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Michael Rizzi (right), Director of Student Services at GSPIA speaks with Charles Harm '15 & Cath Borgman, Director of Fairfield's Career Planning Center.
Michael Rizzi (right), Director of Student Services at GSPIA speaks with Charles Harm ’15 & Cath Borgman, Director of Fairfield’s Career Planning Center.

On Tuesday, September 16, a small group of intrigued International Studies majors had lunch with Mr. Michael Rizzi, Director of Student Services at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA). GSPIA is a member school in the prestigious Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs. Mr. Rizzi came to Fairfield on a strong recommendation from Laura Barry ’09, a recent graduate of GSPIA.

Mr. Rizzi highlighted the comparative advantages of GSPIA, including its location in the city of Pittsburgh, recognized by The Economist as the most livable city in the U.S. and 30th most livable city in the world. He added that the cost of living for GSPIA students was far more attractive in comparison to graduate students pursuing international affairs/international relations degrees in the New York and Washington, D.C Metro areas.



International Business Alumna: Maximize Your Opportunities

Alexandra Luna '05
Alexandra Luna ’05

Almost 10 years ago, Alexandra Luna ’05 completed her degree in International Business with a plan to pursue a career that was both fulfilling and practical, financially. Yesterday, she returned to Fairfield to share her experiences and offer career advice to International Studies and International Business students.

After graduating in May 2005, Alexandra was quickly hired by Fisher International, Inc., a Norwalk-based information and consulting firm with clients across the globe. Today, she remains with the company as a manager in its research division. She encouraged students to take advantage of the opportunity to study abroad, participate in a variety of on campus and off campus activities, and to explore career options that fit their interests.

Career Advice for International Business

Alexandra Luna '05
Alexandra Luna ’05

Another fall semester is upon us! The International Studies Program has a lot going on this semester. Check out our Calendar of Events for slated activities. We’ll be updating the calendar as the semester progresses. Next Tuesday, we’ll have a visit from one of our alumna, Ms. Alexandra Luna ’05. Since graduating from Fairfield with a BS in International Business, she’s been working with Fisher International, a global business solutions and consulting firm. She’s returning to campus to share her experiences and words of wisdom for those aspiring for careers in International Business.

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