International Opportunities

Are you considering a job or internship abroad? Explore these online resources to get started. Feel free to drop by our office to meet with an advisor to help plan.

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Alumni To Know

Virginia Brumby '01

Despite all advice to the contrary, Virginia Brumby '01, insisted on majoring in Romance Languages at W&L. Since graduation, she has lived, worked, and travelled across six different continents, working as everything from a translator for VIPs and Royalty in Asia, to an assistant to a National Geographic aerial photographer in South America; from a Paralegal at the Department of Justice in Washington, to a Travel & Leisure journalist in India, from a language teacher for teenagers in France and Spain, to a Diplomat for the Netherlands and Quebec. She earned her MBA from INSEAD in 2001 and, with French husband Christophe, currently resides between Singapore and Cambodia, running a Lifestyle Membership that she founded in 2010, Survival Chic.

Viginia offers this advice: "To all the current W&L students with a  sense of adventure, 3 short pieces of advice: Travel! Learn Languages! Work Abroad! The world is your oyster."

Skye Justice '03

Skye graduated from Washington and Lee in 2003 with a degree in Politics.  He is an Officer in the U.S. Foreign Service, having joined the State Department in 2006.  Currently, he is the Economic and Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  His previous assignments include the U.S. Embassies in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Political and Economic Officer and Vice Consul) and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (Political and Economic Officer).  In Washington, he has worked in the Department's Office of Central American Affairs and Bureau of Diplomatic Security.  In summer 2014, he will take up a new assignment as the State Department's Coordinator for Refugee Affairs for North and West Africa, based in Dakar, Senegal.  

Skye is also a 2006 graduate of the George Washington University Law School.  During law school, Skye was a Human Rights Fellow in the office of the prosecutor at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, where he supported the prosecution of accused perpetrators of the 1994 Rwanda genocide.  He also clerked for the Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition, where he advised clients seeking asylum in the United States, and at Huddleston Bolen, LLP, a West Virginia-based law firm.  Skye speaks French, Haitian Creole, Spanish, Italian, and Swahili.    

 J.R. Smith '91

J.R. graduated from Washington and Lee in 1991 after majoring in Journalism and East Asian Studies. He spent three years in Japan post-graduation and prior to law school.  As a lawyer, J.R. has lived and/or worked in over 40 countries throughout the world, including spending the past three years opening and managing a new office for his law firm in Tokyo.  His legal practice involves corporate finance, infrastructure development, restructuring and commercial litigation.

Lena Golze-Desmond '10L

Lena Golze-Desmond graduated from Washington & Lee Law in 2010 (and from Dartmouth College in 2004 with a degree in Government). After graduating from W&L Law, she received an M.Sc. in Environmental Management from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, with a specialty in renewable energy. She then returned to NYC (her hometown) and volunteered at the New York Office of the Attorney General in its Environmental Protection Bureau before joining The Overbrook Foundation as an Environment Program Associate. During that time, she also worked at the Law Offices of Natara Feller, a small law firm focused on energy law.

She is currently exploring ways to expand access to legal resources for grassroots environmental organizations. She is on the International Environmental Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association, is a 2013 member and on the Board of the New York City Environmental Law Leadership Institute (NYCELLI), and a Environmental Leadership Program Eastern 2014 Fellow.

Lena encourages anyone with questions on law, environmental law, New York City, or any combination thereof to reach out with any questions they might have!

Eric Brassil '04

After graduation, Eric fulfilled his Boren Scholar service requirement by serving as the Assistant to the Director of Institutional Research at the National War College. From 2005-2006, Eric enrolled in an intensive one year M.A. program at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, where his studies focused on Post-Communist politics and consociationalism (power-sharing arrangements). Graduating first in his class, he received the CEU Outstanding Academic Achievement Award.

In September 2006, Eric joined the U.S. Department of State (Foreign Service) as an Office Management Specialist (OMS). In his first tour in New Zealand, Eric served as the OMS in the Regional Service Office and, for eight months, as OMS to Ambassador McCormick. In this capacity, Eric led the Ambassador's support team, served as primary liaison between the Ambassador and Mission sections, and coordinated with Public Affairs to plan a wide ranging outreach schedule of 15 domestic trips and five international trips. From 2009-2011, Eric served as the OMS in the Political Section at U.S. Embassy Moscow, where he provided primary logistical support to over 100 high-level delegations, including a visit from President Obama, Vice President Biden and two from then Secretary Clinton. From 2011-2014, Eric served at the OMS Business Practice Advisor and Engagement Coordinator for the State Department Office of eDiplomacy. In 2013, Eric was recognized at one of 25 "Rising Stars" in the federal government by Federal Computing Weekly and in 2014 Eric received OMS of the Year Award by Secretary Kerry for his innovative contributions during his tenure in eDiplomacy.

In July 2015, Eric and his wife, Aniesa Brassil (Bosch) '04, will move to Athens, Greece where Eric will serve as OMS to the Deputy Chief of Mission.


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