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Neuroscience uses tools from a wide variety of disciplines—psychology, anatomy, electrophysiology, molecular biology, medicine, pharmacology and biochemistry—to provide needed scientific breakthroughs for the millions of people affected by neurologic illnesses.

The PhD in Neuroscience program includes research training areas reflecting GW faculty expertise, which includes neural development, sensory processing behavior, neurodevelopmental disorders, fetal and pre-term brain injury and PTSD. Research in these areas is carried out at the basic and clinical levels, employing cutting-edge techniques, including neuronal tracing and imaging to visualize the cellular and molecular organization of the brain; electrophysiology, chemogenetics and optogenetics to understand circuit dynamics. Faculty are drawn from the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, including scientists from Children’s National Hospital. The  DC Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Center (IDDRC)  offers core facilities, seminars and events available to graduate students.

The PhD in Neuroscience begins with the interdisciplinary coursework in molecular, cellular, and systems biology and research rotations offered through GW’s  Integrated Biomedical Sciences curriculum . In the second and third semester students add a comprehensive introduction to the conceptual and experimental underpinnings of neuroscience. Further electives, career development coursework in scientific writing, oral communication, and research ethics and laboratory rotations are provided. Following required laboratory rotations, students complete a grant-style qualifier and then work with their research advisor and the Graduate Program Directors to complete remaining Neuroscience degree requirements, including the research dissertation.

PhD programs in the biomedical sciences are designed to meet key goals in contemporary graduate research education including 1) discipline-specific knowledge, 2) research skill development, 3) research communication skills, 4) research leadership, 5) research professionalism, and prepare graduates for a variety of science careers.

Neuroscience Courses:

NRSC 8283: Current Topics in Neuroscience NRSC 8284: Conceptual and Experimental Neuroscience PHAR 8281 Molecular Pharmacology & Neurobiology of Excitable Tissues NRSC 8998: Advanced Reading and Research

Some Suggested Electives:

ANAT 6160: Clinically Oriented Human Neuroanatomy ANAT 6130: Clinically Oriented Human Embryology ANAT 6182: Fundamentals of Regenerative Biology and Systems Physiology Courses in genomics, bioinformatics, immunology and pharmacology are also available

Seminars/Journal Clubs:

Seminars  from visiting scientists are held mid-day Thursdays at locations alternating between GW and CNH.

Examples of Recent Neuroscience PhD Dissertations:

Kristy Ortega Johnson (2021) “Activity-Dependent Mechanisms of Visual Map Formation & Alignment”. Mentor Jason Triplett. Diversity supplement, IBRO Travel award, Bouchet Honor Society (Now Project Manager, Vigene Biosciences)

Jiaqi J. O’Reilly (2020) “Placental Neurosteroid Disruption in Preterm Birth: Impact on GABAergic Signaling in the Somatosensory Cortex”. Mentor Anna Penn/ Irene Zohn. F31 award (Now postdoctoral researcher, Columbia University, NY)

Graduate Program Directors:

Matthew T Colonnese, PhD Department. of Pharmacology & Physiology Ross Hall George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences [email protected]

Jason Triplett, PhD Associate Professor of Pediatrics Children’s National Research Institute George Washington University [email protected]

How to apply  to the IBS and Neuroscience PhD program

For IBS Application Questions contact Colleen Kennedy ( [email protected] ), IBS Program Manager

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Doctor of Philosophy in the Field of Cognitive Neuroscience (STEM)

The PhD in cognitive neuroscience program trains students to become rigorous, creative, collaborative, methodologically strong, and independent scientists. The focus of our program is on acquiring the necessary research skills by working directly with leading scientists in their corresponding areas of expertise. The required coursework is tailored to fit the student's research interests and is geared toward practical application of academic knowledge. Program graduates leave positioned for successful careers in either academia or industry.

The cognitive neuroscience PhD program curriculum offers an intense, focused research experience in areas such as perception, attention, memory, and social decision making, with an emphasis on the neural bases of these capacities. Students use diverse research methods throughout their studies, including patient-based testing, neuroimaging, computational modeling, behavioral techniques, and big data. The program emphasizes faculty–student collaboration through joint research projects.

Students benefit from GW’s Washington, DC, location in close proximity to the National Institutes of Health and other major research institutions. On campus, GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences and its associated teaching hospital are also great resources for cognitive neuroscience research, with their intensive Neuroscience Program and world-class Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Neuroradiology.

This is a STEM designated program.

Visit the program website for additional information.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Office of Graduate Studies The George Washington University 801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall 107 Washington DC 20052

For additional information about the admissions process visit the Columbian College  of Arts and Sciences  Frequently Asked Questions  page.

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School of Health Graduate Students’ Approach to Health Care Delivery Informed by Their Diverse Backgrounds

Top Image: In 2023, Jayla Romain (G’24) traveled to Brazil with a group of Master of Science in Health Systems Administration students to study health care systems in the country as part of the comparative health systems global experience offered by the program. On the trip, she addressed students and faculty at Centro Universitário Dinâmica das Cataratas in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil.

(May 11, 2024) — Graduate students in the next two cohorts of Georgetown’s Master of Science in Health Systems Administration ( MHSA ) come to the program with diverse working backgrounds in the health care sector — from nursing, law and global health non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Their varied experiences inform their approaches to improving health care delivery.

The two-year graduate program requires incoming students to have full-time work experience of one to five years in the health care sector. Courses cover a range of topics, including financial management, health politics and policy, population health analytics and data visualization. Over spring break, students can participate in an optional comparative health systems global experience, which provides the opportunity to travel to other countries to visit health care delivery sites, engage with health system leaders, and participate in team-based activities. Destinations have included Singapore, Seoul, South Korea and Brazil.

The cohort size of each MHSA class remains small — around a dozen — and upon completion of the program most graduates find employment with hospitals and health systems, although some of the 400 MHSA alumni to date have pursued careers in consulting firms and federal agencies.

Bringing the Voice of Frontline Workers to Hospital Administrative Offices

Jayla Romain (G’24) graduated with her Bachelor of Science in nursing in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. For the past 3 ½ years, she has worked as a bedside nurse at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Jayla Romain

Jayla Romain (G’24)

Romain initially thought she would go to graduate school to become a nurse practitioner, but instead chose to pursue her MHSA degree because she felt more people in hospital administrator roles should have frontline health care delivery experience.

“Working beside through COVID was an eye-opening experience, and I noticed a gap between hospital administrators and nurses on the frontline when it came to decisions about care delivery, supply chain questions, and operations,” said Romain. “I want to bridge that gap and use my education to make an impact to advocate for nurses and frontline staff, and help make decisions at a systems level.”

Romain chose Georgetown for her studies because the MHSA program combined a global health perspective with business and health care studies. She also appreciates the small class size and variety of backgrounds of her peers, who all contribute to classroom conversations based on their own experiences.

“As a nursing student, my classes were very clinically focused and I didn’t have the chance to take classes involving management strategy or reimbursement policy,” said Romain. “I’ve really enjoyed my classes and found the policy discussions so interesting to engage with.”

Romain opted to participate in the comparative health systems global experience for the past two years, visiting both Brazil and South Korea to study their health systems.

“I’ve learned that even though other countries’ health systems look different, we still struggle with similar issues, like workforce shortages and rural health care access,” said Romain. “The main difference is that we are a multipayer system, whereas both Brazil and South Korea have single-payer systems. With this, we see drastic differences in health care delivery costs. The U.S. is often looked up to for its diversity and complexity of care delivery, while we often admire other countries’ cost-containment methods.”

After graduating this month, Romain will start an administrative fellowship with Inova, based in northern Virginia. As part of her yearlong fellowship, she will rotate through various administrative departments in the hospital system, including finance, supply chain and managerial staff.

Studying the Intersection of Law and Health Care

While in law school two years ago, Thomas Levu (G’24) became interested in learning more about the intersection of law and health care.

Thomas Levu

Thomas Levu (G’24)

“In my law clinic, I worked with clients who were denied health coverage and health services,” said Levu. “I worked with clients to learn what legal remedies they had in accessing services and learned so much about how our health care system in the United States works by doing so.”

Levu was drawn to Georgetown to pursue his MHSA degree in part because of the program’s focus on experiential learning. He was awarded the Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)/Judy Baar Topinka Scholarship for Health Policy during his first year of the program. The scholarship recognizes a graduate student focusing on health policy who exemplifies hard work, ethical leadership and perseverance.

“I attended the national CAHME conference to receive the award, where I learned a lot about different innovations in health care,” said Levu. While the conference is mainly attended by health care executives, he noted that Christopher King, PhD, MHsc, FACHE, dean of the School of Health, was there and connected with Levu.

The class that stuck with Levu from his MHSA studies was a financial management course that pushed students to consider what they could accomplish with limited financial resources. “We were thinking through how far a hospital system could push their financial limits to serve the community with health care needs,” said Levu.

For his MHSA capstone research project, Levu circled back to his interest in law and health care by creating a uniform guide for hospitals and health care systems to implement medical-legal partnerships. As part of his research, Levu conducted interviews with individuals involved with medical-legal partnerships from Georgetown’s Health Justice Alliance, Whitman-Walker and the Suffolk Health Law Clinic.

“A patient could be presenting with a chronic respiratory illness and a physician realizes that the condition can’t really be addressed unless a mold issue in a person’s home is fixed,” said Levu. “There’s a good amount of research that shows once access to social benefits like housing are cut off, it leads to a person to seek more health care services. A legal remedy could exist that could help the person’s health.”

Levu presented his work on medical-legal partnerships in April to administrators at the Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC. He hopes to work as in-house counsel for a health care system after graduation.

Improving Care, Improving Access

Madison Harbin (G’25), who is in her first year of the MHSA program, knew she always wanted to work in health care. She started working at a pharmacy in high school and also worked as a patient care tech at a local hospital while pursuing her undergraduate degree in health care management.

Madison Harbin

Madison Harbin (G’24)

“I was interested in trying to understand the patient side of care as well as learning about hospital operations during my time in undergrad,” said Harbin. One day after graduation, Harbin stumbled across an article on LinkedIn by King and told her parents she wanted to study at Georgetown.

“Dean King focuses on health equity and community needs,” said Harbin. “Listening to him and learning about caring for the whole person really showed how Georgetown was different from other schools.”

Harbin realized she needed more work experience in the health care sector before enrolling at Georgetown, so she worked first as a community outreach liaison at a hospital in Austin, Texas, and then as an executive focused on corporate relations with Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) based in Asheville, North Carolina.

Since starting the MHSA program last fall, Harbin has enjoyed meeting her classmates and learning about their varied backgrounds. “I’m glad Georgetown brings all of us together with different work experiences,” she said. “I enjoy hearing their input, because it makes me think in a different way — like hearing my classmate who worked in a clinical setting bring up something related to patient care and Medicare, which I wouldn’t have thought of initially.”

Harbin’s favorite class to date has been operations management. She is preparing to focus her capstone research project for the class on rural health care in the United States.

“I grew up in a small town in Alabama, where we had to drive an hour and half to find care for my grandfather after he experienced a stroke,” said Harbin. “I’m interested in learning about expanding access to health care, especially for stroke patients, in rural areas, possibly through the use of telemedicine.”

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A graduation message for psychology students, personal perspective: lessons on purpose, persistence, and community..

Posted May 9, 2024 | Reviewed by Monica Vilhauer

Last year, I delivered the graduation speech for Oregon State University's School of Psychological Science, and I think the message is even more relevant today.

Three lessons on purpose , persistence , and community can help you navigate life's next chapter. From psychological research, we know that facts and figures are less impactful than personal stories, so I’ll pepper in examples from my own experiences along the way.

Think back to why you decided to become a psychology major. Was it because of a desire to help people? An insatiable curiosity about human nature? To make a difference in people’s lives? For me, it was all of the above.

Kathleen Bogart

I have been interested in psychology ever since I was born. I was born with Moebius syndrome , a disability characterized by facial paralysis and the inability to move my eyes from side to side. At an early age, I understood that the way I communicated was unusual, that people were confused by my lack of facial expression. I became fascinated with communication and social interaction.

These interests led me to study psychology as a college student. Toward the end of my bachelor’s I set out to do my very first college term paper on Moebius syndrome. I showed up at the library expecting to find pages and pages of answers, but I discovered there was only a handful of psych papers published on it! This was bad news for two reasons: First, I didn’t have enough sources to write my term paper. Second, my chosen field had not included people like me.

I realized I was at a crossroads. I could give up and choose another path, or I could start developing the psychological knowledge in this area.

I chose the latter. I knew that I had the unique motivation and insight to grow this field. So I applied to graduate school—but the first time I applied, I was rejected from every single program.

Graduate training in psychology research follows a mentorship model, and because there were few psychologists studying disability, and few psychologists who had disabilities themselves, I struggled to find an advisor who was interested in this topic. Eventually, I found supportive allies to be my mentors. I was the speaker at my own PhD graduation ceremony, when my mentor Dr. Linda Tickle-Degnen hooded me. Just over 10 years later, I spoke at the graduation ceremony, where I am now a faculty member, and hooded my first disabled PhD student.

I've spent more than 15 years studying ableism, or prejudice toward people with disability. Nearly 20% of Americans have a disability, making it one of the largest minority groups in the U.S. And one that is now a little less underrepresented in psychology.

My experience made me acutely aware of the importance of finding purpose to live a fulfilling life. Personally, my work provides meaning by helping others with similar conditions and teaching students about a broader and more diverse swath of humanity.

I encourage you to find meaning in your work. It doesn’t have to be as entrenched in your identity as mine, and it doesn’t even have to be connected to you job. But find a field, a project, or a hobby in which you feel an intense curiosity, an excitement for learning, a passion for change, and it will drive you to persevere. Success will follow. Studies consistently show that individuals who find meaning and purpose in their work are more engaged, fulfilled, and resilient.

Purpose is your own personal mission statement. What is yours? It could be to love your fellow humans, it could be to help others. Prioritize actions that align with your mission.

Mine is to make the world a more inclusive place, using psychology!


The quote from Thomas Edison that "genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration" rings true to me. My successes are due to simple perseverance, as well as a lot of support (see lesson on community below). What keeps me going is that I find great personal meaning in my work.

My day-to-day work is not glamorous. I spend my time working with students or sitting alone in a room and writing. I make a commitment to write around the same time every day. Disabled advocate Cassie Winter calls this type of work “butt in chair time.” This simply means creating a consistent schedule to work on your priorities. Sometimes this means staring blankly and thinking through ideas; other times it means writing furiously in a flow state. My butt in chair time creates a sustainable pace, instead of falling into boom or bust cycles, and prevents burnout .

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Your work and hobbies may look different from mine. Swap butt in chair time to boots on the ground time, or whatever resonates with you. The point is, prioritize time to work on the things that matter to you.

Research links persistence with a growth mindset . It is important to note that the healthy kind of persistence involves flexibility, not ridged stubbornness. Albert Einstein said it well when he said “insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Failure is feedback that we can learn and grow from. Change your approach and try again.

For example, when I didn’t get into any graduate schools the first time around, I realized I needed to change my strategy. I studied for the GRE using a different approach and retook it. I also broadened my search to other areas of the country and applied to masters programs. I first got into a masters program, which gave me the opportunity to hone my skills. Then I was ready to move into my goal, a PhD program.

In college and graduate school, I ached for friends and role models who identified as disabled but found none. My experience made me acutely aware of the need for better representation of marginalized people in higher education .

Now, I teach a class at OSU on the Psychology of Disability, where I give students with and without disabilities an opportunity to see representation of this important minority group and its intersections. I also co-founded the Disability Advocacy Research Network ( DARN ), an organization for disabled psychologists and students to find the community that I didn’t have earlier in my career . Last year, I delivered the speech at OSU's first disability graduation ceremony. I am so heartened that the next generation will be better able to find community.

That brings me to my last piece of advice. Find your community, or create it: a place where you can be authentically you.

As you enter a new stage in life, community will become all the more important. Seek out mentors who can guide you. Likewise, you are now in a position where you could mentor people who are just entering college. Studies have shown that strong social connections contribute to resilience and overall life satisfaction. In creating them, we not only enrich our own lives but also create a ripple effect of support in the lives of those around us.

Kathleen R. Bogart Ph.D.

Kathleen Bogart, Ph.D. , is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Oregon State University. She researches the implications of living with disability, rare disorders, or facial differences.

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Title: 3 Inspiring Graduate Students in Georgetown University’s Class of 2024

It takes determination, fortitude and resilience to earn a graduate degree. This year, the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and Biomedical Graduate Education programs will celebrate 527 master’s and 72 doctoral graduates in the Class of 2024.

Meet three of those inspiring graduate students who embody different values of the Spirit of Georgetown .

Data Science Innovator

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Valeria Vera Lagos worked as a software engineer in Jalisco, M é xico before coming to Georgetown. She was interested in artificial intelligence and how it could be used to address social problems, particularly emotional abuse against Mexican women. After attempts to learn data science skills on her own, Vera Lagos decided she needed a more solid academic foundation.

She came to study in the U.S. with the support of the Fulbright García-Robles Scholarship . Georgetown’s Data Science and Analytics program caught her attention because of its reputation as a leader in the growing data science field and her specific interests in natural language processing. Throughout her two years at Georgetown, Vera Lagos has excelled both personally and professionally. 

With knowledge gained in the classroom, Vera Lagos successfully developed software to detect misogyny in Spanish on social media, which proved to be a useful testing ground for upcoming projects. This past March, she led a workshop for Stanford’s Women in Data Science Initiative discussing her software and natural language processing .

Outside the classroom, Vera Lagos is an ambassador with Google’s Women Techmakers , a global initiative that provides community for women in tech spaces. She also serves as a mentor in the Data Science and Analytics Mentorship program, which pairs second years with incoming students based on their common interests and goals. Vera Lagos said she enjoys giving back as a mentor because of the impact mentorship has made in her life as an international student and the impact it can make on women in the tech field, which has historically been more male-dominated. 

 “My mother has always been a role model for me. She taught me the value of being myself and focusing on my career and integrity,” says Vera Lagos. “I would encourage women to seek mentors and support groups. Sometimes being brave is insufficient, and asking for assistance is acceptable.”

Vera Lagos plans to continue her work this summer with two projects. One focuses on helping Ghanaian women overcome the English language barrier by promoting the use of other languages in AI, particularly native languages. The second focuses on sentiment detection involving politicians and charisma using large language models, a field that she hopes to pursue in the future.

Infectious Disease Scholar

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Matthew Boyce’s fascination with infectious diseases was sparked when he witnessed the spread of the West Nile virus as a kid. This led him to pursue a bachelor’s in integrative biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and then a master’s in Global Health at Duke University.

It was at Duke that Boyce attended a webinar in 2017 led by Dr. Rebecca Katz on pandemic preparedness. Feeling inspired, he emailed Dr. Katz for a job opportunity, which led to his work at Georgetown’s Center for Global Health Science & Security . Boyce worked for Dr. Katz for three years. This work, combined with his interest in policy and social sciences, led him to pursue the interdisciplinary doctoral degree in Global Infectious Disease at Georgetown full-time.

Through the program, Boyce worked with multiple international organizations, including the Global Parliament of Mayors, the Global Fund and the World Health Organization, and worked on projects in support of COVID-19 pandemic response efforts. Additionally, Boyce has published two edited volumes, written a dozen peer-reviewed articles and presented his scholarship at international meetings in Singapore, Switzerland and Sydney, Australia, to name a few. 

As he began the program during the pandemic, Boyce’s dissertation analyzed the different elements of the responses to the COVID-19 and mpox epidemics in cities around the world. Boyce hopes that his research will become a practical tool that helps prepare cities and our world for future infectious disease outbreaks.

“ There are three things I know for sure,” says Boyce. “We will see epidemics and pandemics in the future, our world will continue to become more urban and globalized, and there are practical ways for cities and local governments to engage with these issues and take the lead to address them.”

Looking ahead to the fall, Boyce is excited to start a new chapter as a tenure-track assistant professor at Texas A&M University in the Department of Health Policy and Management and as a faculty fellow at the USA Center for Rural Public Health Preparedness   – a highly unusual achievement for an early career scholar in the field of public health.

Educator for Others

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Fikayo Odugbemi was born and raised in Kwara, Nigeria. Through fieldwork with NGOs and venture capital firms, she experienced first-hand how low-income communities are disadvantaged in terms of growth when education isn’t embedded in the local community. Seeing this disparity, Odugbemi felt called to become a changemaker for accessible education.

“As someone who is always thinking about the injustices in the world, I put on my researcher hat to figure out what I could do and what role I could play to tip the scales in favor of low-income communities,” she said.

Odugbemi researched graduate programs that fit her interests and discovered Georgetown’s Master of Arts in Learning, Design, and Technology . The program’s mission to train educators through theory and real-world experiences aligned with her personal and spiritual calling to serve others. It has opened doors for her, from presenting original research at conferences to getting hands-on experience developing a student organization.

Odugbemi presented her research at Georgetown’s 2023 Teaching, Learning & Innovation Summer Institute and at the AAC&U’s 2024 Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Conference , where s he led a 60-minute discussion session with professor Yianna Vovides entitled, “Fostering Equitable and Inclusive Online Learning Environments: A Framework for Practical Implementation.” Vovides noted that Odugbemi’s research combines principles of inclusive and Ignatian pedagogy, and that her contributions have been paramount for the program and the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship . As a result, this research was developed into a rubric now being used as a framework for online course design at Georgetown.

During her second year, Odugbemi and her peers created a Graduate Student Association for the Learning, Design, and Technology program. They wanted to address students’ interest in gaining greater awareness about professional development strategies and building stronger connections between the program and the Georgetown community. They hosted a dozen events this year which have fostered connection, skill-building and mentorship.

As she graduates in May, Odugbemi hopes to use her degree to create accessible and equitable learning opportunities for under-served communities around the world through research and building frameworks intentionally centered around diversity, equity, inclusion and justice.

Staying Connected

As you leave the Hilltop, we invite you to stay connected to Georgetown through the Alumni Association , which has regional clubs, affinity groups and career resources bringing together Hoyas all around the globe.

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Congratulations to the entire graduating class of 2024. In the words of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, “Go forth and set the world on fire.”

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TikTok is the leading destination for short-form mobile video. Our mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy. TikTok has global offices including Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Dubai, Singapore, Jakarta, Seoul and Tokyo.

Why Join Us: Creation is the core of TikTok’s purpose. Our platform is built to help imaginations thrive. This is doubly true of the teams that make TikTok possible. Together, we inspire creativity and bring joy – a mission we all believe in and aim towards achieving every day. To us, every challenge, no matter how difficult, is an opportunity; to learn, to innovate, and to grow as one team. Status quo? Never. Courage? Always. At TikTok, we create together and grow together. That’s how we drive impact – for ourselves, our company, and the communities we serve. Join us.

Team Introduction: We are looking for talented individuals to join our team in 2024. As a graduate, you will get unparalleled opportunities for you to kickstart your career, pursue bold ideas and explore limitless growth opportunities. Co-create a future driven by your inspiration with TikTok.

The e-commerce industry has seen tremendous growth in recent years and has become a hotly contested space amongst leading Internet companies, and its future growth can not be underestimated.

With more than 1 billion loyal users globally, we believe TikTok is an ideal platform to deliver a brand new and better e-commerce experience to our users. We are looking for passionate and talented people to join our E-commerce Operations team in the US, to build an e-commerce ecosystem that is innovative, secure and intuitive for our users. We aim to deliver high quality products together with a unique customer experience via TikTok.

Successful candidates must be able to commit to one of the following start dates below:

1. January 15, 2024

2. February 5, 2024

3. March 4, 2024

4. May 20, 2024

5. June 10, 2024

6. July 15, 2024

7. August 12, 2024

We will prioritize candidates who are able to commit to these start dates. Please state your availability and graduation date clearly in your resume.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage you to apply as early as possible.

Candidates can apply to a maximum of two positions and will be considered for jobs in the order you apply. The application limit is applicable to TikTok and its affiliates’ jobs globally. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis – we encourage you to apply early.

Responsibilities: – Acquire and incubate merchants to support category growth. – Discover innovative collaborative models that fit into merchants’ short-term and long-term development plans, and invest platform resources effectively and efficiently. – Solve key challenges in business growth by strong collaboration with cross-functional teams. – Employ a consultative approach by offering strategic content, creator/affiliate/agency partner, merchandising, and logistical solutions to all clients – Update active clients on TikTok Shop product developments and new promotional opportunities – Manage various projects and key tasks specific to the category’s growth and development

Qualifications: – Interest in e-commerce business; Internship experience in e-commerce or having a solid understanding of the industry landscape is a plus – Bachelor’s Degree or above – Quick learner, proactive and resilient. Ability to thrive in ambiguity and adjust fast to change. – Structured and original thinking, good data sense, analytical skills and judgment capability. – Excellent communication and cross-team collaboration, skilled at moving things forward. – Passion for business and aim for higher goals. – Previous experience with e-commerce beneficial to a quick ramp up to the ecosystem

TikTok is committed to creating an inclusive space where employees are valued for their skills, experiences, and unique perspectives. Our platform connects people from across the globe and so does our workplace. At TikTok, our mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy. To achieve that goal, we are committed to celebrating our diverse voices and to creating an environment that reflects the many communities we reach. We are passionate about this and hope you are too.

TikTok is committed to providing reasonable accommodations in our recruitment processes for candidates with disabilities, pregnancy, sincerely held religious beliefs or other reasons protected by applicable laws. If you need assistance or a reasonable accommodation, please reach out to us at [email protected].

By submitting an application for this role, you accept and agree to our global applicant privacy policy, which may be accessed here: https://careers.tiktok.com/legal/privacy.

Job Information

【For Pay Transparency】Compensation Description (annually)

The base salary range for this position in the selected city is $65478 – $90355 annually.​

Compensation may vary outside of this range depending on a number of factors, including a candidate’s qualifications, skills, competencies and experience, and location. Base pay is one part of the Total Package that is provided to compensate and recognize employees for their work, and this role may be eligible for additional discretionary bonuses/incentives, and restricted stock units.​

Our company benefits are designed to convey company culture and values, to create an efficient and inspiring work environment, and to support our employees to give their best in both work and life. We offer the following benefits to eligible employees: ​

We cover 100% premium coverage for employee medical insurance, approximately 75% premium coverage for dependents and offer a Health Savings Account(HSA) with a company match. As well as Dental, Vision, Short/Long term Disability, Basic Life, Voluntary Life and AD&D insurance plans. In addition to Flexible Spending Account(FSA) Options like Health Care, Limited Purpose and Dependent Care. ​

Our time off and leave plans are: 10 paid holidays per year plus 17 days of Paid Personal Time Off (PPTO) (prorated upon hire and increased by tenure) and 10 paid sick days per year as well as 12 weeks of paid Parental leave and 8 weeks of paid Supplemental Disability. ​

We also provide generous benefits like mental and emotional health benefits through our EAP and Lyra. A 401K company match, gym and cellphone service reimbursements. The Company reserves the right to modify or change these benefits programs at any time, with or without notice.

W. Scott Amey Career Services Center

800 22nd St. NW Suite 2730 Washington, DC 20052

Phone: (202) 994-4205 seascareers@gwu.edu


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