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Alumni Spotlight

Our alumni work in many different fields and a large percentage persue a master's degree or enroll in law school.
Here a few examples of recent International Studies graduates:

2013 Michaela Prostak: Taught English in Guangzhou, China, for one year. Michaela is currently working on a master's in Asian Studies at Florida International University.

2013 April Adams: Tourism & Marketing Assistant at the Town of Mount Pleasant. Received a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the College of Charleston in May 2017.

2013 Caitlin Bettendorf: Currently finishing a master’s in International Affairs at George Washington University. She is working at the Department of State as a Pathways Intern in the Office of the Chief of Protocol while in school. Caitlin also interned at the British Embassy in Washington DC. 

2013 Richelle Ramey:  Spent June 2013-June 2014 studying Chinese on the Confucius Institute Scholarship in Guiyang, China. Will be starting at The University of Texas - Austin at the LBJ School for a master's in Global Policy Studies this fall.

2014 Sarah Sheafer: Received a master's degree in Security Studies with a concentration in Terrorism and Sub-state Violence from Georgetown University. Studied Arabic at the Middlebury program.

2014 Leland Gross: Working with the National Prayer Breakfast.

2014 Meghan Riddle: United States Air Force, 2nd lieutenant, Intel Officer. Currently stationed at Moody AFB in Valdosta, Ga with the 23 OSS, working with the A-10. Working on a master's in Intelligence Studies.

2014 Tara O'Malley: Working as an associate at the United Nations Foundation

2014 MaryAnn Robinson: Working in Washington D.C. as an Executive Assistant in the Visa Office at the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs.

2014 Christine Weiler:  Working for CEA Study Abroad as a Site Specialist for students planning to go abroad to Paris, Prague, Barcelona, and Shanghai. 

2014 Molly O'Riordan:  Worked at the non-profit humanitarian organization Women for Women International.

2014 Bryana Spann: Attending the University of Baltimore School of Law, anticipating graduating in 2018 with a concentration in international and comparative law. Also, a Fellow with the Center for International and Comparative Law.

2014 Rebecca Hughes: Attending the University of Michigan School of Law. She spent the last semester (January 2017-April 2017) completing an externship for
her law degree at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee in Geneva, Switzerland with their Protection Policy and Legal Advice Unit

2014 Christina Hefron Maschmeyer: Working at Fugro USA Marine, Inc., a Dutch company specializing in geotechnical engineering and consulting. She works as an exploration geophysicist, specializing in energy development in Latin America.

2015 Shelby Loveless: Teaching English in South Korea.

2015 Rachel Zielinski: Attending Elon University School of Law.

2015 Nina Cooley: Working in marketing management.

2015 Johnson Small: Owner/Principal of GHYD “guide” Adventures.

2015 Tanner Landvik-Larsen: Attending George Washington University for a master’s degree in International Affairs. 

2015 Britton Holmes: Finished a year with Americorps and City Year Jacksonville in June 2017 and is now in the Peace Corps Nicaragua as an Environmental Education Primary Teacher.

2016 Katie Booth: Working at a public health management corporation in Philadelphia as a research assistant.

2016 Olivia Cohen: Working as a copywriter for in San Francisco.

2016 Deniz Houston: Interned in with the Political Training Division at the State Department for 3 months and then was hired in the Public Diplomacy Training division as a program assistant. She was recently awarded the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Fellowship. Read about her in the College Today.

2016 Eleanor Sheers:  Interned at a PR firm for cyber security clients in Tel Aviv, Israel. Moved to Chicago for a one year master's in Management Studies program at Kellogg School of Management, at Northwestern University and now started a job as a Consulting Analyst at Accenture in Chicago. 

2016 Malcolm Kates: Finished a one year IRTA research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in May 2017 and is starting medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine this fall.

2016 Katelyn Scheetz: Currently working at the College's Office of Sustainability part time as the Assistant Internship Advisor. She is also interning with South Carolina Legal Services in their migrant farmworker program doing bilingual outreach.

2016 Madeline Edwards:  Moved to Amman, Jordan to work as a reporter/translator for the news website Syria Direct. She collaborates (in Arabic) with a team of Syrian refugee journalists to cover the war and daily life in Syria. Her articles can be found here.

2016 Olivia Ghiz: Working as a Site Director in London for the iCharleston program at CofC

2016 Rachel Taylor: Fulbright recipient, worked in Mexico teaching English after graduation. Now she is attending graduate school at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands studying International Development Studies.

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