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Alumni: Careers and Comments

Alumni of the European Union Policy Studies graduate program pursue meaningful and rewarding careers in the United States, Europe, and beyond. Examples of places they have worked include:

EU and Intergovernmental Institutions

  • European Parliament
  • United Nations
  • Delegation of the European Union in the United States
  • European Parliament Liasion Office, Washington, D.C.
  • International Monetary Fund

The US Federal Government

  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of State
  • Office of Management and Budget
  • United States Senate
  • International Trade Administration

Multinational Corporations

  • IBM
  • Ketchum Public Relations
  • Norfolk Southern
  • Pirelli
  • Hanover Communications

Non-Governmental Organizations

  • Population Council
  • International Foundation for Electoral Systems

US State Governments

  • Ohio State Legislature
  • Oregon State Legislature

Lobbying Organizations and Think Tanks

  • Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • German Marshall Fund
  • Transatlantic Business Council

Other almuni have pursued post-graduate degrees (e.g., Ph.D., J.D.). Regardless of their career paths, EUPS alums maintain an active alumni network and are fully integrated into broader JMU alumni networks.

What EUPS Alumni Have to Say

"The EUPS program forces you to keep asking questions and to challenge assumptions, allowing you to look at complex issues holistically. This ability to hone in the truly important issue at hand is critically important for any future policy maker."
- Kevin Herzik, Class of 2009

"The EUPS program challenged me both academically and personally. After graduation, I was equipped with the research skills and confidence necessary to excel in a leadership role at a global organization."
- Jerry Wohlgemuth, Class of 2009

"The writing skills and cultural experiences you gain through this program are invaluable regardless of where you end up...a normal day for me is spent with my colleagues either researching or writing our white papers. This is almost exactly what we did in the policy analysis seminar, a cornerstone of the EUPS program."
- Jessica Raines, Class of 2010

"The EUPS program was instrumental in my career progression. I became an expert on how the EU works, which has been invaluable for my current job. I work at a PR consultancy, and two of my main clients are Directorate-Generals (DGs) in the European Commission - DG Enterprise and Industry and DG Environment."
- Aimee Bateas, Class of 2011