About the International Career Series

Staying home is the perfect chance to investigate careers with an international focus or opportunities to work around the world. Whether you are graduating and preparing to enter the job market, looking for a change, or just seeing what’s possible, we invite you to join the International Relations Council as we explore international careers. Each week, an individual will share their work in an international field, offering insight into the educational background, career paths, intricacies of the field, and recommendations for your own search. We encourage you to bring your questions and sense of adventure and make full use of the opportunity to get to know these extraordinary individuals and their stories.

Upcoming Programs

Friday, April 9, 2021 – Teaching English Abroad in China, with Rebecca Kastendick, Johnson County Community College Adjust Professor

Friday, April 16, 2021 – International Architecture, with Mike Cummings, Senior Principal with TK Architects

Friday April 23, 2021 – Working in International Art, with Kimberly Masteller, the Jeanne McCray Beals Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Past Programs

Friday, March 19, 2021 – Teaching English Abroad, with Stephanie Mulka, member of the Working Abroad team at InterExchange
Thursday, March 4, 2021 – Fighting Global Poverty, with Melissa Velasquez, International Program Director of Latin America with Unbound
Friday, February 12, 2021 – The Energy Sector, with Kaitlyn Allen, founder of Global Affairs Associates (GAA) in Houston, TX
Friday, February 5, 2021 – Cross-Cultural Connections, with Alexandre Meldem, Vice President of Sales Flyability Inc. in Denver, CO
Friday, January 29, 2021 – Global Freight, with Michelle Arthington, Brokerage Sales Support Manager at UPS Supply Chain Solutions
Friday, January 15, 2021 – Working in Study Abroad, with Phil Hull, Director of International Center at Northwest Missouri State
Friday, November 20, 2020 – Living and Working Abroad: Australia, with Will Jourdan
Friday, November 20, 2020 – Living and Working Abroad: Africa, with Jerry Brown of the Peace Corps
Friday, November 13, 2020 – Living and Working Abroad: Oceania, with Stephanie Neppl, Executive Director of the Osceola County Economic Development Commission
Friday, November 6, 2020 – The Fulbright Program, with Mike Makara, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Central Missouri
Friday, October 30, 2020 – Honorary Diplomats, with Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic, Sharon K. Valášek
Friday, October 16, 2020 – Living and Working Abroad: Asia with Anne Erickson
Friday, October 9, 2020 – Living and Working Abroad: Europe with Aaron Mann of Terracon
Friday, October 2, 2020 – Living and Working Abroad with Gary Logan
Friday, August 21, 2020 – International Trade, with Melissa Miller of the WTC-Kansas City
Friday, August 14, 2020 – Global Water Solutions, with Bob Rebori and Jennifer Cisneros
Friday, July 24, 2020 – NGOs: Getting Paid to Do Good, with Eileen Purkeypile
Friday, July 10, 2020 – Global Child Development, with Carissa Rocha
Friday, June 26, 2020 – U.S. Ambassador Allan Katz
Friday, June 19, 2020 – Military and Strategic Intelligence, with Joseph Donalbain
Friday, June 12, 2020 – Global Product Sourcing, with Dave Saunders
Friday, June 5, 2020 – Building a Global Community in Kansas City, with Martin Okpareke
Friday, May 29, 2020 – Peace Corps
Friday, May 22, 2020 – Global Risk Management, with Kevin Holland
Friday, May 15, 2020 – Building Skills to Work Across Cultures, with Dr. Emmanuel Ngomsi
Friday, May 8, 2020 – Medical Response, with Dr. Rick Randolph
Friday, May 1, 2020 – From Missouri to Moscow, with Holly Nielsen
Friday, April 24, 2020 – Job Searching in the Age of Covid-19, with University of Kansas Career Counselor Wendy Shoemaker
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 – Careers in the Foreign Service, with Diplomat in Residence Amanda Johnson

Using Zoom

This event will be hosted through the free online meeting platform, Zoom. This link will bring you directly to the download page for Zoom. After downloading, please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with its features.

Once you register for the event, you will receive an IRC email with the link to join the session. Simply click this link and grant permission for Zoom to open the link. You will then automatically join the event. You may access the room five minutes before the event is set to begin.

If you are interested in leading a discussion on an international career, please contact Evan at everploegh@irckc.org.