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


Nadia Chamberlin, PhD

Assistant Dean Career Services

Dr. Nadia Chamberlin is the Assistant Dean of Career Services and Professional Development of Sanford School of Public Policy.  She has served in the higher education arena since 2001 in numerous academic and administrative roles, including: Associate Director of Employer Engagement and Recruiting with Career and Leadership for MBA and Alumni at Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Associate Director of University Career Services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Assistant Vice President for International Education, Interim Dean of Student Development, and Adjunct Faculty Member at Upper Iowa University; Assistant Director for International Students and Scholars and Assistant Director of International Programs at University of Northern Iowa; and Academic/Career Advisor, Financial Aid Advisor and Adjunct Instructor at Hawkeye Community College. Dr. Chamberlin earned her PhD in Educational Leadership from Iowa State University, her MA in Public Policy from the University of Northern Iowa.

Dr. Chamberlin is a recipient of several grants and awards, including 2021 North Carolina Career Development Association Outstanding Professional award, 2020 Student Affairs Assessment award, 2013 Fulbright International Education Administrators seminar grant, 2013 Germany Today special information program grant from DAAD, 2011 Cedar Valley Business Monthly 20 under 40 award, and 2009 City of Waterloo Human Rights Special Recognition Award.  Dr. Chamberlin is a co-author of a peer-reviewed article, and she has had the pleasure of presenting at local and state conferences and leading a wide variety of trainings and webinars.


Carmella LaBianca

Director of Employer Relations

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


Marion Pratt, PhD

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.  


Elise Goldwasser

Director of Undergraduate Internships

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


Suzanne "Suz" Allen

Assistant Internship Director, Career Services

Suz supports undergraduate and graduate public policy students in their internship search processes. She manages the Sanford Embark program, which connects current students who are considering jobs or careers in advocacy, policy and politics with Duke alums working in specific areas to demystify the job search process in specific areas and identify possible entry-level positions. Additionally, she coaches the Duke in DC Spring program cohort on their DC-based internship searches.


Elizabeth Hoodless

Director of MPP Career Advising

Elizabeth supports Master of Public Policy students in career exploration, job and internship searches, networking, negotiations, and career changes. She serves as the lead administrator for the Handshake platform for Sanford Career Services.


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