Career Roundtables and JobTalks

Each semester, the IOP holds a series of Career Roundtables and JobTalks. Career Roundtables are focused on specific fields within public service, from campaigns and politics to health care and education. JobTalks highlight specific organizations such as City Year, the Central Intelligence Agency, State Department, Defense Intelligence Agency, the Tennessee Governor's Management Fellowship Program, the Tobin Project, and the Peace Corps.

Visit the Path to Public Service page for a recap of past Career Roundtables and JobTalks and the IOP Events Calendar for future Career Roundtables and JobTalks.

A Career Roundtable on jobs and internships in Washington, D.C. with Tom Manatos, former Senior Advisor to Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, and Dana Edwards Manatos, former Associate Director of Public Liaison at the White House under President George W. Bush

 A JobTalk on careers and internships with the U.S. State Department

Student Feedback from recent Career Roundtables and JobTalks

JobTalk: City Year

"I was just so inspired by the strong relationships I was able to build with my students. I was amazed by how much they grew and how much I was able to grow with them. And I wanted to share this experience with other Harvard Students."

Adrianna Lucero ‘15, City Year Alumnae

Careers in Immigration Policy and Advocacy

“I went in with the assumption that the only way to work in immigration was to go to law school and become an immigration lawyer. But the roundtable made me realize that there are so many different opportunities out there. I came out feeling liberated, it was enlightening!”

Lisette Candia Diaz '16

Careers in Education - Policy and Reform

"As a senior thinking about next steps in the education field, the event was incredibly insightful and helpful. The panelists affirmed the benefit of teaching in a classroom before working in education policy to establish "street cred," but cautioned against using teaching as a means to an end.  They spoke of the major advantage you will have if you can speak across a broad spectrum of education-minded people (politics, policy, practice, and academia)."

Julia Konrad '13

Careers in Journalism

"As someone who has always had an interest journalism, I thought this roundtable was a great opportunity to learn about the many different kinds of writing and reporting. Having real-life examples of people who have had careers in journalism made me realize just how diverse this trade really is." 

Kendall Crawford '16

"I've considered going to journalism school, and it was interesting to hear the presenters provide a different perspective on its merit and usefulness. A lot of getting into journalism actually comes down to on-the-job experience."

Jessica Salley '14

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