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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Next stop: Senate offices!