Photo of Amanda Van Gilder by sign saying Department of Veterans Affairs

Having graduated from a top global program, Amanda Van Gilder '15 is applying her majors in international studies and Spanish to career success.

Grad excels at global goals

August 3, 2017

Photo of Amanda Van Gilder by sign saying Department of Veterans Affairs

She interned at an indigenous human rights firm in Peru. Made her mark as a researcher studying national security and nuclear nonproliferation. And attended one of the world’s most prominent graduate schools. 

Amanda Van Gilder '15 is a proud example of how an interdisciplinary education and myriad experiential learning activities can lead to impressive educational and career opportunities. 

On Track with Her Career

In May she graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) with concentrations in strategic studies and international economics. The program is considered to be one of the world’s top graduate schools for international relations.

A few weeks later, she began a two-year position as a management analyst in the office of academic affiliations with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She received the opportunity after being named a finalist in the highly competitive Presidential Management Fellowship program

Crediting BW for Boosting Skills

With majors in international studies and Spanish, Van Gilder credits BW for her for success. "BW provided me both an interdisciplinary education as well as the opportunity to apply my studies in different ways," explained the Akron, Ohio native. 

"My experiences in the classroom and abroad gave me the chance to study, conduct research and live in a variety of environments. I studied abroad in Spain, interned at an indigenous human rights firm in Peru and published my first academic paper. At SAIS, I have been able to further apply these research and cross-cultural communication skills," she added.