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Sheila Koohpai

Sheila Koohpai

Master's Public Diplomacy Graduate Student

Syracuse University

New York, NY

I am a public diplomacy graduate student at Syracuse University and study International Relations and Public Relations at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Newhouse School of Communications. I have held numerous positions in varying departments such as Technology, Business Development, Political Analyst Assistant ...

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Associated Students of Loyola Marymount University (ASLMU),

Director of Special Events; Former Director of Social Justice

- Plans philanthropic, service-oriented, social-justice related, community events that promote awareness of and seek solutions. These programs are high in attendance and highly publicized. Handles a budget of over $30,000.
- Head coordinator for the 4 main University's events (brought over 3,000 students), 2 student debate panels (2012 elections), 2 banquets, and 5 student activities. Oversees the Special Events Committee of 25 members.
- Facilitate the weekly meetings, distribute tasks, and appoint leadership positions to the committee members. Communicates with off-campus vendors, movie directors, various student organizations, on campus and the Westchester Community.

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The Levo League

Business Development Intern; Social Media Strategist; West Coast College Ambassador

- Expedite personal and professional networks as the first professional network designed to inspire and enable Gen Y women to build amazing careers. Sources 100+ student leaders and top prospects.
- Manages and plans Post-Grad Career Workshops (professional speakers, interning and networking opportunities). Administers upcoming Levo events in the NYC and West Coast are (LocalLEVO events) with investors and young professionals. Regulates the websites Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as brainstorming strategic methods to accelerate Levo’s growth. Leader of the The Levo League re-launch Facebook campaign with Yes To Carrots Company. Increased site’s traffic by at least 50 percent.

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Octagon Entertainment

Business/Marketing/Event Management Intern

- Organized business projects, event management and entertainment marketing for clients of music, journalists/reporters and personality. Communicated with business partners such as CNN, FOX, NBC studios, ABC studios.
- Overseer of the intern business project group (25+ interns); solution/proposal report to Octagon’s Managing Director, John Ferriter. Coordinate events in Greater Los Angeles area, such as the Los Angeles CNN Convention for Piers Morgan.

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William H. Hannon Library - Loyola Marymount University

Research Assistant; Information Commons

- Directed undergraduate, graduate students and faculty with research analysis using LIB database network: JSTOR, ProQuest, Project Muse. Edited over 200 student research projects.
- Assisted faculty members (15+) with course research and syllabus material – edited and reviewed publications on microfinance, economic and political policies, and multinational corporations.
- Experienced in graduate research by locating over 50 academic materials on print and the internet, some of which were obscure texts that were difficult to find. Conducted proposals, monthly and annual reports.
- Wrote monthly newsletter briefings for LMU Library Network and Alumni Network. Controlled IC computers and trouble shoot problems with hardware and software.

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Emily Thornberry MP – Constituency and Westminster Office

Labour Party Research Assistant

- Awarded the William Fitzgerald Scholarship to intern with a Member of Parliament.
- Drafted Parliamentary testimonies, hearings and letters on behalf of MP Emily Thornberry to her constituents and Islington community. Participated and in association meetings on social welfare issues, including child abuse, childcare, homelessness, domestic violence, low-income housing placement.
- Operated European Union policy research; developed the computerized database system for the House of Common/House of Lords member profiles. Coordinate volunteer efforts/outreach for by-election Labor Party campaigns in the Islington and Westminster district.

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Loyola Marymount University

Bachelor of Arts , Political Science

Syracuse University

Masters in Public Diplomacy , International Relations and Public Relations