International Relations https://pol.illinois.edu/ en Morgan McClain-McKinney https://pol.illinois.edu/spotlight/alumni/morgan-mcclain-mckinney <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">Morgan McClain-McKinney</span> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/18" lang="" about="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/18" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username" xml:lang="">jwrogge2</a></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Thu, 01/30/2020 - 09:27</span> <div class="atl atl--layout-onecol layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-responsive-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/McClain-McKinney%2C%20Morgan.jpg 1x" media="all and (max-width: 45em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/McClain-McKinney%2C%20Morgan.jpg 1x" media="all and (min-width: 45.0625em) and (max-width: 60em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/McClain-McKinney%2C%20Morgan.jpg?itok=_jikINpy 1x" media="all and (min-width: 60.0625em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/McClain-McKinney%2C%20Morgan.jpg?itok=_jikINpy" alt="Morgan McClain-McKinney" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> </figure></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p>MORGAN McCLAIN-McKINNEY (BA ’09; MA ‘11) was a political science major throughout her years at Illinois, but her interests shifted from pre-law to international affairs.  While in college, she took classes in French, Arabic, and Chinese as well as International Relations and European Union Studies. She was also a participant in the Civic Leadership Program, earning a graduate concentration in Civic Leadership. She encourages students interested in international affairs to visit the different regional/area studies centers on campus, e.g., the European Union Center, the Center for African Studies and others, to explore the opportunities they offer.</p> <p>McClain-McKinney recommends that students who are seeking jobs in Washington, D.C., go there, intern, and search in person. Attending networking events and receptions is important for finding out whether a job with a particular company or agency will be a “good fit” and help “feel out” the chances of being hired. Initially, she worked in the Department of State, but colleagues there urged her to get experience working on Capitol Hill, which she recommends for any aspiring policy professional.  There she learned about how policy is made in action, including engagement with with constituents and lobbyists. Later, she transitioned to work with USAID, where she is now a member of the Foreign Service. Her work has taken her extensively across Africa including Kenya, Ghana, and South Africa.</p> <p>Ms. McClain-McKinney can be reached at <a href="mailto:mmcclainmckinney@usaid.gov">mmcclainmckinney@usaid.gov</a></p></div></div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 30 Jan 2020 15:27:01 +0000 jwrogge2 52 at https://pol.illinois.edu Larry Harris https://pol.illinois.edu/spotlight/alumni/larry-harris <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">Larry Harris</span> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/18" lang="" about="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/18" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username" xml:lang="">jwrogge2</a></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Wed, 04/19/2017 - 16:03</span> <div class="atl atl--layout-onecol layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-responsive-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/Harris%2C%20Larry.jpg 1x" media="all and (max-width: 45em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/Harris%2C%20Larry.jpg 1x" media="all and (min-width: 45.0625em) and (max-width: 60em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/Harris%2C%20Larry.jpg?itok=HHOI6F4U 1x" media="all and (min-width: 60.0625em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/Harris%2C%20Larry.jpg?itok=HHOI6F4U" alt="Larry Harris" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> </figure></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p>LARRY HARRIS, JR. (‘15) has always had an interest in government and foreign affairs, and that led him to the Department of Political Science. During his time as a student here, he had a number of great experiences in classes and extra-curricular activities, but points to his study abroad in Vienna, Austria (in a program led by Professor Vasquez) as “life-changing.”</p> <p>In his senior year, Mr. Harris was accepted into the very prestigious Charles B. Rangel Fellowship program, designed to prepare recent college graduates for careers in the U.S. Foreign Service. He is currently enrolled in a Master of Arts in International Relations program at American University in Washington, DC, and has been offered a position as a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State.</p> <p>Mr. Harris urges current students to build relationships with faculty and involve themselves with student organizations on campus. He argues that it is important to identify one’s interests and reach out to various individuals or organizations: “You should never be afraid to send someone an email, or even call, to express interests. Persistence is key.”</p> <p>Mr. Harris can be reached at <a href="mailto:larryoharrisjr@gmail.com">larryoharrisjr@gmail.com</a>.</p></div></div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:03:28 +0000 jwrogge2 53 at https://pol.illinois.edu Bill Billeaud https://pol.illinois.edu/spotlight/alumni/bill-billeaud <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">Bill Billeaud</span> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/18" lang="" about="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/18" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username" xml:lang="">jwrogge2</a></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Sun, 01/08/2017 - 16:29</span> <div class="atl atl--layout-onecol layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-responsive-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/Billeaud%2C%20Bill.jpg 1x" media="all and (max-width: 45em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/Billeaud%2C%20Bill.jpg 1x" media="all and (min-width: 45.0625em) and (max-width: 60em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/Billeaud%2C%20Bill.jpg?itok=cR8c3B9b 1x" media="all and (min-width: 60.0625em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/Billeaud%2C%20Bill.jpg?itok=cR8c3B9b" alt="Bill Billeaud" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> </figure></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p>WILLIAM BILLEAUD (’85) is an international business executive. He is the President of Lombard Global, Incorporated, which provides investment banking and management consulting services to companies looking to expand their global presence.</p> <p>When he first came to the University of Illinois, Bill thought he would follow in his father’s footsteps and become a general practice lawyer. During his time in the department, though, he found that he really enjoyed classes on comparative (international) politics, history and economics. This led him to consider international business and/or law as career focus. Upon graduation, he pursued an introductory career as a stockbroker, which took off on a positive note and led him to add an international MBA in St. Louis. Since then he has pursued a very rewarding, challenging and progressively high-level international business career.</p> <p>Bill argues that, given its focus on critical thinking, writing, and data analysis, political science provides an excellent background for pursuing a career in business. He especially recommends that students interested in such a path develop a strong grounding in high-level statistical and predictive skills, people interaction skills and that they cultivate a global mindset.</p> <p>Bill’s best email address is <a href="mailto:bill@lombardglobal.com">bill@lombardglobal.com</a>, can also be texted at 214-675-5539 via his mobile or via his LinkedIn profile at <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/williambilleaud">https://www.linkedin.com/in/williambilleaud</a>.</p> <p><img alt="Bill Billeaud" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c5fa2e71-9849-4d00-85d2-482a8128ff7b" height="299" src="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/inline-images/Billeaud%2C%20Bill_Football%20Game.jpg" width="399" class="align-center" /></p></div></div> </div> </div> </div> Sun, 08 Jan 2017 22:29:25 +0000 jwrogge2 57 at https://pol.illinois.edu Michelle Mora https://pol.illinois.edu/spotlight/alumni/michelle-mora <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">Michelle Mora</span> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/18" lang="" about="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/18" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username" xml:lang="">jwrogge2</a></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Tue, 12/06/2016 - 15:51</span> <div class="atl atl--layout-onecol layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-responsive-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/Mora%2C%20Michelle.jpg 1x" media="all and (max-width: 45em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/Mora%2C%20Michelle.jpg 1x" media="all and (min-width: 45.0625em) and (max-width: 60em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/Mora%2C%20Michelle.jpg?itok=qFHPsZRT 1x" media="all and (min-width: 60.0625em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/Mora%2C%20Michelle.jpg?itok=qFHPsZRT" alt="Michelle Mora" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> </figure></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p>MICHELLE (EACK) MORA (‘11) entered college through the general curriculum program (a forerunner to the Division of General Studies) with hopes of studying business and going to law school. After exploring the curriculum a bit, she followed her heart to political science and Latin American Studies. During her time in the department, she was a participant in the Political Science Honors Program, which culminates in a senior thesis. Michelle calls the thesis the hardest thing she had done in her life to that point, but was very glad she pursued it.</p> <p>After graduation, Michelle worked for several years for Caterpillar Inc. as a technical recruiter in Latin America. She then returned to school to pursue an M.A. at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. As part of that program, she held a series of different jobs and internships, including stints as a labor markets researcher for Talent Beyond Borders (a non-profit that helps refugees to identify their job skills and match them with companies needing skilled workers), a foreign commercial service intern at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and as a research assistant at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies.</p> <p>Michelle’s advice for current students is to look at the class lists without regard to the specific major, and be aware of which topics students are drawn to organically. Says Michelle, “You will always be happier and more successful working in something that complements your interests and strengths. Even if you cannot immediately see the application to a specific career, keep moving towards your natural interest step-by-step and it will fall into place. This is the time to be bold!”</p> <p>Ms Mora can be reached at <a href="mailto:michelle.eack@gmail.com">michelle.eack@gmail.com</a>.</p></div></div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:51:24 +0000 jwrogge2 51 at https://pol.illinois.edu