The CIPA Office of Career Management held its annual Washington, DC career networking event at the Hotel Monaco on Oct. 27. More than 40 students took advantage of this opportunity to network with professionals from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
The day started out with a site visit to the World Bank. Students met with members of the Doing Business Group, which provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 190 economies and selected cities at the subnational and regional levels. Team representatives presented the methodologies Doing Business applies to collect data and construct comparable indicators, discussed how the global business climate has changed over time, and provided an overview of the key findings of the Group’s 2017 report.
CIPA alumna Valentina Saltane, MPA ’06, who serves as a Senior Private Sector Development Specialist for the World Bank’s Doing Business group, also met with CIPA students. She provided an overview of the skills and experience required for applicants to be competitive for World Bank job opportunities. She also emphasized the importance of researching organizations prior to applying, and offered tips on developing acceptable résumés and cover letters.
The second half of the day was spent at the Hotel Monaca, where students had the opportunity to interact with an array of policy professionals. Representatives were on hand from both the domestic market as well as the field of international development. Alumni played an integral role in this networking event, offering tips on coursework that they had found particularly applicable in their professional careers and suggesting steps that students might take to pursue jobs in their field of interest.
CIPA alumni who participated in the networking event included the following:
Rami Chami, MPA ‘07, Manhattan Strategy Group
Marcus Franklin, MPA ’16, NAACP
Amanda Goolden, MPA ’12, GAO
Faraz Haqqi, MPA ’14, ideas42
Jonathan Hill, MPA ’13, FI Consulting
Meredith Howell, MPA ’07, US Department of Transportation
Davis Judson, MPA ‘14, GAO
Ahmad Maaty, MPA ’06, US Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, Economist Office of Chief Counsel
Tymothy McGuire, MPA ’11, USDA Foreign Agriculture Service
Sean Miskell, MPA ’07, GAO
Sara Rudow, MPA ’09, American Health Care Association
Lauren Russell, MPA ’99, USAID
Elif Senvardarli, MPA ’17, Calvert Research and Management
Rupa Shah, MPA ‘15, CCS Fundraising
Atsuki Takahashi, MPA ‘12, US Department of Homeland Security
Yaxin Yan, MPA ‘16, International Finance Corporation
Xinze Yao, MPA ‘16, International Monetary Fund
Representatives from the International Economic Development Council, UN Office for Project Services, Mathematica Policy Research, National Bureau of Asian Research, District of Columbia Public Schools, World Wildlife Fund, and Chemonics also participated.