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Susan Meyer, M.A.  '99, U.S. Foreign Service Officer

Q&A with CRI's First Graduate,

 

Susan Meyer

Which degree did you receive from the University of Denver and do you hold any other degrees?
Master's Degree in Conflict Resolution, 1999. I was the first graduate of the Conflict Resolution  Program, but I spent more than half of my studies in GSIS and Public Policy.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I'm not sure. I'm concentrating on the next two years, traveling around the world with the Secretary of State. Who knows what doors will open during that time—the possibilities are really exciting.


What was your first job? What is your current job? Where else have you worked?
Presidential Management Intern (now Presidential Management Fellow) working in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy as a Mexico Desk Officer in 1999. I am currently a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. State Department: El Salvador 2000-2002 (Consular and Political Sections); Budapest, Hungary 2003- 2005 (Economic Section); Washington D.C. 2005-2007 (Travel Advance for the Secretary of State).

What is it like working in an internationally focused arena?
There is always something new and unusual to learn— languages, political
systems, customs, history, recipes…

Have your career goals changed since graduating?
My career goals constantly change. More important is that my confidence has grown, which allows me to focus on goals I couldn't even imagine when I graduated.


Is there anything else students might like to know about your experience that would help them with their own career objectives?
Take full advantage of internship opportunities. Interns get special treatment in many organizations— access to high level people and events, great writing opportunities, and at the very least, solid recommendations from people working in the field. Don't be afraid to tell your co-workers and supervisors what kinds of work you would like to try or that you really enjoy. It may or may not help you, but it certainly won't hurt you. For students who may not have already defined their career objectives what advice can you give them about finding out what it is that they want? I still haven't defined my career objective, other than to enjoy and take pride in my work. That's enough to keep me busy!


Did you complete any internships while still a student? Where?
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

Interview Courtesy of "GSIS news" Volume 4 No. 2, Fall 2006

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