What Are Our Alumni Doing with Their IPE Degrees?

  • I manufacture ski clothing. IPE has taught me how to understand the way the global economy works so that I can be more efficient in producing my gear.

  • I work at a small government relations consulting firm helping companies and organizations - large and small, for-profit and non-profit - achieve legislative solutions in Washington, DC. I represent clients at the federal level across a broad range of sector areas, helping them develop and execute public policy initiatives. Prior to this I worked as a staff member in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.

  • I am an attorney in private practice. I graduated in 2005. Worked in Beijing for awhile for a study abroad program and the returned to Montana for law school. I returned to China every summer during law school.

  • I have been a military spouse for the past 17 years; thus, following my husband's deployment to Afghanistian we were stationed at the United States Military Academy. During this tour, I obtained a Department of Defense postion as a Protocol Specialist at the Academy. As a Protocol Specialist, I work for a 3 Star General (the Superintendent of the Academy) planning and coordinating visits from high-level national, Federal and state leaders, general officers, foreign nationals and distinguished lecturers. In 2012, I completed my Masters in Management and Leadership from Liberty University.

  • I work two jobs, one in food service and the other as a youth programs coordinator for the City of Kent. These two amount to about forty hours of work a week. In the evenings, I am building up a company that I own. I teach people how to take advantage of the trend toward web based business to create cashflow by teaching them a) business success and leadership principles, and b) how to create social networks for online retailers. I have the privilege of collaborating with some of the best of the best in this industry, as well as about 700 companies including Microsoft, IBM and Intel.

  • I am working as a manager for Target.

  • I am an assistant professor of Justice, Law and Society in the School of Public Affairs, where I study the intersection of law, religion and politics. My first book, Religious Liberty in Western and Islamic Law: Toward a World Legal Tradition (Oxford University Press, 2012), explores the comparative effects of religious beliefs and practices on constitutions and international human rights. I am also researching Islam in Europe and the United States, with a continuing emphasis on comparative law and religion, religious freedom, and the foundations of sustainable pluralism. I hold a JD from Yale Law School, where I was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law, Economics and Public Policy, and a PhD from Georgetown University, where I was a Graduate Fellow in International Relations. I teach courses such as Western Legal Tradition, Philosophical Problems in Law, and Comparative Systems of Law and Justice. Born and raised in the Pacific NW, I joined American University in the fall of 2009. Previously, I practiced law in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and served in Washington, D.C. as a law clerk for the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • I am currently a corporate attorney at the New York office of Latham & Watkins LLP. My practice area is corporate finance, with a focus on high yield capital markets and leveraged finance. I graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2010. Between college and law school, I worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a wildland firefighter and helicopter rappeller.

  • I'm currently running a nutrition supplement and education program focused on Mayan women and children in the Altiplano, the northwestern highlands of Guatemala. I'm working through an American NGO formally, but with a mix of americans and mostly Guatemalans on the ground.

  • Grad school prereqs, job. Following graduation from UPS I went to Oregon to work at a winery for three months. I came back north and applied for jobs in my chosen field (financial analysis) for about another three months before I gave up. I went back to school at Bellevue College studying chemistry and biology and now I am applying for graduate school in the biosciences.

  • I am an Assistant director for an outdoor environmental education program at Camp Orkila on Orcas Island. I love it, I get to be outside teaching and learning, play games, and am surrounded by good people who want to make a difference and have fun while doing so. I ended up there because a friend of mine worked there and she told me about the job because she thought it might be something I was interested in.

  • Since graduating in May 2005, I spent a year teaching English in central China. After I returned to the States, I have been working as a paralegal in both the private and public sectors. I have been accepted to law school and am in the process of determining which offer I will accept.

  • I got a masters degree in agricultural and resource economics from UC Davis and now I work for a market research firm in Boulder Colorado. We do research in travel and tourism and have a number of ski areas, mountain towns and resort destinations as clients.

  • PhD graduate student at U.C. Berkeley in the Integrative Biology Department. Studying the maintenance of plumage variation in birds of prey.

  • Job: Sales Manager at DSV Air & Sea Inc., a freight forwarder headquartered in Denmark. Volunteer: I am Vice President for the Japan Young Professionals Group, part of the Japan America Society, a NPO based in Seattle.  After UPS, I worked as an ESL teacher in Japan for two years, improving my Japanese language skills. Upon my return to the states I looked for professions where I could use my Japanese, and found an ideal combination with a Japanese freight forwarder where I could also be involved with international trade. IPE has also helped me to be more analytical of political and economic movements worldwide which helps me when discussing global trends with my customer-base, and in my networking for both my job and my non-profit work.

  • I am in my last semester of getting my MBA at Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School of Management. I have a focus in Global Human Resources and Consulting. Currently, I have an internship at an international consulting firm called AKT CPAs and Business Consultants. I am doing management consulting and looking into creating an HR Consulting division.

  • I went to law school after graduation, currently working as an M&A attorney at a law firm in New York City.

  • I presently run Business Development at Hinshaw's Honda, Hinshaw's Acura, and Hinshaw's Auto Body (family business). Business Development is a pretty broad/vague title, I realize - essentially, I'm an apprentice right now, learning the business to ultimately become Dealer Principal (yikes!). I do a little bit of everything from interviewing and hiring to policies and procedures to marketing.

  • I work for a Political Online Advertising firm.

  • I currently live in Copenhagen, Denmark where my husband is completing his Phd, but am back and forth between here and the US because my work is based in the US. I head up product development at a US organic baby food company called Happy Baby. It's a rapidly growing company started by two young women 6 years ago. I received this job while completing my MBA in Sustainable Business. Prior to that I received a maters in education and was a teacher and non-profit administrator for several schools/organizations.

  • I work for Mercy Corps, an INGO humanitarian and development agency that focuses on emergency/disaster relief and sustainable community-led economic development, as part of the executive support team. After I graduated in 2010, I interned for Mercy Corps and the World Affairs Council of Oregon for a few months and was offered the position at Mercy Corps that I am in now.

  • I am currently the executive director of a regional water authority that represents fifteen municipal and special water districts in Douglas and Arapahoe Counties. The South Metro Water Supply Authority’s (www.southmetrowater.org) mission is to provide water planning, negotiations for water rights/water infrastructure and implementation of renewable water. The members of South Metro currently rely almost exclusively on the non-renewable Denver basin aquifers. The diminishing aquifers combined with continuing high growth rates and minimal surface water have led to the importance of bringing sustainable water into the region. In 2007 I completed a Masters in Resource Law and two certificates of specialization in environmental law and policy as well as water law and policy from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. While my masters degree allowed me the ability to find my current position at South Metro, I feel I owe a lot of my success to the background that a major in IPE provided. The interdisciplinary nature of the IPE major provided me the training necessary to identify the complex influences to challenging problems. At South Metro, the obvious challenge we face is a lack of surface water and a heavy reliance on a non-reliable water resource. However, the continuing problems run much deeper. Water is a highly political, economic and environmental issue in Colorado. These components are complex in their own right and must be met with creative and collaborative solutions. While I studied IPE at Puget Sound, I grew to believe that many solutions to the diverse problems that our world faces should be faced first at home. Following graduation I was hired by a small educational foundation to become the first AmeriCorps*VISTA for a Latino neighborhood in Huntington Beach, California. AmeriCorps*VISTA is the domestic equivalent of the Peace Corps. My time as a VISTA provided me the opportunity to use a multidisciplinary approach to enhance services for an entire community in the neighborhood of Oak View. I created and received a non-profit status for a new organization that continues to provide services in education, environmental clean up, and health care for the Oak View community. This past August I was fortunate to be able to return to Huntington Beach and visit the Oak View community to see how the programs I put in place have continued to affect the neighborhood. What I saw was an empowering reinforcement to my belief that most problems we face have a multifaceted causes and answers. I am so thankful for the education that Puget Sound and its International Political Economy department provided me. The ability to dissect challenges I face in the work place into their causes allows me the ability to identify the best solution.

Below is a list of activities and occupations undertaken by IPE alumni, as reported in previous surveys:

  • Teaching high school Civics and Economics
  • Peace Corps volunteer in Africa
  • Working on MA in Global Finance, Trade and Economics at the University of Denver; former Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine
  • Worked as sovereign risk analyst for a national bank, now working at a consulting firm
  • Junior partner with a non-profit consulting firm
  • Working for Lehman Brothers in Institutional Equity Sales
  • Working for an insurance company
  • Working on my graduate in the Masters in Development Administration, worked with AmeriCorps
  • Working at Friday's/Bite Me! Cookies Inc
  • Working as IES Beijing program assistant
  • Columbia University environmental science grad school
  • Volunteering related to nursing
  • Working on political campaigns
  • In the MA program at Iliff School of Theology
  • Volunteering, teaching English
  • Summer Camp director
  • Graduate school working on masters in Public Administration
  • Business Development Manager for a  Chamber of Commerce
  • Studying at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in  Bologna
  •  Program Assistant, Center for Sustainable Communities at a national NGO in Washington DC
  • Attending community college for training in Water Treatment and Wastewater
  • Aide in U.S. Senator’s office in Washington DC
  • Professional liability account manager
  • Attend the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver
  • Peace Corps Volunteer at Zambia
  • Working at global business consulting firm
  • Working as a victim advocate for the a district attorney
  • Advertising agency in NYC
  • Working for Ski Patrol
  • Trying to start up my own real-estate investing company
  • Practicing law
  • Work at bilingual elementary school at Honduras
  • Working as an underwriter for a mortgage company
  • Thomas Watson Fellow
  • Working for Boeing Co
  • Working at General Mills
  • Presbyterian Minister and an Army Chaplin
  • PhD candidate in economics
  • Work for State Department as Foreign Service Officer
  • Summer volunteer work in Greece
  • Teacher at the British School of Lomé
  • Working on Ph.D. at Georgetown and J.D. at Yale LawSchool.
  • Outward Bound trip leader
  • Getting ready to attend law school
  • Work as bilingual case manager
  • Looking for work in Seattle
  • Working as an environmental consultant
  • Working at a consulting firm
  • Working as an Associate Attorney in Washington, DC
  • Working as paralegal assistant
  • Working as the Assistant Director of Annual Giving at a university
  • Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova
  • In the graduate school, working toward masters of science in global affairs
  • Working at Morgan Stanley as a financial advisor
  • C-17 Pilot, United States Air Force Reserve
  • Middle school teacher in China
  • Finishing law school
  • In graduate school, working as an admissions graduate intern and graduate research assistant
  • Working at a small consulting company in Seattle
  • program director at local social service NGO
  • Grad school at California State University, working as nutrition educator at a local hospital's community outreach
  • Platoon leader, U.S. Army, Iraq
  • Working for Wells Fargo
  • Running and growing my own beverage distribution business
  • Working at Lehman Bros
  • Associate with Wachovia's Wealth Management Division
  • Assistant operations manager at for global shipping firm
  • Working for a congressman as a legislative assistant
  • Work for investment bank and aerospace industry advisory firm
  • Foundation for Sustainable Development
  • Manager at a Federal Reserve Bank
  • Intelligence analyst the Defense Intelligence Agency
  • University of Virginia School of Law
  • Account manager at IT recruiting firm
  • Associate at a Washington DC law firm
  • Program Assistant, Center for Sustainable Communities
  • Policy analyst and Ph.D. candidate
  • Senior Management Auditor for a local government
  • Masters in Environmental Policy and Land-Use Planning
  • Music business
  • Hansard Research Scholar, London
  • Teaching high school social studies, education: in grad school working on masters in teaching
  • Personal banker while also  pursing graduate degree in Urban planning
  • Fellowship at the National Nuclear Security Administration, education: earned two masters from UW
  • Finishing law school