Global Career Week

Join Perry World House for Global Career Week, our annual event series focused on potential career tracks for Penn students in the international arena, and advice on how to approach them.

While there are many different paths to pursuing a career focused on global issues or working in international contexts, navigating these is not always a straightforward or easy process. Our Global Career Week aims to alleviate some of this uncertainty, providing advice and examples from Penn alumni and other professionals at every point in their career journey from a diversity of backgrounds and current work environments.

Over the course of the month, various events will focus on a wide range of opportunities available to Penn students. This includes sessions on more immediate opportunities for undergraduate students, such as international fellowships and internships, in partnership with Penn’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF), Penn Abroad, and more.

Please note that these events are taking part in-person and are limited to members of the Penn community (students, faculty, and staff). Attendees will need to wear a mask and show their Green PennOpen Pass for admission.


Careers in Human Rights and International Development | Monday, October 18, 2021, 12:00pm-1:15pm ET

Join us on Monday, October 18 to learn more about careers in human rights and international development from a panel of experts drawn from all over the world: Stephanie Hermann, an international human rights lawyer at Perseus Strategies, a human rights law firm; Shaden Khallaf, Senior Policy Advisor to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for the Middle East and Africa; Elizabeth Yee, Chief of Staff and Executive Vice President of Program Strategy at the Rockefeller Foundation; and Malika Saada Saar, YouTube’s Senior Counsel on Civil and Human Rights. LaShawn Jefferson, PWH’s deputy director, formerly of Human Rights Watch and the Ford Foundation, will moderate this wide-ranging and insightful conversation.

International Internships | Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 12:00pm-1:15pm ET

Thinking about pursuing an internship abroad? Join Amy Wei, Global Programs Manager with Penn Abroad, to learn more about the Global Research & Internship Program (GRIP) for Summer 2022. An opportunity to intern or conduct research for 8-12 weeks over the summer, GRIP is a great way to gain professional work experience while immersing yourself in a culture and country abroad. Come prepared with questions!

Careers in Foreign Policy and National Security | Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 12:00pm-1:15pm ET

This event brings together Penn alumni to share their experiences working across the national security and foreign policy landscape. Join us to hear from Emerson T. Brooking, a Resident Fellow at the Digital Forensic Lab of the Atlantic Council; Emily Cole, a program officer at the U.S. Institute of Peace; Andrew Exum, a Partner at Hakluyt and former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy; and Meg K. Guliford, a Vice-Provost Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Perry World House’s director, Michael Horowitz, will moderate the session, which is run in partnership with the Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics.

International Fellowships and Graduate Opportunities | Thursday, October 21, 2021, 12:00pm-1:15pm ET

Interested in graduate school, research, or fellowship funding for a post-graduate project abroad? Join us on Thursday, October 21st to hear from Penn alumni and current students who have returned from fellowships abroad. Participants include Angela Chen (Schwarzman Scholar), Ryan Henrici (Marshall Scholar), Amber Henry (Fulbright International Research and English Teaching Assistantship; Humanity in Action), and Jordan Konell (Rhodes Scholar), in conversation with PWH Postdoctoral fellow, Theo Milonopoulos (Fulbright Scholar). This event is run in partnership with the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF). CURF advisors will be on hand that this event to provide information and guidance on the various Penn processes for nomination and application for different awards.