MA in International Education

International Education M.A. Alumni

Many graduates of the International Education program have gone on to pursue successful careers in the field of International Education. Read ahead to learn more about several of our recent alumni:

Jing Guan, MA '12
Jing Guan Jing Guan is a 2012 graduate of the International Education MA program. She currently works as a Credentials Evaluator at World Education Services. She encourages current and future students to connect with classmates: "It was fascinating to hear their experiences!"


  • Undergraduate University: Sun Yat-Sen University, China

    Undergraduate Major: English, minor in Economics and French

    Current Job: Credentials Evaluator, World Education Services

    What is your favorite part of your job?

    As I am in the Asia and Middle East Group, my job deepens my understanding of Chinese and American education systems. Moreover, It's like working in a Global Village, where your colleagues come from places all over the world. We celebrate Asian Lunar New Year, and will have a summer party later this year. I also love the crosstrainings either within or across the groups. This enables me to learn more about other countries. Well, I won't tell you my favorite part is when somebody took a vacation and came back with candies...

    What was your favorite part of the IE program?

    I like everything about the IE program. Thanks to the brilliant fellow students, I was always inspired by their insights. It's fascinating to hear about their experiences. I was really lucky to get to know them and be part of the cohort. I also appreciate the help from Professors, teaching assistants and program coordinator. They are so willing to help.

    How did NYU prepare you for your current job?

    NYU is a very diverse community. Because NYU has many oversea campuses, it made me feel that I was more connected with the world than ever before. Moreover, for the IE program, it affected the way that I think. The most useful thing may not be qualitative theories or quantitative methods, it is the continuous but unseen effect imposed by our peers and their insights. I think what my manager said about IE is perfect to explain this: "I know you guys in International Ed area are more open to other cultures and more willing to learn." That was the proudest moment ever.

    Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

    Connect with people. They can be your mentors, your supporters, your foodie fellows, etc... Join some clubs if you have enough time. AND.. Study groups! You will learn better if you do brainstorming with classmates.

    Any last thoughts that you'd like to share with current or prospective students?

    This program will prepare you with solid fundamental knowledge in International Education. However, you are still free to choose your own track. Hopefully, you will join us. Welcome Future Intl Edders!

Toya Hall, MA '18
Toya Hall Toya Hall is a lead curriculum writer for BlackFem, Inc. She has worked as a certified elementary teacher and manager in Title I schools for the past five years. She holds a Masters in International Education from New York University and a Bachelors in Political Science and African American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to her graduate studies, Toya was a 2013 Teach for America corps member in Houston, TX where she taught third grade (mainstream) and fifth grade (Two Way Dual Language Program). As a classroom teacher, she worked closely with her peers to develop and implement an inclusive curriculum to achieve student success.
  • Current Job: Lead Curriculum Writer, BlackFem, Inc.

    How did you find your current position?

    I was able to find my current position, BlackFem, Inc. Lead Curriculum Writer, through my IE network. A fellow colleague forwarded the job listing to me from an online database. After reading BlackFem's mission statement along with the qualifications for the role I decided to apply.

    What advice would have for current students job searching?

    Job searching can be a lengthy process thus I have 3 pieces of advice as current students applying. First, tailor your cover letter and resume to every job you apply for. Identify the verbs and soft/technical skills in the job description and explicitly address them in your cover letter and resume. If you spend time on the details, companies notice and it pays off in the long run. Second, utilize all your resources - NYU professors/advisors, IE colleagues/alumni, Wasserman, etc. Your network can assist you in all aspects of the process. For example, Wasserman assisted me by reviewing my cover letter and resume, preparing me for interviews, and providing me with the tools to negotiate work benefits. Lastly, it is ok if you become frustrated through the process. Instead of suppressing your frustration, give yourself time to feel those emotions by journaling or discussing it with friends who are going through the process with you. Chances are your friends might be feeling similarly and you can support each other.

    In what ways did the IE program help prepare you for your current position?

    One way the IE program prepared me for my current role was by expanding my knowledge of various world perspectives. I am able to incorporate this knowledge and create inclusive curriculum units for schools. With IE as my foundation, I can critically analyze current financial narratives regarding economic gaps between demographics internationally. This allows me to create curriculum that highlights these gaps and execute BlackFem’s mission—to close the economic generational gaps for minorities through a feminist lens.

    What was your most influential experience in the IE program?

    My most influential experience in the IE program was building relationships with faculty, staff, and fellow colleagues. The bonds I established and cultivated allowed me to take advance of NYU sponsored opportunities, both on domestically and internationally. Through these networks, I was able to gain insight on various perspectives in IE, strengthen my leadership skills, and develop my interest in diversity efforts in our field. These connections I formed will transcend my graduate career and I am grateful for this.

Rebecca Mayer, MA '16
Rebecca Mayer After an unplanned start in the field at EF Education First in Boston, Rebecca decided to pursue a master's degree at NYU and completed the program in spring 2016. During her time at NYU, she was fortunate enough to intern both at Catholic Charities, Refugee and Resettlement and the Institute of International Education. Post-grad, she has been working at Baruch College, Continuing and Professional Studies for the past year as the Recruitment Coordinator for Global Programs.
  • Current Job: Recruitment Coordinator for Global Programs, Baruch College, Continuing and Professional Studies.

    What is your favorite part of your job?

    Helping non-native English speakers achieve their academic goals in the U.S. At the beginning, most students in our pre-academic language programs at Baruch College start off very shy, but by the time they are accepted into bachelor's or master's programs, their self-confidence has grown immensely. It's awesome to be a part of this transformation.

    How did the International Education program help you prepare for your career?

    The IE program exposed me to the many shapes and forms that international education can take. The program helped me define my own career direction, particularly through internship opportunities, which allowed me to "test out" different areas of the field. I learned about what I was most interested in and what I was not as interested in, which I believe are equally as important.

    Do you have any advice for current students?

    Utilize the alumni network-even if it's not specifically for job-related purposes. Our field is so unique/varied that it's sometimes helpful just to speak with someone who "gets it" and can offer a new piece of advice or perspective. And there's the bonus that IE alums and people in the field tend to be some of the nicest people you'll meet!

Pamela D’Andrea Montalbano, MA '16
Pamela D'Andrea Montalbano Pamela is a Research Associate in the Center for Policy, Research, and Evaluation at NYU’s Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools. Her research and evaluation work focuses on capturing and understanding educational equity with a special interest in racial and linguistic justice. D’Andrea Montalbano holds a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from the University of Florida, she was a K-12 teacher leader of World Language and Dual Language Two-Way Immersion, and she recently earned her Master’s degree in International Education from NYU.
  • Current Job: Research Associate, NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools.

    What is a typical workday like? What are you currently working on?

    One of the aspects of my work that I love most is that every day is different. My overall use of time changes depending on the stages of the projects I staff and my role in them, which requires me to stay disciplined and organized. For example, while some of the projects may be in a design phase, others are in the midst of data collection or analysis. Currently, I am working on three projects. I serve as a qualitative researcher in both an evaluation of Academic Parent Teacher Teams in NYC and a longitudinal study to understand the trajectories of young people who participate in youth leadership councils. I recently signed on for Metro Center’s new Education Justice Research and Organizing Collaborative (EJ-ROC) where I provide education research and data to support grassroots community organizing campaigns. In the coming weeks, I look forward to leading my own program evaluation.

    What made you choose this program?

    After six years as a K-12 teacher in the US, I wanted a Master’s program that would expand my understanding of education rather than only support what I already knew. I chose to study International Education because it would provide a global context to my work and would equip me with the comparative lens necessary to both challenge the status quo and imagine schooling that can interrupt struggles and act in solidarity with people around the world. I chose the International Education Master’s program at NYU because its curriculum and the work of professors would (and did, with flying colors) support my goals to situate the work of schools and education systems within a larger sociopolitical context and because it was interdisciplinary and flexible.

    What was your most influential experience in the IE program?

    I had several key experiences in the IE program that acted as major turning points for my learning and career. It is hard to separate these experiences; they all worked cumulatively and in tandem. For example, Dr. Teboho Moja’s study abroad program in South Africa was the experience that solidified my path in educational equity research. This experience was powerful in and of itself, but in my case it was completely supported by the critical lens I had begun to acquire as a result of Dr. Carol Anne Spreen’s cross-cultural studies course and Dr. Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng’s course on race and immigration and as further supported by the qualitative research skills I had learned in Dr. Dana Burde’s class.

Daniel Munier, MA '12
Daniel Munier After graduating the NYU International Education program in 2012, Daniel pursued a career in Refugee Resettlement, as an Employment and Education Trainer at Catholic Charities. Daniel says that "from gaining more nuanced cross-cultural understandings, investigating systems/markets of humanitarian assistance, to realizing the complexities of education in conflict, the program has immensely prepared me for my current line of work."
  • Undergraduate University: Nazareth College of Rochester

    Undergraduate Major: Economics and French

    Current job: Acting Director of Advocacy, Scholars at Risk Network

    Daniel is Acting Director of Advocacy at Scholars at Risk, where he oversees the team's efforts to monitor and report on attacks on higher education communities through SAR's Academic Freedom Monitoring Project; coordinate student-oriented initiatives, including Student Advocacy Seminars and legal clinics; conduct advocacy campaigns through SAR's Scholars-in-Prison Project; and raise visibility of these issues and promising solutions through publications and press outreach. Before joining SAR, Daniel worked in refugee resettlement at Catholic Charities Community Services, interned for the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack, and worked in international education and English language programming in France and the US. Daniel holds a M.A. in International Education from New York University and a B.A. in Economics and French from Nazareth College of Rochester.

    What are some successes or challenges you’ve had during your career?

    Dealing with resource scarcity and stakeholder apathy are some classic challenges I know I have regularly had in front of me during my career -- and will almost certainly continue to have -- but I've also had some motivational experiences, like learning about the release of imprisoned scholars and students on whose behalf I've campaigned, training college students in human rights advocacy, and creating interest in academic freedom issues through the annual Free to Think publication series I co-produce.

    What was the best class you took as an IE student?

    Politics, Conflict, and Education with Dana Burde.

    What was your favorite part of the IE program?

    The interdisciplinarity of IE! While the program already has firm roots in the areas of education, sociology, economics and philosophy, it actively challenges students to go further and branch out to all that disciplines NYU has to offer. I was very satisfied in taking several electives in international politics, non-profit management and human rights education.

    Do you have any thoughts you’d like to share with prospective or current students?

    Make sure to explore classes outside of Steinhardt -- Wagner, GSAS, and Draper all have great offerings for IE students. Internships, volunteer projects and conferences are essential to making the most out of this program! Scope out your area of interest and the organizations working on this area throughout New York. You would be surprised what professional and scholarly doors open when you reach out to others.

    Any last thoughts you'd like to share with prospective students about the program?

    Keep an open mind while in this program. I was fairly set on international development education from the start of the program, quickly shifted to education in emergencies/conflict and left the program with a strong interest in peace and human rights education. Through the various courses and teaching styles your mind will wander. And that’s a good thing.

Emily Orr, MA '12
Emily Orr Emily Orr currently works as a Program Assistant for the Consular Training Division at the U.S. Department of State, Foreign Service Institute. She writes: "If you are passionate about this field and know what you want, then NYU is a great place!"
  • Undergraduate University: University of Georgia

    Undergraduate Major: Japanese and Comparative Literature

    Current job: Program Assistant for the Consular Training Division at the U.S. Department of State, Foreign Service Institute

    What is your favorite part of your job?

    Before I explain my favorite part of my job, let me first explain how I was able to get a job at FSI. If it wasn’t for my internship at the State Department, in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, I wouldn’t be here. In the work I did for the Public Affairs & Strategic Communication office, I learned about how social media can be used as a platform to market and communicate about their cultural exchange programs. It was fascinating to see and experience the impact social media had with the State Department. This experience prompted me to conduct an independent research paper on, “Advancing Education through Social Media” and present it at the“Hawaii University International Conference on Education. The exposure that my internship allowed me is the reason why I stayed in D.C. and secondly, is the reason why I decided to further my career at the State Department.

    There are two aspects of my job that I truly enjoy:
    1. Working with Foreign Service Officers and learning more about the work they do. I’m always learning something new and they continually challenge me with new projects. Two projects I enjoyed the most was the chance to design and implement evaluations for the consular training workshops, and using metrics to measure consular leadership effectiveness. Working with them, has even made me consider taking the Foreign Service exam.
    2. Having the chance to meet Foreign Service Nationals (FSN) coming from over 50 different countries. These FSNs are locally employed staff working at US Embassies. Part of my job is to assure they are taken care of during their time in DC for training. With these groups, I have had the chance to coordinate trips with them to Boston, New Hampshire, and toured in specific areas within DC that focuses on their work at the US Embassy. At the same time, it provides me the opportunity to learn more about their country and what they do to support the United States.

    What was your favorite part of the IE program?

    I have three:
    1. My amazing friends! If it wasn’t for my friends it would not have been as enjoyable and memorable. (^_^) What made these friendships so strong were the hours we spent together in and out of the classroom. I feel lucky to have such amazing people in my life. They are just as (or even more) ambitious, hardworking, and persistent as I am.
    2. Understanding the social theory in development in PhillHosay’s International Education courses. His courses sharpened my analytical skills and taught me how to apply theory into practice. The strongest example of how he aided in this skill was my final paper, written in grant form on the “Study of the United State Institutes for Student Leaders on Women’s Leadership”. After his courses, I finally understood Dana Burde when she told me, “Theory can be a powerful tool, once you understand how to apply it”, and she is absolutely correct!
    3. Professor Teboho Moja’s Social and Educational Reform course in South Africa. This was an intensive one-month study abroad focused on South Africa’s educational reform in post-apartheid. This program allowed me to conduct my own in-depth research, focusing on South Africa’s youth development within the schools. I was glad to have taken all the required classes from IE before my study abroad trip because it allowed me to apply all the skills I learned through: Cynthia’s cross-cultural studies of socialization course; Sean’s quantitative analysis course; Dana’s qualitative course; and Phil’s international education courses.

    How did NYU prepare you for your current job?

    Being accepted at NYU truly gave me the perseverance to aim high and challenge myself - you’ll never know what surprises may come your way. I’ve already made this far, so why stop now?

    NYU helped broaden my understanding of International Education and guide me to my career path with the State Department. International education is an umbrella to three tracks: cross-cultural studies, development, and globalization. It examines how education can create social changes through a wide variety of interdisciplinary studies - history, political science, economics, anthropology, sociology, and cross-cultural studies. The Department of State is also like an umbrella, but with several tracks. This includes development, cross-cultural studies, and globalization; to see all these come together, is an empowering experience that I hope to continue to be a part.

    Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

    Take advantage of your resources and opportunities! This is your chance to focus on your career path. Have a skill or specific interest that makes you uniquely different from the rest of the crowd. For example, I would encourage everyone to focus on a country/region or even a specific skill that you know you can bring to an organization – grant writing, program analysis, etc. – and really invest in this. International Education is a growing field and it is important to find something that will make you stand out from the others. Reflecting back to my experiences in grad school, I wish I took advantage of applying for fellowships and more scholarship opportunities. In the meantime - NETWORK and continue to stay connected. Finding the job that you love can be tied to the networking you accomplish at NYU.

    Any last thoughts you'd like to share with prospective students about the program?

    Passion, Patience, and Persistence

    If you are passionate about this field and know what you want, then NYU is a great place!

    Though it’s not always easy; passion will push you forward, patience will help you get through difficult times, and persistence will lead you to the end.

Clare Overmann (Banks), MA '12
Clare Overmann Clare Overmann (Banks) is the Head of Higher Education Initiatives at IIE. In this role, she oversees a range of programs and initiatives dedicated to advancing the internationalization of higher education, including Generation Study Abroad and IIE’s Center for International Partnerships. Past roles have included overseeing the U.S. Department of State’s Gilman International Scholarship Program, leading education diplomacy missions to Myanmar, Iran, and Cuba, and managing students in emergency initiatives. Her most recent publication is the IIE/DAAD co-publication, Global Perspectives on Strategic International Partnerships: A Guide to Building Sustainable Academic Linkages (2016). Clare holds a BA in Spanish from Georgetown University and an MA in International Education from New York University.
  • Current Job: Head of Higher Education Initiatives, Institute for International Education.

    What is your proudest accomplishment in your current role?

    I generally feel proud of the work I do at IIE, but I have to say one of the most satisfying moments was several years ago when I helped the organization to initiate our work with Cuba. Accomplishing that involved a lot of relationship building, language skills, and tedious follow up, but was well worth it to help re-ignite university partnerships between the U.S. and Cuba. Since then, we continue to travel to Cuba with groups of universities to engage in dialogue and develop new relationships.

    What was your focus of study in the IE program?

    Cross-cultural exchange.

    What was the most important thing you learned in the IE program?

    The most important thing I learned is not to make assumptions about anything, and that everything has a deeper, historical context than what may appear on the surface. Whether through learning about the foundations of modern social science or learning how to interpret data, I had a number of “ah ha” moments that were formative and fascinating. In my career, I continue to think about those concepts every day and I think they’ve helped me be a more empathetic and informed colleague and professional.

Collette Reny, MA '12
Collette Reny Collette is a 2012 graduate of the International Education MA program. She currently works as the Coordinator of Education Abroad at Purchase College, SUNY (State University of New York). She writes that "NYU is the global network – seeing how it runs on the inside is pretty much the bread and butter of (the International Education Program)". 
  • Undergraduate University: Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY

    Undergraduate Major: Sociology & African Studies

    Current Job: Coordinator of Education Abroad at Purchase College, SUNY (State University of New York)

    What is your favorite part of your job?

    I love interacting with students. In my role, I have a lot of face time with students who come in for walk in hours and appointments. Many have never been out of the country before, so they bring this fresh outlook that is full of excitement in anticipation of studying abroad. Working with students also gives me a chance to recall my own experiences from studying overseas, which is always a welcomed walk down memory lane!

    What was your favorite part of the IE program?

    My favorite part of the IE program was definitely my two summer intensive courses – one in NYC with Cynthia Miller-Idryss and one in Ghana with Jon Zimmerman. These short (3 week) courses gave me a chance to get to know these professors and delve deeply into the subjects in a way that was not possible over the semester. It was intense, but rewarding. Plus, there is no better way to prepare to send students abroad than being a study abroad student yourself!

    How did NYU prepare you for your current job?

    NYU gave me tools to advise and teach about crossing cultures in both an academic and practical way. I had worked in the study abroad field for a few years before coming to NYU, so my time in the IE program gave me theory to back up what I had been seeing as an adviser. All of us in this field can talk about how important it is to have international experiences because they are life changing. We've been there; we know. But NYU gave me the ability to go past that - to be able to think about enhancing study abroad and international programs; to problematize the common measures that show development and change. These are things I rarely thought about before the IE program, but now inform my day to day work.

    Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

    Try to work in an NYU office while you are there; this is a great way to balance your experience of being a student with some practical knowledge. It also enhances your resume with administration skills that are super important if you are looking to work in higher education after you graduate. I worked in OISS (now OGS) as a graduate student employee, and I met amazing friends and colleagues with whom I am still in touch. Plus, NYU is the global network – seeing how it runs on the inside is pretty much the bread and butter of IE. Do you have any other thoughts you’d like to share with prospective students about the program? Be studious and have fun – it is not many years of your life that you are student at NYU, so take advantage of the social, cultural, and educational opportunities through the IE program & throughout the city.

Carol Maria Reyes Rios, MA '12
Carol Maria Reyes Rios Carol Maria Reyes Rios currently works as the Director of Global Student Programs at Miami Dade College. Previously, she worked at the Institute of International Education (IIE) as a Program Officer in the Foreign Fulbright Programs Division. Her favorite part of the International Education program was studying abroad in Ghana: "My experience in Ghana definitely added a new dimension to my understanding of educational challenges (and successes) in developing countries."
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    Undergraduate University: University of Florida

    Undergraduate Major: Journalism/Communications; Minors in French; Portuguese; Latin American Studies

    Current Job: Director of Global Student Programs at Miami Dade College

    Previous Experiences: Program Officer, Western Hemisphere (Central America, Caribbean, Mexico and Colombia), Foreign Fulbright Programs Division, Institute of International Education (IIE)

    Background: I was born and raised in Guatemala, and I moved to the U.S. when I was 18 to attend college.
    Study Abroad/Internships:
    *As an undergraduate, I studied abroad in Ireland and Brazil, and volunteered in Guatemala and Portugal.
    *As a graduate student, I participated in study abroad in Ghana and completed internships with Fulbright Taiwan in Taipei and with IIE-Latin America in Mexico City.

    Other academic experiences:

    After graduating from the University of Florida, I was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and spent two years living in Taiwan. The first year, I worked with the local Bureau of Education, taught English in a public elementary school and volunteered locally through programs coordinated by the American Institute in Taiwan (U.S. Diplomatic Mission). After my Fulbright, I stayed in Taiwan an additional year to complete an intensive Chinese Language and Culture program at a local university.

    What is your favorite part of your job?

    Miami Dade College is the largest and most diverse institution in the country with over 8 campuses and 165,000 students spread across Miami. The majority of our students are low-income, first-generation, minority students and, in the majority of cases, the students we serve are leaving the country (and in some cases Miami) for the first time when they study abroad through our office. In my position, I'm responsible for all outgoing international programs, including faculty-led study abroad, exchanges and partnerships with foreign institutions, international grants and other special initiatives.
    We've been very successful over the past few years and I've been able to lead some extraordinary programs. Just in the past year, my office has won the Diversity Abroad Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion in International Education Award (EDIE) for our programs focused on workforce development, signed an agreement with Fulbright Canada to offer an undergraduate fellowship (only offered at 13 institutions in the U.S.), won the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Grant (through President Obama's Administration) and most recently received a $40,000 Grant through the French Embassy in the U.S. for a culinary practicum in five regions of France for our Miami Culinary Institute students.
    My proudest achievement, however, would be winning the 2017 Diversity Abroad Innovation Award for creating the first national study abroad program for homeless and foster students in partnership with Educate Tomorrow, a local NGO that focuses on supporting this population of students. We're working with the CEO of Educate Tomorrow as well as a few private donors to discuss next year's cohort. I'm very excited about it!

    What was your favorite part of the IE program?

    My favorite part of the IE program was, without a doubt, studying abroad in Ghana through NYU Steinhardt’s Comparative Perspectives of Education and Diversity program. The three-week course was led by Prof. Jonathan Zimmerman, who goes back to Ghana each year and is extremely knowledgeable about the local history, customs and educational system. Prof. Zimmerman or “Prof,” as the Ghanaians call him, is easily the most charismatic and caring professor I have ever had.

    The course consisted of visits to local schools, NGOs and the Ministry of Education to learn about the current state of the educational system in Ghana and also to think about how education in Ghana has been molded by the country’s history and culture. Even though the focus of the trip was academic and we did spend a considerable amount of time reading or completing assignments, we were also able to visit different parts of Ghana to learn about local culture. We visited Elmina Castle and Cape Coast Castle, where the Trans-Atlantic slave trade took place, and we went to reggae parties with locals on the beach, visited the largest outdoor market in West Africa and had traditional clothing made for us by a local tailor.

    My experience in Ghana definitely added a new dimension to my understanding of educational challenges (and successes) in developing countries and motivated me to enroll in international development and NGO management courses during my last semester at NYU.

    How did NYU prepare you for your current job?

    Personally, I think that a key to my success in the program was using the resources available (study abroad, world-class professors, internships abroad, part-time work at the Office of Global Services, access to international education events and conferences) to network and to plan beyond graduation.

    Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

    As a continuation to my answer above, I think the biggest piece of advice I can give students who are entering the program is to be active. Working, volunteering or interning throughout the program will help students find out what area of international education they enjoy the most and will give them an advantage when it comes to applying for jobs after graduation. It is also important to build relationships with professors, either at Steinhardt or in other departments, to ask for advice, find a mentor or get connected with potential employers.

    Do you have any last thoughts that you'd like to share with prospective students about the program?

    If you are a student who has lived abroad, has done Peace Corps or is a returning Fulbright grantee, make an effort to connect with other local alumni, do language exchange (if you’ve learned another language) and find ways to get involved locally that will help you maintain your cultural fluency. Don’t limit yourself to just attending class; look for ways to educate yourself outside of Steinhardt. It will make you a much more impressive candidate to employers and it will also make your time at NYU so much more fulfilling.

Fred Sanchez, MA '12
Fred Sanchez After graduating with his Masters in International Education from NYU, Fred Sanchez began his career as a Program Officer at the Institute of International Education. He says that his "graduate experience at NYU helped sharpen my ability to analyze studies and apply theory in international education program management."
  • Undergraduate University: Santa Clara University

    Undergraduate Major: Economics

    Current Job: Program Officer, Institute of International Education

    What is your favorite part of your job?

    I appreciate that my position requires me to play a variety of roles in managing the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program with students, universities and government agencies, American and Brazilian. I’ve had the privilege of representing IIE in bilateral functions in São Paulo and Brasilia, allowing me the opportunity to understand the Brazilian Government’s vision for the Program as well to witness the students’ excitement prior to their departure to the US.

    What was your favorite part of the IE program?

    Having studied the application of economic models as an undergraduate, learning about the underlying social theory of development in Phil Hosay’s International Education course was most rewarding.

    How did NYU prepare you for your current job?

    My graduate experience at NYU helped sharpen my ability to analyze studies and apply theory in international education program management. I also saw an improvement in my communication skills and overall ability to evaluate problems and develop long-term solutions.

    Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

    My best recommendation for current students is to focus on a specific country or region throughout the program as much as possible, and invest in learning a relevant second or third language. In retrospect, I would have considered doing the program part-time to digest the material more actively and tailor the program as my interests evolved.

    Any last thoughts that you'd like to share with prospective students about the program?

    I gained a lot of insight from meeting with the Teaching Assistants and Program Coordinators—I recommend prospective students take advantage of those resources, as well as the opportunity to discuss their personal interests and objectives with current students or alumni

Georgina Sanchez, MA '12
Georgina Sanchez Georgina Sanchez is currently a Program Manager for the Global Partnership Program at SeriousFun Children's Network. SeriousFun is a non-profit organization that offers summer camps and other programs for seriously ill children throughout the world.
  • Undergraduate University: University of Texas at El Paso

    Undergraduate Major: Special Education

    Current Job: GPP Program Manager, SeriousFun Children’s Network

    What is your favorite part of your job?

    The people I work with is what it makes my job the best job in the world. This video summarizes it pretty well -

    What was your favorite part of the IE program?

    All my Development track classes and Quantitative Methods class, networking opportunities such the CIES conference, but mostly my cohort! I think the fact that we were all good friends and we were in it together made a big difference. Unlike many other MA programs, I never felt any competition among our cohort, but the exact opposite. Because we all understood that we came from different paths in life and with a varied (and different) set of skills we learned to complement each other very well. The relations I made here are one of the best things I got out of the program.

    How did NYU prepare you for your current job?

    I think the exposure and the many opportunities to network were not much noted at the time, but greatly helped build with my communication skills. In terms of classes, I think for me the practical use of the Methods classes and the knowledge from the Development classes provided me with the fundamental set of skills to be efficient at my current job. Then it becomes an ongoing process as you take those skills and continue to strengthen and polish them, and add more skills as you go on and learn from doing.

    Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

    Don’t let the first semester intimidate you, once you’ll get through it everything will make much more sense. The program is designed for students to explore the different possible tracks in International Education, the rest it is on you to make the best out of it. Don’t sit around and wait for things to happen, make them happen!

    Any last thoughts that you'd like to share with prospective students about the program?

    Get involved!

Marisa Silva, MA '16
Marisa Silva Marisa joined One To World in February 2017 in her current role as Coordinator of Enrichment Programs. In December 2016, she graduated with a Master’s degree from New York University in International Education. Her previous work experiences fall mainly under the non-profit umbrella, and include: Center for Supportive Schools, an organization that implements youth leadership programs in K-12 schools throughout the tri-state area, and Amnesty International, an organization that advocates for human rights. Her passion for cross-cultural exchange and diplomacy led her to One To World, where she regularly gets to interact with international students from all over the world.
  • Current Job: Coordinator of Enrichment Programs, One To World.

    What is your favorite part of the International Education program?

    It was such a lovely experience to spend 2 years meeting people who are passionate about the world in the same way that I am. Not only did I make some amazing friends, but I learned a great deal about how to think about international education in a critical way. I also had the chance to go to South Africa with Teboho Moja and that is an experience that will shape me in so many ways for the rest of my life.

    What do you like best about your current organization?

    I am lucky enough to work at an organization that understands the importance of promoting international education through cross-cultural exchange. One To World provides programs for international students and scholars who are currently living in the NYC area and my job is to plan those programs and basically hang out with all these students! I thoroughly enjoy connecting with them and hearing that our programs are helping them to learn more about the US, while also sharing their culture with others.

    What was the most helpful piece of advice you received while job searching?

    I would say that being patient is probably the best advice that I got when job searching, but the most difficult to follow because in the moment everything seemed so hopeless. It was most difficult for me to be patient because I wasn't keeping myself busy with any productive tasks that weren't related to job applications. Therefore, I would repeat that advice and add that it's important to stay busy, so that time doesn't pass slowly and so that you remain in a positive frame of mind while applying and not come across as desperate.