Jordyn Arndt '11

French, International Business and Economics

St. Kate’s prepares students to lead and influence. I thrived in the supportive atmosphere and strengthened my commitment to pursue a career that would have an economic and social impact.

Hometown

Farmington, Minnesota

Why St. Kate's?

"I was not initially interested in attending a women’s college. However, after visiting the campus, discovered that St. Kate’s resonated with me more than other colleges I was considering. I was drawn to the school’s commitment to the liberal arts, women’s education, and ethical leadership. The compelling data underscoring the value of women’s colleges – 20% of women in Congress and 30% of rising women in corporate America attended women’s colleges while only 2% of American female college graduates attend women’s schools – helped solidify my decision."

Building Experience

Jordyn declared her majors in French, International Business and Economics during her first year. However, her career plans shifted as she delved deeper into her coursework. She describes how her economics courses equipped her with the skills to understand basic economic principles and theories; analyze economic issues from different perspectives; and appreciate economics as a way of thinking. They went beyond textbook supply and demand curves and explored real-world applications of economic theory, often from the unique perspectives of women and other marginalized groups.

This influenced Jordyn’s interest in the impact of international economic policy on women. She became increasingly interested in economic development and growth, and in particular the impact of multi-national corporations on local communities. This led her to pursue research on women and garment manufacturing in an International Trade class at St. Kate’s and later as a study abroad student in Morocco. During her senior year, she was selected as one of 36 students worldwide to present her research at Education Without Borders, an international student conference in Dubai.

Shortly after graduating from St. Kate’s, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to continue her research of women in garment manufacturing in Morocco. She describes this as an incredible opportunity to transform desk research into primary research, in partnership with local stakeholders.

Today

Jordyn is a Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Department of State. She serves on the Internet Freedom and Business and Human Rights team in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. She attributes her success, in part, to her strong academic foundation and early exposure to career opportunities at St. Kate’s. Her first year seminar – The Reflective Woman (TRW) – instructor encouraged her to apply to the PLEN Women in Global Policy Seminar in Washington, DC to learn about careers in international affairs. Thanks to a scholarship from the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women, Jordyn attended the seminar and became inspired to one day work at the U.S. Department of State.

St. Kate’s also instilled in Jordyn the importance of supporting women’s networks. She avidly volunteers for organizations advancing women’s professional development, from serving as the Secretary of PrimeTime in Singapore to reviewing resumes for students attending PLEN Seminars in Washington, DC. She also frequently connects with St. Kate’s students pursuing careers in international affairs to help students achieve their goals and realize the school’s mission to educate women to lead and influence.

TEXT UPDATED FEBRUARY 18, 2019 BY JORDYN ARNDT '11