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 McCourt is a very international program, where you can meet students all over the world. 

Why did you choose the McCourt School?

I came to the McCourt School just after graduating with an undergraduate degree, which means I didn’t have any professional working experience at that time. For students like me, McCourt has several advantages.

First, the program aims to build upon the basic skills and abilities necessary for policy analysis. For example, the economics, statistics, policy process, and management courses are very important and useful for all kinds of policies. Students can build their expertise by elective courses, which includes health, education, environment, and security policies. For students who don’t have a specific interest in mind, McCourt provides a wide platform and multiple opportunities.

Second: the location. DC is the best place to study public policy. There are thousands of NGOs here, where students can attend all kinds of conferences, events, and debates. And I think students can broaden their horizon, hone their communication skills and expand their network here, in a way that is essential for public policy students.

Third, Georgetown University has a long history and a strong atmosphere for political participation, where international students can experience and learn the political tradition and culture here.

How has your experience at the McCourt School been so far?

I’ve really enjoyed my time at McCourt so far! The professors are excellent; the classes are intense and interesting. Though there is a lot homework accompanying the classes, it is very helpful.

I have also appreciated the career services from McCourt. There are a lot of workshops, alumni discussions, and information sessions happening all year round, and the career advisors help students tailor their resume and cover letter. Last semester, Page, a career advisor, helped me prepare internship applications. We met every week and wrote almost fifteen different cover letters, which played a significant role in my intern application.

Have you taken advantage of the McCourt School's DC location? If so, how?

Yes, of course. International students can start interning after our first year of study. DC specifically allows you to intern during the summer as well as the fall and spring semester during second year. I am interning at the World Resources Institute in addition to classes and coursework. Though it’s tough, I learn a lot and I’m really about to combine the knowledge and real world experience. I think it will be helpful for career development.

I also participated in various conferences and seminars in DC, as plenty of top think tank and NGOs are based in DC. I can get the firsthand research reports from their events. It allows me closely track the policy development.

What do you hope to do with your McCourt School degree?

I hope to work in the environment and energy field with the qualitative and quantitative skills that I learned at McCourt, as well as the good reputation and support from McCourt alumni.

What would you say about the McCourt School to a prospective student?

McCourt is a very international program, where you can meet students all over the world. The diversity makes class discussion different and interesting, so I encourage students like me whose first language is not English to speak and share your opinions. Professors are very lovely and warm-hearted; always email them and ask for help. In addition, don’t put too much pressure on yourself, take your time and enjoy the life here, you are already excellent to be a McCourt student.