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International Careers: Prospects, Preparation, Issues, and Choices


Come learn and discuss international careers in the broadest sense.   Bill Anderson 69’ will share how you don’t have to live abroad to have a fulfilling “international” career. He will discuss the qualities, skills and education you may need for international work. He will share how to start looking early for internships and other opportunities to introduce you to the types of organizations (private, public, non-profit, and others) engaged in the issues that may interest you.  


Bill Anderson, 69’ Professor of Practice at Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs and recently completed an assignment (2009-2010) as the USAID Representative to the European Union. From July 2006 – July 2008, Mr. Anderson served as the USAID Senior Development Adviser at the US European Command in Stuttgart Germany and supported the initial phases of the US African Command. He was the first USAID Development Advisor posted to a DoD Regional Command and received the Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award.  He is a former USAID Senior Foreign Service Officer, with long-term overseas service in Senegal, DRC-Congo, Tanzania (Deputy Mission Director), and Eritrea (USAID Mission Director).  In his first USAID assignment, he managed a global series of rural road impact evaluations and led an international conference to identify best practices for future road projects.  He was USAID Director in Eritrea prior to the outbreak of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Border War in 1998 through the first year of the conflict.  From 1999-2001, he directed the Office of East and South Asia in USAID’s Asia Near East Bureau (ANE).


Knobloch Campus Center Alvarez 313 - Arthur Vining Davis Room

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