The Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) will host the third annual International Studies Alumni Career Panel on March 18, 2019 in 1010 Weiser Hall (10th Floor). This alumni panel will showcase and celebrate the university’s rich history of contributions made by International Studies alumni, while providing valuable insight for current students as they start to develop their own career paths. The panel will include a student Q&A portion; a networking reception with light appetizers will follow.
PICS is home to the International Studies major and minor. Established in 2009, International Studies is one of the largest majors in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, with over 1,500 accomplished alumni worldwide. International Studies graduates pursue numerous career paths, many going on to work with corporations, non-profits, or government agencies, as well as progressing directly on to graduate school.
Learn where an International Studies major can take you!
Zoe Berkery, CleanCapital, New York, NY
BA International Studies – Global Environment and Health; BA Environment ’12
Zoe Berkery is the vice president of CleanCapital. Zoe’s responsibilities include asset management and optimization of CleanCapital’s solar portfolios, as well as assisting with operations and investor relations. Zoe’s passion for clean energy first took her to Washington, D.C. to focus on the policy side of the sector. She worked for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), a clean energy trade association, where she managed its clean air program area and assisted with international programs at the United Nations climate conferences. Prior to BCSE, Zoe worked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality in the Office of Federal Sustainability. She is the New York chapter co-chair for Women in Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy and a Clean Energy Leadership Institute Fellow. Zoe has also lived and studied in Dakar, Senegal.
Peter Calloway, San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, San Francisco, CA
BA International Studies – International Security, Norms and Cooperation ’13
Peter Calloway is a lawyer working with the San Francisco Public Defender’s office on a project targeting misconduct by prosecutors, the primary drivers of the American incarceration crisis. Through his project, he hopes to help re-sensitize the public and the actors in the criminal legal system to the harm and suffering the system produces daily. He is developing tools to enable public defender offices across the country to track and respond to the prosecutorial misconduct they routinely encounter. Peter graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies – International Security, Norms, and Cooperation. From there, he attended the University of Michigan Law School, where he developed a pro bono project designed to help people incarcerated in Louisiana prisons access the legal research they needed to litigate their appeals. Upon graduating in 2016, he spent a year serving as a law clerk to a judge on the Superior Court of Washington, D.C. Peter wants to help end mass human caging, racism, sexism, capitalism, many of the other “isms”, poverty, inequality, and injustice, and he hopes to align with people who want the same things. In his spare time, he tries to play the piano.
Eileen Enright, World Education, Cambridge, MA
BA International Studies – International Security, Norms and Cooperation; BA Political Science; BA Spanish ’16
Eileen Enright graduated in 2016 with bachelor's degrees in Political Science, Spanish, and International Studies. During her time at Michigan, she co-founded the Panhellenic Peer Educators, interned at the U.S. House of Representatives and for KIWAKKUKI Women Against AIDS Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, studied abroad in Buenos Aires, and earned Highest Honors for her thesis examining the relationship between election quotas and female political power. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 2016 to 2018 in Mozambique, where she managed HIV prevention and treatment campaigns. Eileen currently lives in Cambridge and works for an international development company called World Education, where she and a team of other returned Peace Corps Volunteers manage USAID projects in Mozambique.
Martha Fedorowicz, Urban Institute, Washington, D.C.
BA French; BA Political Science; minor, International Studies ’11
Martha Fedorowicz received bachelor's degrees in Political Science and French with a minor in International Studies from the University of Michigan in 2011. Following graduation, she moved to Morocco to serve as a youth development volunteer in the Peace Corps from 2012 to 2014. After returning from the Peace Corps, Martha continued to work in the youth development field as a site-based program coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Chicago. In 2016, she returned to the University of Michigan to pursue a masters of public policy degree from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. While there, she specialized in neighborhood development, local government innovation, civic engagement, and housing policy. As a masters student, Martha interned with the City of Detroit Mayor’s Office in the Department of Neighborhoods and worked on consulting projects for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and the City of Lansing Department of Neighborhoods and Citizen Engagement. During school, she also worked part-time as the head U-M campus recruiter for the Peace Corps and was a graduate student instructor for the “Introduction to Arab Culture” class in the Department of Middle East Studies. Following graduation, Martha was hired as a special projects administrator for the City of Lansing's Department of Neighborhoods and Citizen Engagement. She is now working as a policy analyst in the Research to Action Lab at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. In this role, she works with local government agencies and nonprofits to deliver technical assistance and translate research into implementable policy.
Daniel Habif, Comcast NBCUniversal, Washington, D.C.
BA International Studies – International Security, Norms and Cooperation ’15
Daniel graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 with a BA in International Studies focused on International Security, Norms and Cooperation. After graduating, Daniel moved to Washington, D.C. and began working for Congressman David Scott. Interested in going to law school, Daniel then got a job as a paralegal at a white-collar law firm where he worked until he began law school at American University. At law school, Daniel has gained professional experience from numerous government agencies, including the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission, as well as the federal courts for Judge Walton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Through these internships, Daniel found his legal focus in antitrust and communications law. Last summer, Daniel worked in the Brussels office of Bryan Cave on European Union antitrust law, and is currently interning in the Public Policy Office of Comcast NBCUniversal.
Nicole Khamis, American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, Detroit, MI
BA International Studies – International Security, Norms and Cooperation; BA Middle Eastern and North African Studies ’17
Nicole Khamis graduated in 2017 from the University of Michigan with majors in International Studies and Middle Eastern and North African Studies. During her time as a student, Nicole founded the Michigan Refugee Assistance Program, a nonprofit organization which serves to utilize students as resources for recently resettled refugees during the global refugee crisis. In her first year as a postgraduate, Nicole was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship, and lived in Jordan while working for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees as a teacher. During her time in Jordan, Nicole also interned with the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), where she worked as a translator and legal intern. With these experiences and exposure to the injustices and structural inequalities refugees face, Nicole hopes to go to law school in the near future and specialize in refugee and asylum law. Currently, Nicole is an intern at the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan.
Hugo Le Du, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Columbus, OH
BA International Studies – Political Economy and Development; BA Economics ’14
Hugo Le Du was born in Grenoble, France, immigrating to the United States with his family in 1998. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2014 with dual majors in International Studies and Economics. While in school, Hugo was a part of the WE READ volunteer organization, which focused on helping underserved elementary students improve their reading skills. He has carried on this passion for helping to increase literacy by currently volunteering in the Columbus Public Library System. Hugo started his career at J.P. Morgan Chase in 2015 as an analyst in a corporate development program where he was exposed to both the consumer bank, and asset and wealth management sides of the business. After completion of the program, Hugo settled in his current full-time role as a control manager in the consumer bank. His responsibilities include ensuring that all risks within consumer banking are properly mitigated, as well as performing reporting and analytics. In his free time, Hugo enjoys playing soccer, hiking, traveling, and going to concerts.
Aditi Shetty, Human Rights Watch, New York, NY
BA International Studies – Political Economy and Development; BA Political Science ’14
Aditi Shetty is the senior program coordinator at Human Rights Watch, where she has worked in the Program Office since 2016 to support strategy, research, and programming across the organization’s 15 regional and thematic divisions. She has also conducted field research in Kenya and currently manages the production process for the annual World Report. As an elected union representative at Human Rights Watch, she also works to protect and defend the rights of United States–based support staff and provides input on institutional initiatives and priorities. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Aditi interned with the Global Policy and Advocacy team at Global Citizen, where she supported campaigns on global refugee education and women’s rights, published editorials and op-eds, and provided research assistance on various domestic and international policy issues. She is also a volunteer crisis counselor and advocate with the Crime Victims Treatment Center, providing emergency room intervention and advocacy for survivors of sexual assault and domestic and intimate partner violence in New York City. Aditi is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations Young Professionals Briefing Series and was a 2018 Fellow for Emerging Leaders in Public Service at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Aditi graduated from the University of Michigan in 2014 with bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and International Studies – Political Economy and Development. She also pursued coursework in History and International Law at Trinity College, University of Oxford.
Bryna Worner, Program in International and Comparative Studies and Donia Human Rights Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
BA International Studies; BA Political Science; BA Spanish ’13