Foreign Policy Jobs: From K Street to the Hill

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Foreign Policy Association

Event Details

Monday, December 10, 2012
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM 
American University - School of International Service Founder's Room
4400 Massachusetts Ave.
Washington, DC
Event type

Event Description

Foreign policy is one of the most versatile fields with multiple career tracks offering a wide range of experiences. However, breaking into this field can be a daunting task.


In this seminar you will learn:

·  Where to look for foreign policy job opportunities: What are and are not worthwhile outlets?

· What foreign policy recruiters look for in a candidate: How can I properly market my academic and professional experience?

· About the numerous different types of career opportunities in foreign policy: What kinds of positions could I work in and where? What companies and institutions hire foreign policy professionals?

· Of gateway experiences or work into the field: What internships, jobs, or academic programs will land me a job in foreign policy?

· What it is like to work in the foreign policy field: I got the job, what can  I expect out of it?


All attendees receive:

• The Course Specific Tool Book

• Enrollment in the Foreign Policy Association Global Jobs email alerts

• Light food and drink during networking/Q&A session

Who should attend this seminar?

• Undergraduate and Graduate Students considering or preparing for a career in foreign policy.

• Young Professionals interested in beginning a career in foreign policy.

• Mid-Career Professionals transitioning to a career in foreign policy.


This Global Career Boot Camp is sponsored by The American University School of International Service (SIS). 

Event Speakers

    • Brad Traverse - Instructor
      Founder, The Brad Traverse Group

      Brad Traverse has more than 25 years of experience in government relations, public policy and executive management. His career includes running the D.C. office of a major non-for-profit company, leading a national trade association as its executive director, managing the lobbying activities of a Fortune 100 manufacturing company, and serving as a legislative aide for two U.S. Senators. He has built a strong record and solid reputation both on and off Capitol Hill as a knowledgeable and highly respected member of the government affairs and public policy world, particularly in the field of healthcare.

      Brad started compiling job leads more than 15 years ago as a way to connect his job-hunting friends with employee-seeking colleagues in Washington, D.C., and to share leads on often unpublished positions. Originally sent as a weekly email, the number of subscribers and leads grew and grew until it became impossible to manage by webmail. In 2006, he created so his members could have access to new leads on a daily basis and so they could more easily search for jobs using the category and keyword functions. Today, Brad has more than 3,000 leads posted on his site, with none more than two months old. He runs the business with his wife, Fraser Traverse, who handles the customer service, technology and book-keeping side of things.

    • Brad Traverse
    • Robert J. Castro - Instructor
      Founder, Bob Castro Strategies: International Trade & Technology Development

      Bob Castro's career in Washington and overseas includes senior foreign policy and global affairs positions, including four years as an appointee at the U.S. Department of State under Secretaries Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, and a decade on Capitol Hill.  He currently advises large corporations and smaller emerging technology companies on international market development and doing business with the U.S. Government.  With a background in public opinion research, business operations, and international trade, infrastructure, and technology policy, Bob has over twenty years combined government, corporate, consulting, and entrepreneurial business experience.

      As Chief of Staff (with diplomatic rank of PDAS) for one of the State Department's largest bureaus, Bob coordinated personnel, budgets, and policy.  He has traveled to over 50 countries on U.S. Government business, including delegations and trade missions.

      Bob has recently been asked to return to the Foreign Service Institute to create and deliver training modules for USG family members maintaining careers and balancing family considerations while deploying globally.

    • Robert J. Castro
    • Ambassador Anthony Quainton - Panelist
      Distinguished Diplomat-in-Residence School of International Service

      Ambassador Anthony Quainton is the Diplomat-in-Residence and a professor of U.S. Foreign Policy, having previously served in the United States Foreign Service and held ambassadorships to the Central African Republic, Nicaragua, Kuwait, and Peru.  As a member of the Foreign Service, Ambassador Quainton received the Department of State Distinguished Honor award and twice received the Presidential Meritorious Service Award.  Ambassador Quainton received his B.A. from Princeton University, a B.Litt from Oxford University, and an LHD from La Roche College. 

    • Ambassador Anthony Quainton