Hometown: Shenandoah Valley, VA
Current City: Washington, DC
Why did you choose McCourt? I chose McCourt because of the impressive faculty that would be teaching my international development courses. Since the MIDP is a focused area, it was important to me that I had professors with tons of experience outside of academia and could not only teach me, but offer me insights on what it's like to work in international development. A big bonus is being in DC and getting to engage with policymakers on a frequent basis.
What has been the best part of your experience so far? The best part has definitely been getting opportunities to share about public policy issues I think deserve more attention. I had the pleasure of leading the Migration and Refugee Policy Initiative as its president and got to help engage a lot of students on current refugees crises happening all over the world. I also enjoyed having a lot of support from the faculty to secure internships, attend conferences, and build up my network.
What internships have you had so far during your time at McCourt?
- Graduate Research Assistant at the SFS Institute for the Study of International Migration
- Research Assistant at 3ie on the SPOON: Sustained Program for Improving Nutrition - Guatemala
- Graduate Research Assistant at the Georgetown Law School's O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
- Health Care Policy Fellow at Leavitt Partners
Student organization involvement while at McCourt: Migration and Refugee Policy Initiative (MRPI)
Undergraduate University, degree, and major: Bridgewater College, Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Child Development
Hobbies/ Interests: Road cycling, rock climbing, traveling
Reach out to me about: First generation