Our experienced Career Services staff supports Sanford students with finding internships and jobs that fit their policy area interests and unique skills.

Career Services Staff


Donna L. Dyer

Assistant Dean for Career and Professional Development, Career Services

Donna assists our Master of Public Policy students in their job and internship searches and maintains our network of MPP alumni.


Elise Goldwasser

Director of Undergraduate Internships

Elise serves the undergraduate PPS majors who are completing their internship requirements.


Carmella LaBianca

Director of Employer Relations

Carmella creates partnerships with employers who want to hire Sanford students.


Marion Pratt

Director of Global Careers

Marion served with the U.S. Peace Corps in Niger and worked for 17 years as the Social Science Advisor with the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance at the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington, DC. Following her career with USAID, she served as the Grants Resource Officer at Vanderbilt University, helping faculty and graduate students in the humanities and social sciences secure research grants and fellowships. She received her PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology from Binghamton University and her BA in Art History and Environmental Studies from Williams College.  She also holds a certificates in Freshwater Aquaculture (University of Oklahoma) and in Technical Communication (Minnesota State University). As the Director of Global Careers at the Sanford School of Public Policy, she works with both MIDP fellows and MPP students who are focused on careers in international development.  


Suzanne Valdivia

Assistant Internship Director, Career Services

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Invaluable Guidance

The Career Services staff provided invaluable guidance throughout my final two years at Duke.  I know it wasn’t always easy to find applicable opportunities in the fields I was interested in, but they provided advice and support to help me navigate applications and network for internships and jobs. — Shikhar Gupta, Public Policy/Neuroscience '21