The Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) will host its Fifth Annual International Studies Virtual Alumni Career Panel virtually on Monday, March 15, 2021 from 5-6:30pm ET via Zoom. Please note: This session will be held virtually EST through Zoom. This webinar is free and open to students, but registration is required. Once you've registered, the joining information will be sent to your email.
Register at: http://myumi.ch/AxRwe
This virtual 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.
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 2000 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!
This event is co-sponsored by: Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Department of Political Science, LSA Opportunity Hub, and Sigma Iota Rho – Honor Society for International Studies.
Jasmine Bell, MPH, Health Policy and Services Analyst, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
BA International Studies – Global Environment and Health; BA Spanish ‘17
Jasmine Bell is a Health Policy and Services Analyst, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She was previously a research Project Manager in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology with the University of Michigan. Jasmine received her master’s in public health from the University of Michigan where she studied Health Behavior and Health Education with a concentration in sexual and reproductive health. During her MPH she had the opportunity to participate in a community based surveillance project in rural Ghana to measure maternal mortality. She had the opportunity to publish with USAID for their family planning division. She also co-instructed a course on facilitating global engagement through the Global Scholars Program. In the future she hopes to continue being involved in community engaged research.
Jacob Bailey, MA, Intelligence Analyst, Foreign Assessment and Counterterrorism Branch, United States Secret Service
BA International Studies – International Security, Norms and Cooperation; BA Psychology; minor, Earth Science ‘18
Jacob Bailey is an Intelligence Analyst in the Foreign Assessment and Counterterrorism Branch of the United States Secret Service. As a member of the Foreign Operations Section, he is responsible for intelligence coverage during visits by USSS protectees to the European Union, as well as visits from European Heads of State to the U.S. Jacob graduated from the University of Michigan in 2018 with bachelor’s degrees in International Studies – Norms, Security, and Cooperation focus – and Psychology and a minor in Earth Science. After graduation, he received his Master’s Degree in Security Policy Studies from The George Washington University while working at the USSS, where he completed assignments in the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy and Open Source Intelligence Unit. While at Michigan, Jacob interned in the Parliament of Canada, studied abroad in New Zealand, and wrote a thesis on renewable energy prospects in Saudi Arabia.
Anne Canavati, MPA, Senior Analyst, Energy Futures Initiatives
BA International Studies – International Security, Norms and Cooperation; BA Arabic; BA Middle Eastern and North African Studies; minors, Business and Environmental Studies ‘16
Anne Canavati is a Senior Analyst at the Energy Futures Initiative (EFI), a non-profit think tank founded by the 13th Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz. At EFI, Anne conducts research and analysis on energy and climate policy, technology, and social equity issues. Previously, Anne earned a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Prior to grad school, Anne held positions in working immigration law for a year and half and conducting research on electronic waste disposal in Ghana through a fellowship from the University of Michigan. As an undergraduate, Anne competed on and was Vice President of the U-M Club Triathlon Team, served as President of the Palestinian Student Association, worked as a research assistant for the Program on Intergroup Relations, and participated in Dance Marathon, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, and a number of other organizations.
Munmun A. Khan, MPH, Health Policy Analyst, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
BA International Studies – International Security, Norms and Cooperation; minor, Community Action and Social Change ‘14
Munmun A. Khan grew up in Detroit, Michigan, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she received her Master of Public Health and Certificate in Global Health from the U-M School of Public Health ’16 and received her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with minor in Community Action and Social Change ‘14. Munmun started her career in federal service as a Presidential Management Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At CDC, she manages the global health portfolio, with a focus on congressional affairs, appropriations, and budget policy. During her time at Michigan, she was an active member of the Global Scholars Program, The Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR), and Gates Millennium Scholars at Michigan. She currently serves as the President of the Gates Millennium Scholars Alumni Association, and is also an alumna of the New Leaders Council, Atlanta chapter. In her downtime, Munmun enjoys traveling, listening to podcasts to feed her curiosity for random knowledge, and enjoying diverse cuisines throughout Atlanta.
Jennifer Kwon, Legislative Assistant, U.S. House of Representatives
BA International Studies – International Security, Norms and Cooperation; BA Political Science ‘16
Jennifer Kwon is a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (D-PA). Prior to her current role, she was an Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) fellow for Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY). Born in South Korea but raised in Louisville, Jennifer graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies. Upon graduation, Jennifer served as an English Teaching Assistant in Sejong City, South Korea through the U.S. Fulbright Program. She taught first through sixth graders while learning more about the culture and language of her heritage. Prior to her Fulbright grant year, Jennifer gained valuable government and public affairs experience at our nation’s capital. Her experience includes interning at the Bureau of Industry and Security at the U.S. Department of Commerce, the office of Rep. Joaquin Castro, and SKDKnickerbocker. Jennifer was also part of the Council of Korean American’s (CKA) inaugural public service program. Shaped by her experiences, Jennifer strives to build a coalition among AAPI communities and remove barriers for minority communities while pursuing her passion in national security and foreign affairs. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys watching Korean dramas, reading, and traveling.
Bryna Worner, Program Coordinator, Program in International and Comparative Studies and Donia Human Rights Center, University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
BA International Studies – International Security, Norms and Cooperation; BA Political Science; BA Spanish ‘13
Bryna Worner is an academic program specialist at the University of Michigan's International Institute for the Program in International and Comparative Studies and the Donia Human Rights Center. Bryna is responsible for public programming, financial and administrative support, and a number of new initiatives that have greatly increased student and alumni engagement. She has been with the International Institute since November 2015. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, she held positions at Edelman in consumer public relations and at The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company in their global corporate affairs department. Most recently, she worked at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs in both the programs and communications departments. Bryna earned her Bachelor of Arts with a triple major in International Studies, Political Science, and Spanish from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain