What kind of career can you get with language skills? As the alumni profiles below demonstrate, language study can take you just about anywhere!

Russian Professor

Peter Orte standing in front of tree wearing blue button down shirt.

Peter Orte, ‘19

Majored in: Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Language: Russian

Dr. Peter Orte, who graduated from the REEES M.A. program in 2019 and also holds a doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will be teaching in the Russian program at Colby College in historic Waterville, ME for the 2021-22 academic year. Prior to assuming this position, Peter taught Russian for two years at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Teacher, English as a Second Language

Katerina Campbell

Katerina Campbell, '16

Majored in: Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Language: Russian

Katerina has already taken her degree to the very place that she intended: Russia. She has used her degree to gain teaching  experience in the heart of the capital, Moscow, teaching English as a second language to Russian natives. Her next step will be to acquire a CELTA (Certificate in  English Language Teaching to Adults) and she plans to use this certification to pursue  teaching assignments in Germany and Japan. She has also held a position as a lab assistant working on Russian transcriptions,  and ultimately aims to become a Russian translator and interpreter.

Program Manager, National Democratic Institute

Kristina Jeffers

Kristina Jeffers, '09

Majored in: Political Science, Russian
Language: Russian

Kristina has been with the National Democratic Institute, a DC-based international development organization supporting democratic actors and institutions abroad, for 10 years. As a program officer, she oversaw parliamentary strengthening, civil society development, and election monitoring projects in Georgia and Moldova. In her current role, she manages programming in Ukraine, one of the most pivotal countries in the organization’s portfolio. She served for three years in the Peace Corps in Ukraine and received a Masters of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University.