Winter International Career Panel

Winter International Career Panel

Please join us for the first international career panel of 2011 with panelists Prof. Michael Dukakis, Prof. David Kaye, and MA candidate Nicholas Smith. The Burkle Center and the Undergraduate International Relations Society (UIRS) co-sponsor two international career panel per year to provide insight about various fields and professions in the international arena and guidance on how to best prepare for international careers.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Ackerman Union, 2nd Floor Lounge
Los Angeles, CA 90095


Join the Burkle Center and the Undergraduate International Relations Society for an opportunity to hear leaders in the field of international affairs speak candidly about what they did after graduation and how today's recent graduates can prepare for a career in international affairs.


MICHAEL DUKAKIS began his political career as an elected Town Meeting Member in the town of Brookline. He was elected chairman of his town’s Democratic organization, and served four terms in the Massachusetts Legislature, winning reelection by an increasing margin each time he ran. Dukakis won his party’s nomination for Governor in 1974 and would serve three 4-year terms. He inherited a record deficit and record high unemployment and is generally credited with digging Massachusetts out of one of its worst financial and economic crises in history. In 1986, his colleagues in the National Governors’ Association voted him the most effective governor in the nation. Dukakis won the Democratic nomination for the presidency of the United States in 1988 but was defeated by George Bush. His research has focused on national health care policy reform and the lessons that national policy makers can learn from state reform efforts. He and the late former U.S. Senator Paul Simon authored the book titled “How to Get Into Politics – and Why,” which is designed to encourage young people to think seriously about politics and public service as a career. Since June 1991, Dukakis has been a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University and visiting professor at the School of Public Affairs at UCLA.

DAVID KAYE is the Executive Director of the Law School’s International Human Rights Program and Director of its International Justice Clinic. Kaye has taught and written extensively on international humanitarian law and the use of force. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, the Pacific Council on International Policy, the California South Committee of Human Rights Watch and the Board of Directors of the Democracy Council of California. Before joining UCLA, David served as an international lawyer with the U.S. State Department. He was a legal adviser to the American Embassy in The Hague, where he worked with the international criminal tribunals and acted as counsel to the United States in several cases before the International Court of Justice and the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal.

NICHOLAS SMITH is a Masters Student in African Studies at UCLA with a concentration in Development Studies. In March 2009 he founded the Buseesa Community Development Centre (BCDC) in Western Uganda, a community based micro-finance project, where small business owners and farmers take out loans to expand their businesses. The micro-credit loans are supplemented with business skills seminars. In December 2010, he brought UCLA nursing students to work in Buseesa and the surrounding villages and towns. In June 2010 Smith conducted research with a colleague from UCLA in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to look at the plausibility of starting a micro-credit program for refugees who fled the second Congolese war and were returning from over 7 years in refugee camps in Zambia and Tanzania. The Moba Community Development Center (MCDC) was launched as a pilot project in late December 2010.


Sponsor(s): Burkle Center for International Relations