Opportunities in International Exchange & Education


Event Details

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM 
Carnegie Endowment Conference Center
1779 Massachusetts Ave NW
Choate Room
Washington, DC
Event type

Event Description

Determined to turn your interest for international cultures into a rewarding career? Engaging in citizen diplomacy and global exchange opens up a fascinating and dynamic network of opportunities.

In this course, we will explore:

•    Current career opportunities in international exchange & education
•    Cutting through the clutter – where are the jobs? NGOS, think tanks, schools, government, multinational organizations, & more
•    Expectations: career paths, salary expectations, lifestyle
•    What employers are recruiting for: academic degrees, crucial skills, & personal traits
•    Internships & building blocks that help you break into the field
•    How to get the job: who to know, how to get involved, resume & cover letter tips, successful interviewing
•    How to navigate a career path once you’ve got your job

Who should attend?

•    Students interested in cultural affairs, diplomacy, study abroad programs
•    Recent graduates considering or preparing for an international career in cultural exchange or education
•    Professionals interested in transitioning to an international career in cultural exchange or education

All attendees receive:

•    The FPA U Careers in International Exchange & Education Tool Book
•    Enrollment in the Foreign Policy Association Global Jobs email alerts
•    Free half-year digital subscription to Foreign Affairs magazine
•    Light food and drink during a networking/Q&A session

Event Speakers

    • Sherry Mueller - Instructor
      President Emeritus, National Council for International Visitors

      Sherry L. Mueller, PhD has provided leadership for the National Council for International Visitors since 1996, first as Executive Director and then as President, with the NCIV Board of Directors naming Ms. Mueller President Emeritus in October 2011. Before coming to NCIV, she worked for eighteen years for the Institute of International Education (IIE), serving as Director of the Professional Exchange Programs staff. During this time, she was also an adjunct professor, pioneering the first course on public diplomacy at American University’s School of International Service (SIS). Prior to joining IIE, Ms. Mueller served as an Experiment Leader to the former Soviet Union, an English Language Officer for the U.S. Department of State, and a lecturer at the University of Rhode Island.

      Ms. Mueller is an active volunteer and has served on the boards of various nonprofit organizations, including World Learning, the Public Diplomacy Council, Friendship Force International, Business for Diplomatic Action, and the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy. She serves on the American University School of International Service Dean’s Advisory Council and the Advisory Council of the International Student House in Washington, DC. Ms. Mueller has lived in Brazil, where she taught English and in May 2001, she served as a speaker for the U.S. Department of State in Saudi Arabia, giving lectures and conducting workshops on leadership development for nonprofit organizations.

      Ms. Mueller has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Fulbright Award for Citizen Diplomacy for “lifelong contributions to global understanding and cooperation, one handshake at a time, in the Fulbright tradition" from One to World, American University’s School of International Service Alumna of the Year Award at the German Embassy, and the U.S. Information Agency's Award for Outstanding Service.

      In October 2008, Georgetown University Press released Ms. Mueller's informative career resource guide, Working World: Careers in International Education, Exchange, and Development, written with co-author Mark Overmann.

      Ms. Mueller earned her M.A.L.D. and Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She is a native of northern Illinois.

    • Sherry Mueller
    • Marc St. Hilaire - Guest Speaker
      Coordinating Advisor, Center for Undergraduate Fellowships & Research, George Washington University


      Marc St. Hilaire is coordinating advisor at the George Washington University (GWU) Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research (CUFR), where he advises and assists undergraduates and recent graduates in applying for national and international fellowship and research opportunities in a variety of fields. Prior to his position at the CUFR, Marc was an advisor in the Office for Study Abroad at GWU. Before coming to GWU, Marc worked for the Institute of International Education, one of the oldest and most experienced non-profits in the field of international educational exchange and training. He is currently completing his MA in international education at GWU where he also earned a graduate certificate in career and workforce development and previously obtained his BA in international affairs from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Marc is also the recipient of an Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP) Fellowship and a Fulbright International Education Administrators Award. He remains active in promoting fellowships and international career opportunities to young leaders, presenting regularly to programs such as the Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program and has served as a panelist at the National Association of Fellowship Advisors Bi-annual Conference.  

    • Marc St. Hilaire