Fall Workshops Welcome New Advisors

Fall Workshops Welcome New Advisors

In Fall 2022, one-hundred thirteen advisors from 79 institutions across the United States participated in five trainings related to APSIA’s Public and International Service Advisor (PISA) Network.

Created in 2018, the PISA Network brings together undergraduate and community college advisors across the US to advance understanding of the professions of international affairs, public policy, and public administration on their campuses. The Network provides support for and recognition of advisors as they counsel students to pursue careers in these fields. The Network now reaches advisors in 46 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Some workshops were hosted in person for the first time since 2019. On October 14, Florida International University’s Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs hosted 24 advisors from around south Florida. On November 7, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public & International Affairs hosted 11 advisors from Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. On November 14, Princeton University's School of Public & International Affairs (SPIA) welcomed 10 advisors from New Jersey and New York. Alumni speakers during these workshops included those working at Meta, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, and VISIMO.

To engage advisors in other regions, APSIA also hosted two additional virtual workshops.

On October 18, APSIA hosted a virtual workshop looking at the many career opportunities within international affairs.  Alexandra Ghara, Vice President of the Robertson Foundation for Government, moderated a conversation between Brittany Beaulieu, Director at Yorktown Solutions (Univ. of Washington Jackson School Alumna) and Sophia Gonzalez-Mayagoitia, International Export Grant Manager at the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade (Univ. of Denver Josef Korbel School Alumna).

On Wednesday November 30, 2022, APSIA hosted an online panel, moderated by Rachel Bowen Pittman, Executive Director of the United Nations Association of the United States of America. Discussing how to link global phenomena to local opportunities for students, Nezar Jamal, Director of Heartland Outreach at the US Global Leadership Coalition (Johns Hopkins SAIS Alumnus), and Joy Young, Program Officer at American Councils for International Education’s International Visitor Leadership Program (Georgetown SFS Alumna), reminded attendees that there are many connections between local and global issues.


Workshop attendees commented

“I loved the panels and hearing from a diverse group of people[.]”

“The panels were all great. I especially appreciated the alumni panel which provided a lot of practical advice.”

“I have a better understanding of degrees [and] necessary student [preparation.] [T]hank you!”


The in-person workshops in Miami and Pittsburgh were made possible by the Robertson Foundation for Government. The in-person workshop in Princeton was made possible by the Princeton SPIA.