I am a junior from Manalapan, New Jersey, studying policy studies. I was the public diplomacy intern for Global Ties U.S., the center of international exchange. We connect business, nonprofit, government, and academic leaders from around the world with their counterparts in the U.S.
I started my internship right before Global Ties' big National Meeting. The National Meeting is an annual four day convention held for leaders involved in international exchange. On my first day, I was given hand on opportunities to get involved and help in meaningful ways. Between the planning, getting in contact with various diplomats and embassies, and all the behind the scenes work, I was able to lean about the importance of exchange and the ins and out diplomacy.
Through my internship and past experiences, I've come to learn that I am passionate about making a difference. As broad as that sounds, my internship allowed me to help bring global leaders together to make positive changes in our world. After college, I'm not exactly sure what I'd like to do, but I know that I'd love to continue developing my skills in public diplomacy and making a difference.
Being in DC allowed me to truly broaden my horizons. I came into the program, not being an International Relations major and not knowing what I wanted to do. DC truly opened my eyes to the importance of foreign affairs and being aware of the world around us. I can confidently say that through this program I have found a new interest in International Relations and global issues.
Advice I would share with incoming DC students would be take every opportunity. There is so much to do in DC and I recommend taking advantage of every moment and new event while here.