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Student Spotlight

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Isabel Gilbertson '22 Public Affairs and Psychology:  U.S. Student Fulbright Research Grantee

Isabel Gilbertson, was selected as a U.S. Student Fulbright Research Finalist for a fellowship in Vietnam for the 2022-2023 academic year, where she will conduct COVID-19 behavioral health research in Vietnam at the Hanoi University of Public Health. 

“Being awarded a Fulbright means so much to me because it acknowledges my public health work, service to my community and excellence in academic work,” says Gilbertson. “More than anything, this award honors my research and ongoing commitment to help answer important public health questions that will impact past and future generations.”

As a graduate of SU’s Honors Program: Society, Policy and Citizenship, Gilbertson says she “was fortunate to receive a strong foundation in social science with an emphasis in social justice. Being a double major, I was able to learn about health from an individual and systemic perspective and different public health systems and programs in the U.S. and abroad.”

Program Summary

Addressing public and social problems requires an integrated approach. As a Seattle University Public Affairs student, you will build a solid base in the theories of leadership, economics, public policy, management and finance to prepare you to take action for social change.

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Choose a Customizable Concentration

The flexible Public Affairs curriculum allows you to concentrate in a specific area of study. The concentrations build upon the CORE Public Affairs curriculum and prepare you to develop your specific field of interest. You can choose one of the established concentrations or work with your advisor to create your own.

Concentrations include:

  • Urban Planning and Sustainability
  • Nonprofit Management
  • International Development (education abroad options are available)
  • Policy and Politics 

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Professional Development

Enrich your classroom experience through internships, research, experiential learning and study abroad opportunities that prepare you for a career that promotes a just and humane world. 

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Happening on Campus 

LinkUp 2023

LinkUp is the signature networking and speed mentoring event for students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Designed to be casual, informal and approachable, this annual event encourages students majoring in social sciences and humanities to explore career pathways and learn from alumni and friends of the college.

January 24 from 4-6 PM in Student Center 160

Register here.

Career Fair Prep Drop In Office Hours 

Have any questions before the Winter Career and Internship fair? The Career Engagement Office is open for brief 10–15-minute one-to-one meetings to help. Available in person and virtually.

January 30 - February 3 Each day, 10AM-12PM and 1-3PM in the Career Engagement Office or Zoom.

Winter Career and Internship Fair

Meet with 50+ employers to learn more about job and internship opportunities offered by companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations where you might like to work. Whether you are looking for an internship or a position after graduation, you don't want to miss this fair! 

February 9 from 10:30AM-1:30PM in the Campion Ballroom

Register here.

Meet U.S Representative Marie Gluesenkamp Perez

Dr. Larry Hubbell, immediate past director of the Institute of Public Service and a professor in the Masters of Public Administration program at Seattle University, and Joni Balter, journalist, lecturer and professional-in-residence at Seattle University, will lead a wide-ranging conversation with MGP. 

Feb. 24 from 3-4PM in the Oberto Commons, Sinegal Center for Science and Innovation

Register Here.