Foreign Policy Jobs: from K Street to The Hill

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Foreign Policy Association

Event Details

Sunday, April 21, 2013
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM 
American University - School of International Service Founder's Room
4400 Massachusetts Ave.
Washington, DC
Event type

Event Description

Foreign policy is one of the most versatile fields with multiple career tracks offering a wide range of experiences. However, breaking into this field can be a daunting task.

In this seminar you will learn:

·  Where to look for foreign policy job opportunities: What are and are not worthwhile outlets?

· What foreign policy recruiters look for in a candidate: How can I properly market my academic and professional experience?

· About the numerous different types of career opportunities in foreign policy: What kinds of positions could I work in and where? What companies and institutions hire foreign policy professionals?

· Of gateway experiences or work into the field: What internships, jobs, or academic programs will land me a job in foreign policy?

· What it is like to work in the foreign policy field: I got the job, what can  I expect out of it?

All attendees receive:

• The FPA Foreign Policy Jobs Tool Book

• Enrollment in the Foreign Policy Association Global Jobs email alerts

• Light food and drink during networking/Q&A session

• A complementary six-month digital subscription to Foreign Affairs Magazine

Who should attend this seminar?

• Undergraduate and Graduate Students considering or preparing for a career in foreign policy

• Young Professionals interested in beginning a career in foreign policy

• Mid-Career Professionals transitioning to a career in foreign policy



For those unable to attend any of our Global Career Boot Camps, the course specific Tool Book for each Boot Camp can be purchased for $30 on the registration page. This will include the material covered at the event, from resume writing to field-specific advice. To purchase a Tool Book for any event, purchase the “Tool Book” ticket on that Boot Camp’s Eventbrite listing. You will receive a link to the downloadable Tool Book (PDF) via email within 48 hours of your registration.


This Global Career Boot Camp is sponsored by The American University School of International Service (SIS), Linktank, and SocialVents.

Event Speakers

    • Brad Traverse - Instructor
      Founder, The Brad Traverse Group

      Brad Traverse has more than 25 years of experience in government relations, public policy and executive management. His career includes running the D.C. office of a major non-for-profit company, leading a national trade association as its executive director, managing the lobbying activities of a Fortune 100 manufacturing company, and serving as a legislative aide for two U.S. Senators. He has built a strong record and solid reputation both on and off Capitol Hill as a knowledgeable and highly respected member of the government affairs and public policy world, particularly in the field of healthcare.

      Brad started compiling job leads more than 15 years ago as a way to connect his job-hunting friends with employee-seeking colleagues in Washington, D.C., and to share leads on often unpublished positions. Originally sent as a weekly email, the number of subscribers and leads grew and grew until it became impossible to manage by webmail. In 2006, he created so his members could have access to new leads on a daily basis and so they could more easily search for jobs using the category and keyword functions. Today, Brad has more than 3,000 leads posted on his site, with none more than two months old. He runs the business with his wife, Fraser Traverse, who handles the customer service, technology and book-keeping side of things.

    • Brad Traverse
    • David Kirk - Instructor
      Director, Young Atlanticist Program at the Atlantic Council

      David Kirk joined the Atlantic Council after working in the Political Department of the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee. During the 2008 election cycle Kirk  was communications director for the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund’s statewide campaigns in both Colorado and New Mexico. As communications director and spokesman, he was responsible for building an earned media program that received mention in over 200 news stories in less than 7 months. Prior to joining Defenders, Kirk worked as communications director for Mike Waltner for US Congress, where his press operation outpaced three other primary campaigns in earned media by a 3 to 1 margin.

      In addition to campaign experience Kirk has worked as a consultant for the Development Executive Group, as a policy analyst in the International Affairs office of Underwriter’s Laboratories Inc., and as project coordinator at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. He has interned at the German Marshall Fund, the Office of Congressman John Conyers, Jr., the US Department of Commerce Foreign Service, the National Veterans Legal Services Program, and the Embassy of Mexico in the United States.

      David holds a MA in international studies and diplomacy from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and a BA in international relations from Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland.

    • David Kirk
    • Daniel Whitman - Guest Speaker
      Assistant Professor School of Prof & Extd Studies, American University

      Daniel Whitman is Assistant Professor of Foreign Policy at the Washington Semester Program. He received his PhD from Brown University in French Studies in 1979, and pursued a career in the Senior Foreign Service at the U.S. Department of State, 1985-2009.

      His publications include an account of his two years as Spokesman at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, 1999-2001 (A Haiti Chronicle: The Undoing of a Latent Democracy, 2004). He has published articles on African contemporary literature and oral tradition, notably in his book Kaidara, 1987. His travel articles have appeared in a number of publications, including the New York Times and International Herald Tribune.

      Whitman taught French at Thayer Academy in Braintree, Massachusetts, and was Program Officer at Delphi Research Associates in Washington, DC. He served as a Fulbright lecturer at Marien Ngouabi University, Brazzaville, Congo. In his career in the Foreign Service, he worked in Denmark, Spain, South Africa, Haiti, Cameroon, and Guinea-Conakry. In Washington he served in the Bureaus of African Affairs, Human Resources, and European Affairs. He speaks French, Spanish, and Danish.

    • Daniel Whitman