Aticles of the week:


  • Position: Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Project Manager
  • Description: The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) in Des Moines, Iowa has an immediate opening for a Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Project Manager. The project manager's primary responsibility is to recruit international companies to locate job creation projects in the state of Iowa. The person will be an integral team member of the Business Development Division, which is responsible for new business recruitment and existing industry expansions.
  • Location: Des Moines, IA
  • Pay: $56,160.00 - $86,548.80 depending on qualification
  • Responsibilities: Work includes traditional business development activities, outreach to the business community, and economic development project management, and involves considerable initiative and judgment in supporting the State of Iowa's economic development goals and objectives. Additionally, the project manager will organize, manage and direct Governor-led foreign direct investment missions. Work includes recruiting delegates, raising funds, overseeing the agenda and logistics, and interfacing with government leaders and industry associations to execute the mission.
  • Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be extremely energetic and have a high level of initiative, possess strong networking skills, highly organized, and be analytical and customer service-oriented with substantial meaningful deal-making experience. Candidate must possess business development skills and be comfortable making outside sales calls and generating leads. International travel is a requirement of this position.
    1. Requires four or more years of responsible and varied professional experience in the area of business and/or economic development. Such experience would normally be gained after graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in business, marketing, economic development, urban planning, public administration or other related field.
    2. Possession of a Master's or Juris Doctorate Degree in international law, business, marketing, economic development, urban planning, public administration or a related field may be substituted for 2 years of experience.
    3. Other combinations of training and/or experience which can be demonstrated to result in the possession of the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties of this position will also be considered.
    4. Applicant must have the ability and be available to travel domestically and internationally, hold a valid passport and (Iowa) drivers license and have international travel experience. Foreign travel experience, particularly to South Korea, China, Taiwan, Japan, India, etc., would be particularly helpful.
    5. Fluency in a foreign language is a plus.
  • For more information, contact Ms. Rita C. Grimm, COO/General Counsel, Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), 200 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50309, Ph: 515-725-3018, E-mail:
  • If interested, submit your résumé and cover letter to: Ms. Melissa Harshbarger at
  • Posted: April 16, 2015


  • Position: Service Associate Intern - Raymond James & Associates
  • Description: Founded in 1962 and a public company since 1983, Raymond James is a diversified financial services holding company with subsidiaries engaged primarily in investment and financial planning, in addition to investment banking and asset management. Raymond James Financial has more than 6,200 financial advisors serving approximately 2.6 million accounts in more than 2,600 locations throughout the United States, Canada and overseas. In addition, total client assets are approximately $483 billion.
  • Location: West Des Moines, IA
  • Pay/Hour: $15 per hour- Approximately 20+ hrs per week for 3 months
  • Responsibilities: Under limited supervision, the intern will use intermediate skills obtained through experience and training to assist Financial Advisors and provide clients with quality service. The intern is expected to follow established procedures to perform routine tasks and receives general guidance to perform a variety of non-routine tasks with limited decision making responsibility. Routine contact with internal and external customers is required to obtain, clarify or provide facts and information. Main duties include:
    1. Interact daily on the phone and in person with prospective and existing clients including handling basic inquiries
    2. Process and follow up on client documentation for proper maintenance of accounts
    3. Prepare letters, forms, and spreadsheets to assist with servicing existing clients
    4. Maintain databases and creates reports using portfolio software programs
    5. Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned
    6. Organize and prepare daily reporting and research for Financial Advisor review
    7. Assist with special projects to help Financial Advisors
      • Assist in creation of an investment review checklist
      • Develop and assist with valuation models
      • Individual security valuation and review
      • Provide suggestions and feedback regarding operational process and information management
  • Qualifications:Candidates must be either sophomore, junior or senior. A major in finance, or accounting/finance is strongly preferred.
  • If interested, submit your résumé and cover letter to: Brian Grefe via e-mail at by April 15, 2015.
  • Posted: Mar. 9, 2015

  • Position: Contract Management Specialist Interns - Midwest Professional Staffing
  • Description: Midwest Professional Staffing, a division of Midwest Search Group, is a positive, high-energy staffing firm which values establishing and keeping long term relationships with our clients and candidates. West Des Moines insurance company seeking two Contract Management Specialist Interns for a 12 week contract. Job entails reviewing contracts in their vendor management department. Detail oriented intern sought as majority of time spent on reading and reviewing contracts. Other duties would include following up on missing information with vendors. If interested, email
  • Location: West Des Moines, IA
  • Pay/Hour: 20-25 hours per week at $15 per hour beginning approximately April 1, 2015
  • Qualifications:Candidates must be either junior or senior. Intern would need to be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • If interested, submit your résumé to: Corbon Kinney at Midwest Professional Staffing at by Friday, March 13.
  • Posted: Mar. 9, 2015

  • Position: Analyst Intern - Private Equity Fund of Funds
  • Description: North Sky Capital is an independent registered investment advisor that was established in 2000 to provide tailored private investment solutions to investors. North Sky Capital specializes in alternative investment management and currently has more than $850 million in assets under management. The firm is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Pay: North Sky offers competitive pay.
  • Responsibilities: North Sky Capital is seeking an analyst intern to work with the group's private equity fund of funds investment team. Internship would start late May/early June 2015 and run through mid/late August 2015. The analyst's duties include:
    • researching industries and companies,
    • valuation analysis,
    • participating in meetings with private equity firms,
    • monitoring existing investments,
    • analyzing potential fund and company investments,
    • supporting the firm's marketing and client relations efforts, and
    • special projects
  • Qualifications:Candidates must have a keen interest in finance and investments, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, good judgment and initiative, high level of professionalism, ability to work in a fast-paced team environment, outstanding organizational skills and strong analytical abilities. Candidates must be graduating with a bachelor's degree between December 2015 and July 2016. A major in finance, economics or accounting is strongly preferred.
  • If interested, submit your résumé and cover letter to: Brennan Plaetzer, Senior Associate, North Sky Capital, 33 South Sixth Street, Suite 4646 Minneapolis, MN 55402, Ph. 612-435-7156, e-mail: by March 15, 2015.
  • Posted: Feb. 20, 2015

  • Position: Analyst & Auditor Positions - Union Pacific Railroad (Note: Qualified applicants will be considered for both positions and will interview with each respective department. Placement will be determined at the time of job offer.)
  • Description: Are you a creative problem solver with strong analytical skills? Union Pacific Railroad is looking for high-energy, hard-working individuals who value teamwork and are dedicated to making a difference in the transportation industry. Union Pacific loves thinking smart, innovating and moving fast to solve problems. Join the Finance team and help revolutionize the way Union Pacific builds America.
  • Location: Omaha, Nebraska
  • Primary Responsibilities:
    • Analyst - As an Analyst, you will have the opportunity to work in payroll, accounts payable, revenue accounting, property and contract billing, financial reporting, financial control or financial review. 
      1. Lead, manage and conduct qualitative and quantitative analyses on a variety of business issues 
      2. Develop recommendations and strategies involving marketing, operating, legal, real estate, corporate, financial, accounting and/or strategic issues 
      3. Analyze revenue and payment process and operating routines to ensure the integrity of financial reporting 
      4. Identify expense reduction or cash recovery opportunities 
      5. Safeguard the Company's assets by monitoring compliance with established policies and procedures, analyzing financial and/or operating data, or enhancing systems or processes
    • Auditor - As an Auditor, you will be a member of Union Pacific's internal audit staff. You will determine the accuracy of records, evaluate the adequacy of controls and procedures, and independently assess the overall effectiveness of operations across the broad spectrum of the organization. 
      1. Conduct periodic fraud risk assessments and investigations 
      2. Perform an annual assessment of the Company's internal controls over financial reporting in accordance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act 
      3. Document and update Union Pacific's enterprise risk management (ERM) framework 
      4. Routinely assesses the effectiveness and sustainability of ERM mitigating controls and processes 
      5. Exam and verify the accuracy and completeness of records 
      6. Recognize and recommend opportunities for cost savings or revenue improvements
  • Qualifications:
    • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Business or Management Information Systems 
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA, transcripts required 
    • Strong analytical skills and a well-rounded business perspective 
    • Excellent communications skills (written and oral) and demonstrate the ability to respond clearly and concisely to technical and financial questions 
    • Successful completion of the CPA or CIA exams is encouraged but not required. 
    • Travel will be required as an Financial Auditor.
  • Applications accepted until: Friday, Feb. 20, 2015
  • For more information, visit the Union Pacific's Careers page:
  • Posted: Feb. 16, 2015

  • Position: Investment Analyst - Department: Portfolio Management - Minneapolis Investment Center
  • Description: The Investment Analyst is an entry level position supporting the Trading Group, with expectation for advancement. Parametric is a Seattle-based investment management firm focused on the delivery of rules-based, risk-controlled investment strategies, including alpha-seeking equity, alternative and options strategies, as well as implementation services including customized equity, traditional overlay and centralized portfolio management. Parametric is a majority-owned subsidiary of Eaton Vance with investment centers in Seattle, WA, Minneapolis, MN and Westport, CT. Parametric is a majority-owned subsidiary of Eaton Vance Corp., one of the world's most dynamic global asset management companies.
  • Location: 3600 Minnesota Drive, Suite 325, Edina, MN 55435
  • Primary Responsibilities:
    • Produce daily investment management reports used by portfolio managers to trade existing accounts.
    • Coordinate with custodial banks to receive accurate account information.
    • Maintain and update multiple proprietary databases.
    • Identify ways to improve efficiency, client satisfaction, and risk control.
    • Aid research projects as requested by portfolio managers and clients.
    • Create client performance summaries.
    • Assist in performance reviews with clients.
    • Extensive ongoing account audit responsibility.
    • Communicate accurately and clearly with clients and related parties.
    • Undertake professional development such as the CFA program.
    • Additional responsibilities will be assigned based upon analyst skill set and firm needs.
  • Qualifications:
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Must possess a strong desire to work in investment management.
    • This is an entry level position and prior investment experience is not required.
    • Strong computer, mathematical and analytical skills are required.
    • Must be a self-starter with excellent quantitative and communication skills.
  • If you plan on pursuing the CFA and has a high G.P.A., send your résumé to or submit it online via the link:
  • For more information about the company, visit or contact Connor Lem, Investment Analyst, at or Ph. 952-767-9300.
  • Posted: Jan. 20, 2015

Spring 2015 Speaker Series

March 5: Panel Discussion, “Doing Business Across Cultures”
Panelists: Claudia Schabel, Matthew Mitchell, Kavilash Chawla, Barbara McKenzie, Renee Schaaf
Location: Aliber 101
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Matthew Mitchell, Assistant Professor of International Business and Strategy at Drake, is an author, consultant, executive editor of the journal International Business: Research, Teaching, and Practice, and the chair of the largest national chapter of the Academy of International Business.

Kavilash Chawla is an international finance and strategy expert whose career is focused on the productive deployment of mission and values driven capital in growth markets, with regional expertise in the MENA region. Chawla’s sector expertise include Islamic finance, impact investing, SME development, and social entrepreneurship.

Barb McKenzie, Senior Executive Director - COO & Boutique Operations at Principal Global Investors, LLC, is responsible for three boutiques: Principal Global Equities, Edge Asset Management and Morley Financial Services, Inc. In addition, she is responsible for the development and efficient operation of business processes to facilitate the growth of the firm globally.

Renee V. Schaaf, Vice President - Strategic Planning and Business Development for Principal International, is responsible for advancement of PI member companies’ strategic planning and business development, including product, marketing, distribution and customer experience.

Claudia Schabel, a Brazil native, is a Diversity Consultant with DuPont Pioneer providing services and employee engagement process support while developing and maintaining strong working relationships with business managers. She also designs and implements diversity strategies that impact attraction and retention of talent.

March 25: Willy Mafuta
Topic: Religion, Race and Identity: The Role of the Churches in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Location: Meredith 101
Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Willy Mafuta was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He received an undergraduate degree in theology from the L’Universite Protestante du Congo as well as from the University of the Witswatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He earned a Masters degree in Theology and Biblical Studies at Wheaton College in Chicago, IL and a Masters degree in International Development from the University of Iowa. Willy holds a doctorate degree in Theology and Ethics (Th.D) from the University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa and he is in the process of completing his Ph.D in Religious Studies from the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada In addition, Willy was a visiting scholar at the University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa and has taught classes in theology, Global Systems and Religion and Politics. He also holds a certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education from the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

April 3: Sonia Nazario
Topic: Enrique's Journey and America's Children Immigration Dilemma
Location: Meredith 101
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
(12:30pm lecture will be in English; there will also be a Spanish language discussion of her book La travesia de Enrique in Meredith 229, 2:00pm-2:30pm)

Sonia Nazario has spent more than 20 years reporting and writing about large social issues in the U.S.--hunger, drug addiction, and immigration. Her story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the U.S., entitled Enrique’s Journey / La travesía de Enrique, won more than a dozen awards, among them the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing, the George Polk Award for International Reporting, the Grand Prize of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and the National Assn. of Hispanic Journalists Guillermo Martinez-Marquez Award for Overall Excellence. In her book, Nazario provides a provocative look at one of the most vulnerable populations amongst us: children who come to the US illegally and alone.

April 8: Keynote Speaker: Dr. Samir Koirala, MBBS, MSc
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 1:00 p.m.

Dr. Koirala is an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology (CADE) Division of ADPER and Environmental Health, Bureau of Family Health, HPCDP Iowa Department of Public Health. He will provide a keynote address on the Ebola crisis and his experience working on this problem in West Africa.

April 8: Panel on Careers/Masters in (Global) Public Health
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: TBA

April 10-11: 2nd Annual Nelson Institute Undergraduate Conference on Global Affairs
Sponsor: Nelson Institute for Diplomacy and International Affairs at Drake

Faculty/Student registration at:

Friday, April 10 (Meredith 106)
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Conference Registration
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Citizen Diplomacy Group Exercise
6:30 – 7:15 p.m. Dinner Social with International Appetizers
7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Keynote Address (open to public) by John Owen, University of Virginia (

Saturday, April 11 (Medbury Lounge)
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 1:15 p.m. Student panels
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Sit down/buffet lunch

Luncheon Speaker: Iowa Representative Zachary Nunn served as the Director of Cybersecurity Policy on the National Security Council, White House, where he helped author two Presidential Policy Directives on cyber response options for the US Government. A career intelligence officer, Nunn stood-up the Director on National Intelligence's Counter-Intelligence Office for Cyber.

April 15: Kivanc Ulusoy
Topic: Turkey's foreign policy, Middle East, energy discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean, and/or the Cyprus issue
Location: Meredith 101
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Kivanc Ulusoy is an associate professor of political science at Istanbul University. He was previously a Fulbright Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, a Jean Monnet Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence, and a Fellow at the Madrid Diplomatic School. His areas of research include regime change and democratization, Turkish politics and Turkey-EU relations, and Spanish politics.

April 16: Tamara Albertini, Professor of Philosophy and Director of Undergraduate Certificate in Islamic Studies, University of Hawai’i
Love Is to Renounce Naming the Beloved: Muslim Mystic al-Rabi'a and Her Teaching of the Ineffable
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center

Time: 7:00 p.m.

The female Muslim mystic, Rabi'a al-'Adawiyya (d. 801), is widely considered one of the most influential mystics of Sufism. Almost exclusively, she redirected the early spirit of Sufism away from the path of austere asceticism and toward the path of divine love. Dr. Albertini's illustrated lecture will analyze Rabi'a's mystical poetry with respect to her struggle to express an ineffable love for Allah.

Dr. Tamara Albertini was raised in North Africa where she learned Arabic and attended Qur'anic classes. Later, she obtained a Lic.phil. from the University of Basel (Switzerland) and a Dr.phil. from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich (Germany) in Islamic and Renaissance studies. Her many publications aim at reintroducing the vigor and vision of Muslim intellectual contributions from the classical period. Since 9/11, she speaks widely on Islamic Fundamentalism, Women and Islam, and Islamic Law.

April 28: Guoguang Wu
Topic: Chinese politics
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Guoguang Wu is a Professor of History and Political Science at the University of Victoria. He received his BA from Peking University, MA from the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, MA, and PhD from Princeton University. Before joining the University of Victoria in 2004, Wu was an Associate Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he taught for eight years. Dr. Wu's research interests cover institutional change, political economy, globalization, elite politics, media and politics, and foreign policy and regional security, with empirical references to China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. He is author, co-author, and editor of 21 books in English or Chinese. Originally from China, Wu once worked as an editorialist for the People's Daily in Beijing, and participated in political reform of China in the 1980s in the capacity of a policy advisor and speechwriter to the national leadership.

Thursday, April 30, 7:00 p.m.
Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center

Philosophizing Ineffability: Comparative Reflections on Our 2013-2015 Theme and Events
Timothy Knepper, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Leah Kalmanson, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Drake University


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