Kroc to Launch New Course, New Efforts for Career-Building

Author: Renée LaReau

The Kroc Institute is strengthening its efforts to prepare master’s in peace studies students for the international job market and to advance their careers in peace and justice.  

This effort, which includes a new course, leadership education, career placement activities and networking opportunities, provides students with vital tools and skills for launching successful careers in public policy, political change, organizational management or conflict analysis and transformation, said Theresa Ricke-Kiely, associate director of the master’s program.  

“We aim to prepare our students not only for their next job, but for a lifetime of high-impact professional work and advancement around the world.” 

Ricke-Kiely, who joined the Kroc Institute in early 2013 from Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, has created a year-long course for first-year master’s students that focuses exclusively on professional development. The course trains students in self-assessment, strategic communication, job-seeking skills, conflict resolution and use of technology for career growth.  

“It will be a team effort that engages alumni, non-governmental organizations, professors, and professionals from around the world,” she said. 

“Our students have been asking for this kind of engagement,” Ricke-Kiely said. “It’s exciting to be able to help them create a name for themselves, find rewarding work in their field, and change the world.”

Contact: Theresa Ricke-Kiely, 574-631-5130,