Danielle W. Johns, B.A. 2010

Analytical Lead; Google – San Francisco, CA

2010 Major: International Comparative Studies, Spanish Latin American and Brazilian Studies; Political Science minor

How has being an ICS graduate from Duke helped shape you personally and/or professionally?

"The ICS major's interdisciplinary focus and cross-cultural components helped with my critical thinking skills and being able to understand concepts from different perspectives and using different methodologies. These were critical skills for me to have in my professional life as I worked across different industries and primarily in roles requiring strong research and analysis skills. Additionally, I chose this major knowing that I wanted to have a more internationally-focused career and lead a more global life. Having a strong language and global studies foundation allowed me to work in roles more focused on LATAM and the Caribbean, work with global companies, and more easily work across different international timezones. Lastly, I can travel globally with more ease because of my multilingualism and global awareness."

What advice would you give students in Duke's International Comparative Studies programs? 

"When I was starting in this major and thinking about what to do after college, I found myself hearing from many people who worked for the US federal government, in the foreign service, or in international law. I worked across those areas for a bit myself, but then took a different route in part by choice and in part because of the nature of the job market. I might go back to that work, but that's something I'll be considering around 5 years from now. There are more areas where this degree can be useful such as finance and tech, where I work now, to name a few, so I would suggest considering options beyond those that have more clearcut connections. I would also strongly suggest adding more quantitative coursework, beyond economics, because of how technology has been impacting all industries more and more."

Danielle W. Johns