This week Kevin Bialy discusses his career at the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where he serves as the acting international program officer for the Western Hemisphere. Bialy describes some of the opportunities available for students and more experienced researchers at the NIH, USAID, and CDC. He also details how his training in anthropology has assisted him throughout his career, particularly in navigating between science and policy realms. He offers suggestions for those interested in pursuing federal employment, and urges students to acquire skills and experiences that will help them stand out from their peers.
In February 2007, the Practicing Anthropology Working Group (PAWG) launched a “Profiles in Practice” column in Anthropology News that highlighted anthropologists working outside of academia. PAWG soon transformed into the more permanent AAA Committee of Practicing, Applied and Public Interest Anthropology (CoPAPIA), which reimagined its Anthropology News column under the new title “Anthropology Works” in September 2008.
CoPAPIA is now building upon past Profiles in Practice columns with an online interview series geared towards students interested in anthropology but uncertain about career paths that await them after graduation. The series is hosted by Ruth Sando, owner of Sando and Associates, who is a practicing anthropologist and former board member of the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists.
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Interested in participating in this podcast series? Please contact Brian Estes at bestes AT aaanet DOT org
Previous Profiles in Practice podcasts:
- Profiles in Practice Podcast: Cultural Resource Management
- Profiles in Practice Podcast: Anthropology in the US Forest Service
- Interview with Cheryl Levine, social science analyst at the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development