On November 16, Villanova University hosted its third annual “Careers in International Development Day” for students interested in the exciting, multi-faceted field of international development and humanitarian assistance. The program provided students with information on the education, skills and experience needed to enter this competitive field.
Suzanne Toton, EdD, Coordinator, University Partnership with Catholic Relief Services and Associate Professor in the Theology & Religious Studies Department stated “Villanova students want to make a difference with their lives, and many of them have been inspired by Catholic Relief Services and its staff who have shared their experience working with some of the poorest populations in the world – addressing suffering, promoting justice, and building peace.”
Featured guest speaker Lindsay Coates, Executive Vice President for InterAction, delivered the opening plenary on the topic of “The Scope and Changes in the Field of Humanitarian Relief and Development.” Coates leads the public policy and outreach done by InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based international NGOs. Coates serves on the board of the Global Health Council, the steering committee of the World Bank Global Partnership for Social Accountability, the Obama administration’s Task Force on Global Poverty, the Board of Episcopal Relief and Development, and the Public Policy Committee of the Independent Sector. The opening address was followed by breakout roundtables focusing on career paths with professionals in a number of fields and disciplines including advocacy, foundations, consulting, global health, government foreign service, impact investing microfinance, social entrepreneurship and sustainability.
In addition to the roundtables and opening address, students had the opportunity to visit a market-style resource area with information about Villanova curricular and extra-curricular offerings, post-baccalaureate overseas volunteer opportunities, as well as graduate international studies programs.
The program was sponsored by the Villanova University Partnership with Catholic Relief Services · College of Nursing Center for Global & Public Health · The Career Center · College of Engineering · Villanova School of Business Center for Global Leadership · College of Liberal Arts & Sciences · Office of Mission and Ministry · Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education