.

 

 

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