Amanda Thoet

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Amanda Thoet

Graduation Year: 2015
Majors: English, Communication Arts and Sciences
Current Job: Business Development Associate, Tetra Tech DPK
Location: San Francisco, CA
Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor

Amanda Thoet, a 2015 College of the Liberal Arts graduate, currently resides in San Francisco where she works for Tetra Tech DPK. While at Penn State, she majored in English and communication arts and sciences with minors in German and rhetoric. As an undergraduate, Thoet danced in THON 2015 and was the president of the Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society and vice president of the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Council. She was also active in various other organizations across Penn State.

After graduating from Penn State, Thoet moved to Leipzig, Germany where she served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. Following her Fulbright grant, she worked at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin as a speechwriter for the U.S. Ambassador. After living in Germany for a year, she relocated to Washington, DC, to complete her master’s degree at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with a concentration in international diplomacy. While completing her graduate studies over the past two years, she had the unique opportunities to learn from Secretary Madeleine Albright and many former and current foreign policy professionals, ambassadors, and diplomats, as well as to work for Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of International Relations, the German American Chamber of Commerce, and the German American Business Council.

After graduating from Georgetown this past May, she moved to the Bay Area to start a job as a business development associate at Tetra Tech DPK in San Francisco. Her current position involves providing cross-cutting support for executing business and proposal development initiatives to help developing and transitioning societies and governments navigate the challenges of modernization and democratization.

Amanda Thoet has remained an active Liberal Arts alumna throughout her time living in Germany; Washington, DC; Denver; and San Francisco. While she was living in Germany, she stayed engaged through serving as a mentor to Penn State Fulbright applicants and speaking on panels virtually. Upon moving back to the States, she became active in local Penn State Alumni Chapters in Washington, DC; Denver; and San Francisco. Last fall, she was invited by the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures to speak on campus at the Career Booster Event in conjunction with the Goethe Institute, and also became a Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor.

Thoet tells future Liberal Arts graduates to “follow your passion and never underestimate the power of a Liberal Arts education from Penn State. Stay in contact with the college and Penn State community; it will open more doors for you than you could have ever imagined!”


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