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: Previously worked as the Tourism & Marketing Assistant at the Town of Mount Pleasant. After receiving a master's degree in Public Administration from the College of Charleston in May 2017 she moved to New York where she works for Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC.

2013 Caitlin Bettendorf: Is 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 2013/ 2014 studying Chinese on the Confucius Institute Scholarship in Guiyang, China and is now attending The University of Texas - Austin for a master's Global Policy Studies. She has been working as a graduate assistant for UT’s Study Abroad Office working on International Internships.

2014 Sarah Sheafer: Graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in May 2017 with an M.A. in security studies and a concentration in terrorism and substate violence. She works as an analyst at Valens Global, which is a small DC-based consulting firm that focuses on the threat posed by violent nonstate actors. Some of their clients include Customs and Border Protection, Google's think tank Jigsaw, and the Office of Naval Research.

2014 Eric Britton: Has been working in rural Guatemala for the development organization "Mayan Families" that focuses on education, nutrition, and healthcare for indigenous Maya. He served as the Interim Executive Director of the organization and will be attending the Georgetown School of Foreign Service in the fall.

2014 Leland Gross: Is working with the National Prayer Breakfast.

2014 Meghan Riddle: Is a United States Air Force, 2nd lieutenant, Intel Officer. Meghan is working on a master's in Intelligence Studies.

2014 Tara O'Malley: Is working as an Associate at the United Nations Foundation

2014 MaryAnn Robinson: Is 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:  Is 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 Rebecca Hughes: Is attending the University of Michigan School of Law. She spent a 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.

2014 Benjamin Cauthen: Is teaching English and German in Prague.

2015 Shelby Loveless: Is teaching English in South Korea.

2015 Rachel Zielinski: Attended Elon University School of Law, passed the bar and is now working at a law firm in Charleston.

2015 Nina Cooley: Is working in marketing management.

2015 Johnson Small: Is the Owner of GHYD “guide” Adventures.

2015 Tanner Landvik-Larsen: Is 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.

2015 Leah Kuttruff: Completed a Master's at Christie's Education in London in November and is now working at Christie's NY.

2015 Kate Werley: Is working as a Health Policy Advisor/Legislative Assistant, in the Office of Rep. Mike Doyle (PA-14), U.S. House of Representatives.

2016 Kelssy Ambrosio: Is working as a community health worker through MUSC for PASOs, a community-based non-profit that works with the Latino population to promote health, education, advocacy, and leadership development.

2016 Katie Booth: Is working at a public health management corporation in Philadelphia as a research assistant working on projects related to sexual health, tobacco cessation, diabetes, and early childhood. This fall Katie will be attending Columbia University to pursue a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree.

2016 Olivia Cohen: Is 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 then started a job as a Consulting Analyst at Accenture in Chicago. 

2016 Malcolm Kates: After a year of a IRTA research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health Malcolm started medical school in May 2017 at the University of Florida College of Medicine. This summer he travelled to Geneva, Switzerland as a member of the Global Heath cohort of the Duke University Global Policy (DGP) Program, taking a graduate public policy course through Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy and interning at the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Quality Systems and Resilience (QSR) Unit.

2016 Katelyn Scheetz: Is 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: Is working as a Site Director in London for the iCharleston program at CofC

2016 Rachel Taylor: Is a Fulbright recipient, who 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.

2016 Brittany L. Duncan: Completed a certified paralegal studies program through Boston University and now works for the College of Charleston as a Paralegal in the Office of Legal Affairs.

2017 Lauren Shipley: Started the nonprofit Artisan Global to support the artisans in Northern Uganda

2017 Krista Pequegnat: Is a Corporate Travel Consultant in Greenville at Travel Incorporated.

2017 Maggie Panetta: Is working as a Program Assistant at the International Rescue Committee in the Middle East division.

2018 Jayla Goodwin: Is working in the JET Program in Japan as a Cultural Ambassador

2018 Eric Singleton: Is working as a Grant Analyst at the Susan Thompson Buffet Foundation

2018 Crystle Siegel: was awarded the Rotary Ambassadorial Grant and will be using it to study Culture and Politics in the Netherlands

2018 McCathern Painter: Is working at the non-profit ‘Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy’ on the Immigrant Justice Project.

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