The School of International Studies (SIS) is Pacific's window to the world. Through international, interdisciplinary and intercultural immersion, we prepare students to succeed in a variety of professions in industry, government, not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions.
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SIS students are gaining valuable work experience in summer internships abroad and in the US.
Tina Chiang '18, was chosen to work at the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur - US Commercial Service Malaysia as a volunteer intern with SIS Board member, Alum, and Commercial Officer, Paul Oliva. The internship involves major initiatives on defense and tourism. Among other things, Tina is working on a guide for Muslim visitors to the US. She also helps the commercial sector of the Embassy gather and fact-check data used to guide business activity.
Kaya Dantzler '16 (holding plaque, and with Courtney Bye, COP Economics), is working as an intern at Nathan Associates, a Washington, DC area economic consulting firm that is heavily engaged in international economic development work. She does country-specific research that supports projects related to business development. This work has piqued her interest in the transportation logistics underlying international trade. During the 2014/15 academic year, Kaya studied abroad in Ghana. She is completing a double major in Development and Cultural Change and Economics.
Associate Professor, Analiese Richard provided Pacific students with an opportunity for summer internships teaching English in Mexico. SIS students Ashlee Frandell '15, Amy Wyckoff '15, Laurel Klafehn '16, Will Matthews '16, and Shani Boyd '17 were selected for the internship and are working for an NGO, Desarrollo Rural de Hidalgo (Rural Development of Hidalgo - DERHGO) as volunteer English teachers/tutors for development projects. They are based in Tulancingo, Hidalgo which is about 2 hours outside Mexico City. The project has support from the municipal government.
Vanessa Fuentes '16, was selected by the California Chamber of Commerce for an international business internship. She is assisting in the updating of the Cal Chamber's international website, as well as, working with the International Affairs department on a variety of projects.
Kaylee Webster'18, is interning with the CalAsian Chamber of Commerce, the largest statewide ethnic chamber in California, with the mission to grow and empower the API business community throughout California. Kaylee has been researching and preparing a white paper on IC-DISC (a tax break for small-medium sized companies). Her research will make her the in-house expert on this particular tax break! Later in the summer, Kaylee will be conducting some econometric data analysis.
Joe Butler '16, landed an internship as a research assistant in Security Studies at University of Central Florida's Department of Political Science, the program is part of "Preparing Future Researchers." His work entails using data from the French government's list of resistance fighters to examine participation in armed insurgency. The title of Joe's forthcoming paper is "Individual Participation in Insurgency: The Case of the French Resistance."
In addition to conducting research and writing papers, the program offers seminars and workshops on preparation for graduate school; building a good resume; networking; applying for external funding and grants; developing research proposals; writing personal statements; and finding the right graduate school.
Deidre Graham (SIS/COP) and Valeria Sanabia (ESB/SIS) held internships with the California Chamber of Commerce during the summer of 2014. The Chamber was asked to organize the Governor's July trade mission to Mexico. The Mission served to expand California's focus to its southern neighbor and largest export market. Given the state's border relationship and long-standing historical, cultural and economic ties, Mexico is a natural partner to further expand two-way trade and investment, and strengthen cooperation on global climate change. Some of the highlights of the mission included an investment reception hosted by US Ambassador to Mexico Anthony Wayne, a fellow Californian; a California-Mexico Climate Change Summit, meetings with business leaders, and a higher education dialogue with the Ministry of Education.
Gov. Brown signs trade mission briefing book for delegation support staff at closing luncheon. (Left to Right) Valeria Sanabia, Deidre Graham and Mary Douglass.
SIS Welcomes New Freshman Class!
Congratulations to the following SIS Seniors and Faculty who were recognized for their outstanding achievements at the 2015 Annual Senior Awards Banquet,
|Ambassador Richard Pedersen Award
for academic excellence
|Outstanding Graduating Senior
for high scholarship, service to Pacific & character
for service to SIS & character
|LaBrack Intercultural Competency Award
|Student Diploma & Hooding Ceremony Speaker
chosen by the SIS Senior class
|SIS Flag Bearer
|Faculty Diploma & Hooding Ceremony Speaker
chosen by the SIS Senior class
|Susan Sample, PhD
|Outstanding Contribution from a Faculty Member
chosen by the SIS faculty
|Sarah Mathis, PhD
|Outstanding Teacher of the Year
chosen by the SIS student body
|Daniel O'Neill, PhD
|Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
||Ashlee Frandell, Deidre Graham, Courtney Hayes, Kailynn Hennessy, Claire Stevens, Amy Wyckoff
Khatijah Corey, SIS '13 (backrow, 4th from left), 2012 Pickering Fellows with Secretary of State John Kerry
Check out a Presentation on the School of International Studies and Pacific by one of our students.