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Oregon State Grow Your Career Series:

Oregon to D.C.: Seeking Careers in the Nation’s Capital

On Demand - Access Anytime

Launching your career in Washington, D.C.?

The D.C area features many opportunities in different fields such as science, engineering, political science, economics, data science, and computer science—in both the public and private sectors.

The webinar will detail critical steps to achieve your goals. You will learn specifics about job searching in the nation’s capital with OSU alumni Brian Collins and Ian Nicholson. 

Webinar Highlights:

By the end of the webinar, you will:

  1. Learn about the types of job opportunities available in Washington, D.C.
  2. Understand how to successfully search for a job in D.C., what approaches to take and the many paths to career success
  3. Networking strategies and getting your materials right the first time

OSU Alumni Association Alumni Career Services and OSU WorkSpace are excited to partner in creating webinars that give you the tools to conquer every transition on your professional path.

Webinar Cohosts:

Brian Collins


Brian Collins ’06 currently serves as an OSU alumni career ambassador and as a research team lead at the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service in Crystal City, VA, where leads the Commission’s efforts on civil service modernization. Previously, Brian worked for Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, where he worked on health care and long-term care financing, retirement security, disability, budget, and tax issues.

Brian has also worked at education and health care trade associations. Brian grew up in Corvallis and has an undergraduate degree in business and a master of public policy degree from Oregon State University.


Ian Nicholson

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Ian Nicholson ’09 began his professional career interning on Capitol Hill for Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Max Baucus (D-MT) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) when she chaired the Senate Small Business Committee. In 2010, Ian assumed a full-time role in the Government Affairs office for Target Corporation. In 2011, he worked at the Democratic think tank, Third Way, before rejoining Senator Wyden's team in January 2013.


Ian's been a member of "Team Wyden" for the past 6.5 years, starting on the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee before transitioning to the Senate Finance Committee as Senator Wyden assumed the chairmanship. Ian is currently an investigator on the Finance Committee's oversight team. Its work covers public and private sector issues under the Committee's jurisdiction (namely tax, trade, health, Social Security & human services). Ian is also the lead staff handling executive branch nominations that come before Finance. He completed his MPP at George Mason University's Schar School of Policy & Government in May 2017.

Ian’s originally from Albany, Oregon and a proud alum of Oregon State University (2009). He majored in Political Science with minors in Spanish and U.S. History.


Yuliya Dennis


Yuliya Dennis is the director of alumni career services at Oregon State University (OSU) Alumni Association and manages and oversees career programs for over 200,000 OSU alumni. OSU alumni career programs offers a diverse suite of programs to support alumni career success.

Yuliya also serves as the Assistant Vice President of Mentor Programs for Alumni Career Services Network (ACSN).  She was the receipt of the 2019 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Rising Star award for her work in alumni relations. Yuliya received her BA in History, and her M.Ed in College Student Services Administration from OSU. She is eager to share her knowledge of what it takes to career transition successfully. 

Her motto is: Engage in what matters and support others in engaging in what matters to them.



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This webinar is brought to you by Oregon State University's Alumni Association and Professional and Continuing Education.

The Alumni Association provides alumni with a variety of career development resources. WorkSpace offers Oregon State short courses and certificates nationally and internationally, which can help in obtaining a promotion or starting in a new field. 

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