International Relations Alumnae Stories

International Relations majors have pursued a wide variety of careers since graduating from Mount Holyoke College, working for governments, international organizations, NGOs, and companies on many complex local, national, and global issues.

Mount Holyoke students and alumnae can conduct informational interviews with alumnae working in the field through the Alumnae Association Career Directory. Search alumnae by major or career field. In addition, some alumnae are participating in the Alumnae Stay Program which is a network of Alumnae who have offered to temporarily host students or alumnae traveling for academic or professional growth.

 Emily McGranachan '12 at the Marcha de la Diversidad Sexual, Santiago, Chile, 2011.
Emily McGranachan '12: I frequently think about my experience traveling and living internationally when talking about LGBTQ rights and the global movement
Nialena Ali ’17
“This year I have taken some actions to make Mount Holyoke a more inclusive and equitable campus and I am very proud of the work that I have accomplished.”
Woyneab Habte '17, Mount Holyoke College
Empowered by the skills she gained at Mount Holyoke, Woyneab Habte ’17 founded a copy shop in her country to provide peers an alternative to sex work.
Image of Maimuna Ahmad ’09 with current students.
Maimuna Ahmad ’09, CEO of Teach for Bangladesh, shares how her organization is transforming the lives of children and their teachers
Photo of Olivia Lucas ’18 and her host famliy in Cameroon
For Olivia Lucas ’18, multilingualism was her gateway to a new culture and experience of identity.
Photo of Julia Kellerbauer
IR student liaison Julia Kellerbauer ’18 adds a touch of home at work.
Kiana Lussier '13 standing in a city office in Sydney, Australia
Kiana Lussier '13: It is exhilarating to feel passionate about your field of work and study! MHC Geography helped me put my career path in motion.
Woyneab Habte '17, Mount Holyoke College
Founder of On-Her-Own, the first work-study program in Ethiopia helping to provide low-income female students with non-exploitative means of income.
Olivia Lucas (far right) with her host family on International Women's Day
Olivia Lucas: Here in the U.S. we’re caught up in our technology and race from one thing to the next, but there, close social ties are far more important.
 Emily McGranachan  '12 at the Madres de Plaza de Mayo
Emily McGranachan '12: The Spanish department fostered my passion for social movements in Latin America in a way that only language acquisition can.
Photo of Javeria Kella ’19 in Liberia
Beyond the classroom: Javeria Kella ’19 discusses her internship with Gbowee Peace Foundation in Liberia.