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Connect with Midd Alums at the International Politics and Economics (IPEC) Field Guide On December 9-10, 2021


Join us for the panel Thursday night at 5:00 p.m. in Hillcrest 103, The Orchard to hear how these alumni went from campus to career!

They can help you answer the question, “What can I do with my IPEC major?” At these events, you will have the chance to connect with alumni, faculty, and other students.

IPEC Event Overview

Thursday, December 9, 2021
Career Panel,  5:00 p.m. in Hillcrest 103, The Orchard, Franklin Environmental Center
Sign up in Handshake.

Friday, December 10, 2021
One-on-One Career Chats
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
via Zoom and in person (full bios links to schedule available below)

Sebastian R. Astrada ‘02
Director/AVP of Financial Institution Formations + Transactions at US Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Schedule a one-on-one meeting with Sebastian in Handshake

Sebastian leads the Financial Institution Formations + Transactions team at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.  He manages a team of five supervisory analysts that process applications and notices from banks and fintechs in the 12th District.  Prior to this role, he managed regulatory affairs for Capital One’s global finance, digital, and technology functions, and led regulatory policy on emerging technology topics that ran the gamut from blockchain and machine learning to cybersecurity and open banking.  Before joining Capital One, he was a senior attorney at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System where he advised on mergers and acquisitions in addition to participating in Dodd-Frank rule makings.

Chinyere W. Amadi Dufour ‘10
Senior Evaluation Officer at National Research Council Canada

Chinyere is currently the Senior Evaluation Officer at the National Research Council on Canada. Her job entails leading program evaluations and providing technical advice and recommendations to departmental staff and senior management on organizational performance priorities, results measurement, program development, program implementation and adaptive management.

She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Carleton University and a Bachelor’s degree (honors) in International Politics and Economics from Middlebury College in Vermont, USA. She is also a proud alumna of Lester B. Pearson United World College, where she had the privilege of living, studying and fostering relationships with over 200 change makers from over 90 countries.

Over the course of her career, she has collaborated with multiple stakeholders at all levels of organizational structures and across a wide variety of sectors in North America, The Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and Asia. She is bilingual with excellent written and oral communication skills in English and intermediate skills in French.

She considers herself to be a global citizen as she has roots in several countries. She currently resides in Ottawa, Canada with her husband and two young sons.

Douglas Gledhill ‘14
Senior Consultant at EY-Parthenon
Schedule a one-on-one meeting with Doug in Handshake

Doug was a 2014 IPEC major and currently works as a consultant at EY-Parthenon in Boston. He just graduated from Yale University in May 2021 with an MBA and an MA in Global Affairs. He has worked for Amazon.com in operations finance, the Eurasia Group as a political risk strategy consultant, and is hoping to specialize in tech policy work while at EY-Parthenon.

He speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Portuguese, all of which he studied at Middlebury.

Connect with Doug on Midd2Midd.

Martina Szabo ‘12
Lead for Strategy and Transformation at World Economic Forum
Schedule a one-on-one meeting with Martina in Handshake

Martina has been with the World Economic Forum since 2016. She is currently Lead, Strategy and Transformation for the Global Programming Group and a Global Leadership Fellow. In 2020-21, Martina established and led business engagement and strategy for the COVID Action Platform. Prior to this, she built and led partnerships with companies from Europe and North America, particularly in the Healthcare and Consumer industries. Martina has previous experience as a strategy consultant focused on developing and sustaining public-private partnerships to advance global health. She has her Master of Public Health from Columbia University and BA in International Politics and Economics and Philosophy from Middlebury College.

Carolyn Weir ‘11
Executive Director at J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation
Schedule a one-on-one meeting with Carolyn in Handshake

Carolyn is the executive director of the J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation, a Vermont-based foundation that envisions a Vermont where college and career training creates greater equity and resilience. The McClure Foundation is an affiliate of the Vermont Community Foundation, where Carolyn contributes to grantmaking and community investment efforts as a senior philanthropic advisor. Prior to her work with both foundations, she was employed in anti-poverty and community economic development efforts at nonprofits in Vermont and New York. She and her husband and son live a few minutes from the Middlebury College campus.

Activate Your Handshake Profile – Week 10

Your To Do for Week Ten:

You’ve been working hard all #NoFailFall to set yourself up for success — now, for your last week, celebrate by applying to jobs or internship listings that excite you. Your Handshake profile is looking sharp… it’s time to put it to good use!

Activate Your Handshake Profile – Week 9

Your To Do for Week Nine:

This week of Handshake’s #NoFailFall, carve out your place in Handshake’s community!

One of the best ways to help other job-seekers on Handshake is to review your experience in a role. It’s quick to write feedback about what you liked, what you wish was different, and advice for other students considering similar roles. ⁠⁠You can also answer other users’ questions (such as “what skills will help me succeed as a summer analyst at a major investment bank?”) and ask new ones to hear advice from folks who’ve been there.

Activate Your Handshake Profile – Week 8

Your To Do for Week Eight:

This week of Handshake’s #NoFailFall, follow a few employers that catch your eye. ⁠

Did you know that following companies on Handshake has a benefit? You’ll receive notifications whenever employers you follow post jobs or attend events for students at your school. Plus, you’re showing us what sorts of organizations you’re interested in so that we can recommend more relevant jobs for you.

In short, you’re making your Handshake experience better now AND in the future!

Activate Your Handshake Profile – Week 7

Your To Do for Week Seven:

This #NoFailFall, help teach Handshake to recommend the best jobs for you!

Saving jobs, internships, volunteer positions, and other listings that interest you shows us what types of opportunities you want to see in the future. Plus, saving listings makes it easy to find them again when you’re ready to apply.

⁠⁠Get more tips for improving your job recommendations here.

Activate Your Handshake Profile – Week 6

Your To Do for Week Six:

This week of Handshake’s #NoFailFall, log into Handshake and see what virtual events you can attend.

Navigate to the events page using the top menu bar, then use the “Virtual” filter.

Register for an event that interests you, and don’t forget to sign up for 1:1 and group sessions with employers in advance to save your spot.

Activate Your Handshake Profile – Week 5 of #NoFailFall

Your To Do for Week Five:

Did you know that you can upload a resume to your Handshake profile?

For Handshake’s 5th week of #NoFailFall: make sure your latest documents are added to your profile. That way, you can use the “Quick Apply” feature on many job listings to apply in mere minutes!

⁠⁠Pro-tip: if you plan to apply to several different types of jobs, you can upload multiple resumes. Tailor each one to highlight relevant skills and experience for different roles.