Read about this month’s International Studies Alumni Spotlight. Alumni were asked to share how their International Studies major or minor has influenced their path after graduating from the University of Michigan.
February 2024 - Ally Stavros
BA International Studies (International Security, Norms, and Cooperation); minor, Community Action and Social Change; minor, Religion ‘20
Hometown: Brighton, MI
University of Michigan Affiliations: Peace Corps Preparatory Program, Camp Kesem, Relay for Life
“I graduated in 2020, when international work was difficult to find due to the pandemic. My original plan after graduating with my PICS degree to move to Ukraine and teach English with the Peace Corps was cancelled. I continued my internship with the United States Agency for International Development, publishing multiple pieces on the impact the pandemic was having on education across the world. I then began working for the U.S. Army and was introduced to the world of national security! After a few years in the federal government, I have come back to the University of Michigan to bring together my favorite aspects of international studies with my professional experiences in defense and government. I am now wrapping up my Master of Public Policy and concentrating in international policy at the University of Michigan.”