Friday, December 21, 2012

International Flare in Pittsburgh Nonprofits

The Office of Career Services is excited to announce that we’re offering our first ever Career Panel on Local Nonprofits with an International Focus!
Whether you are interested in nonprofits, International Development, or local organizations, this is the session for you! Representatives from a number of local organizations that work internationally will be speaking. The representatives will have information on various career opportunities, events, and more!
Panelists will include members of the following organizations:
  • Cameroon Football Development Program
  • Global Links
  • Global Pittsburgh
  • Global Solutions Pittsburgh
  • Haitian Families First
  • Office of Refugee Services, Jewish Family & Children Service
  • Pittsburgh Cares
  • Vibrant Pittsburgh
Cameroon Football Development Program is an unique nonprofit. CFDP uses the game of football (soccer) to improve kids’ lives in Cameroon. Transforming the soccer field into a classroom creates an environment for experiential education where youth are free to learn and grow. We integrate focused discussions and skill-building activities into regular “soccer practices” to achieve the following objectives:
  • Reduce petty theft and delinquency
  • Reduce incidence of teenage pregnancy
  • Reduce incidence of HIV/AIDS transmission
  • Provide organized, structured recreational activities
  • Increase the accessibility of professional skills development and training
  • Promote self-reliance and self-employment

Global Links is a medical relief and development organization dedicated to promoting environmental stewardship and improving health in resource-poor communities, primarily in Latin America and the Caribbean. Its two-fold mission provides hospitals with a socially and environmentally beneficial alternative to sending hundreds of tons of still-useful surplus materials to landfills.
Global Pittsburgh improves global competitiveness by promoting the Greater Pittsburgh Region, attracting international leaders, influencers and students, and engaging them with regional leaders, companies, educational institutions and organizations.
Global Solutions Pittsburgh provides nonpartisan, internationally-focused education to schools and communities throughout western Pennsylvania. Its goal is to:
  • Cultivating global awareness and engagement in our region through innovative educational programming and strategic partnerships;
  • Supporting global education in schools through direct student engagement, curricular support, and teacher professional development;
  • Promoting respect for human rights by educating citizens and facilitating collaboration within the regional human rights community.
Haitian Families First was established in 2010 by Jamie and Ali McMurtie, two sisters from Pittsburgh, PA who have spent much of their adult lives working in Haiti. Haitian Families First is an American non-profit organization dedicated to Haiti’s most vulnerable children.
Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh (JF&CS) mission is to improve the quality of life of children, families and adults of all ages throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area by providing psychological, employment and social services. JF & CS is an acknowledged leader in helping immigrants and refugees resettle and successfully build new lives in our community.
Pittsburgh Cares mission is to maximize the impact of our regional nonprofit partners by mobilizing volunteers and engaging the community through positioning Pittsburgh as a national leader in growing a sustainable culture of volunteerism and community involvement.
Vibrant Pittsburgh is an organization that believes a more diverse and talented workforce means a more vibrant future for the Pittsburgh region. So, Vibrant Pittsburgh does things in support of that mission.

This great career panel is open to all students, both first and second year. It is being held on Wednesday, November 14 at 12pm in 3610 Posvar.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Washington DC Trip!

GSPIA Career Services is excited to announce that registration for the Washington, DC Trip is now open!

Are you interested in a career in Washington, DC? Whether you want to work in the federal government, consulting, nonprofit or international arenas, the DC Trip can be a great way to network and connect with potential employers and GSPIA alumni!

We will be offering career panels, employer site visits, a networking reception, lunches with alumni, and a happy hour with alumni. Currently, we are looking into a number of employee site visits, including: include US Department of State, CIA, DIA, Capitol Hill, USAID, European Union, World Bank, Chemonics International, Heritage Foundation, Booz Allen Hamilton, Stimson Center, Wilson Center, Urban Institute and ICMA!*

Complete the registration form (front & back) and return it to Career Services with a $50 check or money order (non-refundable), made payable to the University of Pittsburgh, by January 15, 2013. Registration forms are available on Connections or you can stop by Emmy or Shannon’s offices to pick up the form. Late registration will not be accepted, so register now!

The trip will take place over spring break on March 11-13, 2013. Your registration fee reserves your spot on the trip and covers two meals, a networking reception, and a $5 preloaded metro card. You will be responsible for lodging and transportation.

Potential Employers:
Here are some more details on the potential employer sites visits including links to their career websites!

SIS students may be interested in going to the CIA, DIA, Booz Allen Hamilton, and US Department of State. All of these government agencies and organizations do work in the fields of intelligence and diplomacy.

Other MPIA students may be interested in visiting some employees like US Department of State, Stimson Center, World Bank, and the European Union. These agencies and organizations do various work including security, diplomacy, and economic development.

Our international development students should also be interested in the potential employee site visits at USAID, World Bank, and Chemonics. These organizations do various types of development work throughout the world.

For students interested in domestic issues, you might be interested in going to these organizations: Capitol Hill, Urban Institute, and ICMA.

Lodging and Transportation Options:
Pittsburgh and Washington, DC are only 250 miles apart or a 4.5 hour drive! Getting to DC is pretty easy, especially if you use the Mega Bus. The bus picks you up at the Bus Depot located in Downtown Pittsburgh and drops you off in Washington, DC at Union Station (50 Massachusetts Ave, Washington, DC). You can also take a short flight from Pittsburgh International Airport to Washington Reagan or Dulles International Airport. You can search for on a number of websites including Priceline, Bing, or Expedia.

There are a number of hotels available in Washington, DC with reasonable prices for students. We recommend you look in the neighborhoods of Foggy Bottom, Dupont Circle or near the Convention Center. Some of these include:
-      Best Western Georgetown (located in Foggy Bottom)
-      Embassy Suites West End
-      One Washington Circle Hotel
-      George Washington University Inn
-      Embassy Suites Convention Center
-      Days Inn Washington DC
-      Loftstel
-      Kalorama Guest House
-      Hostelling International Washington, DC

If you’re looking for even less expensive options, you can try outside of the DC area in Rosslyn or Crystal City in Virginia or Bethesda or Chevy Chase in Maryland. 
Make sure to keep following us so you can get up-to-date to information on the DC Trip!

*Employers and events have not yet been confirmed and are subject to change.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Welcome to our blog!

Welcome to the new GSPIA Career Services blog!

The Office of Career Services offers personalized services to assist students in securing rewarding internships, jobs and other professional opportunities. A broad range of services and resources are available to current students and alumni.

We are incredibly excited to offer this new service to our students and alumni. We will be blogging information on resumes, cover letters, events and more. We highly encourage you to follow our blog and keep up to date on everything career related! You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Thanks for following!