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Josef Korbel School of International Studies


Student Ambassadors

Jessie Cochran

Josef Korbel School of International Studies Student Ambassador Jesse CochranEmail:

  • 2nd Year
  • MA International Development

I grew up in Leesburg, Georgia and attended Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. I graduated in 2005 with a degree in history and embarked on a career in nonprofit fundraising and event planning in Washington, D.C. After more than eight years in that sector, I decided I wanted to use the skills I had developed in project management, logistics, and coordination in disaster and emergency settings, but knew I’d need a master’s degree in order to break into the field.

I was originally drawn to the Josef Korbel School because of the Humanitarian Assistance Certificate Program. Once I learned about the opportunity to participate in the Humanitarian Crisis Simulation and take the Field Operations course, I was completely sold on the School. I ultimately chose to attend because I knew it could best prepare me for a career in disaster relief and humanitarian aid, and it was definitely the right decision! The opportunity to learn technical skills from practitioners in the field separated the Josef Korbel School from the other schools I had applied to. Being close to the mountains was a huge plus as well, and I’m enjoying Colorado life!