Meet The Experts in Foreign Service/NGO

The Foreign Service represents the United States around the world and interacts with local governments, staffs United States embassies and consulates, and provides resources for Americans traveling abroad.  Non-government organizations (NGO’s) are usually a label given to organizations operating on an international level and their activities often include environmental, social, advocacy, and human rights work. They can work to promote social or political change on a broad scale or very locally. NGOs play a critical part in developing society, improving communities, and promoting citizen participation.

The panelists below will share more about how they got interested in their field and provide advice and insight to UNL students looking to break into these fields.

Layla Younis (she/her/hers)
Refugee State Coordinator at State of Nebraska

What sparked your interest in this field?
My personal family heritage of coming to the U.S. as refugees sparked my interest in migration/foreign policy.

How did you gain experience when you were a student completing your undergraduate degree?
I gained experience by reaching out to mentors, studying abroad, and taking advantage of the opportunities UNL offered.

Who is someone that influenced your career and professional development?
Abla Hasan, who runs UNL’s Arabic program.

What is one important skill you’ve had to acquire and hone as you’ve grown in your career?
Public Speaking/Communications

 

Scott Shiller (he/him/his)
Advisor in the Bureau for the Middle East, United States Agency for International  Development 

What sparked your interest in this field?
Knowing that global events affect us domestically.

How did you gain experience when you were a student completing your undergraduate degree?
Taking all of the required international relations courses and reading the publications assigned. Reading national and international publications are key.

Who is someone that influenced your career and professional development?
Former Defense Secretary and Senator Chuck Hagel

What is one important skill you’ve had to acquire and hone as you’ve grown in your career?
Time management

James Garza

 

 

 

 

James Garza (he/him/his)
Analyst at the U.S. Department of Defense

What sparked your interest in this field?
I became interested in this field through my studies and interest in trying to understand how the world works and how to distill complex challenges and issues into actionable products for policymakers.

How did you gain experience when you were a student completing your undergraduate degree?
I gained experience by taking a wide range of coursework in history and political science. Participating in student organizations also helped me connect with individuals with similar goals.

Who is someone that influenced your career and professional development?
Dr. Tyler White and Professor Marc Warburton in the political science department at UNL.

What is one important skill you’ve had to acquire and hone as you’ve grown in your career?
Flexibility

Public Policy, Public Administration, Public Health and Foreign Service/NGO Meet Up

Wednesday, March 10th, 2021, 5:30 PM

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*Check out the outstanding panel of professionals below who will share about how they got started and their advice to UNL students looking to break into these fields.

Foreign Service/NGO 

Public Administration

Public Policy/Legislation

Public Health 

Public Policy/Nonprofit