The IER Student Group, CIER (The Council on International Economic Relations) hosted a panel discussion with three IER alumni at SIS on November 22, 2013.
In an career discussion moderated by CIER President Alex Choy, alumni Allison Rose-Sonnesyn '04, Lawrence Lamonica '02, and Yun Zhang '09 answered questions from SIS students about the value of an IER education, internships, networking, job opportunities, and more.
Among other advice, Ms. Rose-Sonnesyn, a Professional Staff Member at the U.S. House of Representatives, who works primarily with the house's Subcommittee on Space, emphasized the importance of being willing to take chances, work outside your comfort zone, and show that you are willing to go above and beyond for an employer, especially as an intern. Mr. Lamonica, who is currently the Vice President of Business Development for Latin America for SOL Capital Management Company, and who is also on the Board of the Chilean-American Foundation, which supports underprivileged children in Chile, provided advice about how best to present yourself when seeking jobs and internships, and the importance of appearing comfortable and natural when networking. Ms. Zhang, who is a Marketing and Communications Associate at the National Foundation for Cancer Research, emphasized the need to be confident, willing to learn, and, above all, ambitious in your role within an organization.
The event was followed by conversation and refreshments arranged by CIER. Check out www.siscier.com for more information.
Dr. Stephen Silvia Publishes New Book
On November 11, 2013, Dr. Stephen Silvia of IER launched his new work, "Holding the Shop Together: German Industrial Relations in the Postwar Era," in a two-hour event in the SIS Abramson Family Founders Room. Dr. Silvia, who was introduced by Dean Tamar Gutner and IER Program Director Arturo Porzecanski, outlined his work, which thoroughly investigates the role of industrial relations and trade unions in the rise of the German economy after World War II, and took questions from the audience. Dr. Silvia's book is available for purchase from Cornell University Press.