|Current Job:||Associate Program Director at Business-Higher Education Forum|
Stephanie Blochinger earned her M.S.Ed., International Education Development from University of Pennsylvania in 2012. She then worked for the British Council as an education officer in services for International Education Marketing. Currently, she is the associate program director at Business-Higher Education Forum.
How did Tech and the Nunn School help you get where you are?
Georgia Tech and the Nunn School helped me get where I am today because of the international opportunities that I was made aware of from advisors and professors. My professors and Nunn School advisors promoted the State Department internships, which enabled me to intern at the U.S. Consulate in Amsterdam. Additionally, my study abroad advisor encouraged me to go on a semester exchange program which positively affected my career trajectory.
What advice you would give current students at Tech as well as the Sam Nunn School specifically?
One of the most important things that a Tech student should do is to take risks and pursue different types of experiences. Your education credentials are important, but what you do outside of the classroom is equally important. Talking to a professor can build your network for professional and further academic pursuits. Studying abroad and doing a few internships can provide international and work experience to help develop non-technical skills that are critical in the 21st century. Not only do these types of activities strengthen your network, but they also provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences that you may not be able to enjoy after college.
What is something that you got from studying international affairs at Tech?
A unique advantage about studying international affairs at Tech is the distinctive perspective you receive about the world because of the integration of science and technology requirements in the curriculum as well as the mix of theory and practice in international affairs courses. This combination of coursework helped developed my critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are necessary to not only understand global issues but to also excel in your career.