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Helping Jackson School students transition from academic to professional life

December 12, 2022

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In winter and spring 2022, over 100 Jackson School students gained new insights into their dream job, thanks to a new Alumni Career Event Series launched by the Jackson School’s Office of Career Services Director, Alice Kim.

During seven sessions, 34 Jackson School alum representing a wide array of industries volunteered their time to give first-hand insights into their chosen career pathways, from sharing skills they learned at the Jackson School that they use in their jobs to information about their respective industries.

Held in-person and online, the discussions centered on opportunities in tech, education, policy and government, and NGO and non-profits. The alumni represented bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the Jackson School, from entry-level and mid-career roles to senior leadership.

Examples of organizations represented by Jackson School alum during 2021-2022 include:

  • Accenture
  • Amazon
  • Change Effect Consulting
  • Forza DC, LLC
  • Grand View Strategies
  • Magic Fund
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the United Nations
  • PitchBook Data
  • Relief International
  • Sea Mar Community Health Centers/Sea Mar Museum of Chicano/a/Latino/a Culture
  • Starbucks
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • US-China Study Institute
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Army Reserve
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Bureau of International Labor Affairs
  • U.S. Treasury

Examples of job titles of the Jackson School alumni career event panelists:

  • Adviser
  • Communications Officer
  • DEI Data Analyst
  • Development Operations Management
  • Economic Research Analyst
  • Founder and Chief Strategist
  • Project Coordinator
  • Managing Partner
  • Museum Director/Adolescent Medical Clinic Health Center Administrator
  • Cyber Threat Intelligence Manager
  • Business Development
  • Passport Specialist
  • History, International Relations Specialist
  • Foreign Area Officer
  • Air Force Officer
  • Senior Fellow
  • Senior Policy Specialist
  • Senior Consultant/Privacy Manager

In addition to the Alumni Career Event Series 2021-2022, in Spring 2022 over 20 Jackson School alumni visited the Jackson School Career Pathways class for undergrads and graduate students, to participate in career panels and help students practice their interviewing skills through conducting interview simulations.