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Careers in International Public Service

Friday, October 20, 2017
  12:30–2 p.m.

Location: CHASS Interdisciplinary Bldg South 1111
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Category: Seminar


Derick and Jennifer Brinkerhoff explore career paths in international public service, and offer practical guidance on finding the right mix of public service objectives, degree programs, job opportunities, and personal lifestyle choices. The Brinkerhoffs’ concept of career evolution is
encapsulated in a framework they call the service-choice spiral. This model rejects standard set-the-goal, plot-the-steps planning and pulls one’s personal values, skills, professional goals, and sense of altruism into a solid career choice. Through profiles of several public service professionals, the Brinkerhoffs illustrate how real people have faced the choices that confronted them in the course of their careers.

Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff is Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, where she is Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Special Initiatives. She holds a Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Her most recent book is Institutional Reform and Diaspora Entrepreneurs: The In-Between Advantage (Oxford University Press, 2016). She won the 2016 Fred Riggs Award for Lifetime Achievement in International and Comparative Public Administration, and is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. She has advised and provided training on diasporas and development to bilateral assistance agencies, NGOs, and foundations.

Derick W. Brinkerhoff is Distinguished Fellow in International Public Management with RTI International (Research Triangle Institute) and is an associate faculty member at George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. His research and consulting focuses on policy implementation, democracy and governance, decentralization, citizen participation, social accountability, partnerships, and fragile conflict-affected states. He has published extensively, including eight books and numerous articles and book chapters. He holds a doctorate in public policy and administration from Harvard University, and a masters in public administration and a BA from the University of California, Riverside. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. In 2005 he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from UCR’s Alumni Association.

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Open to: General Public
Admission: Free
Sponsor: School of Public Policy

Contact Information:
School of Public Policy
(951) 827-5656