- 2nd year
- M.A. International Studies
- Washington, D.C. Program
I was born and raised in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where I also did my undergrad in Social Legal Services. While in undergrad, I worked as a social worker and paralegal for several years at the Dutch Refugee Organization. After graduating in 2011 with a Bachelors of Laws degree, I moved to the Kurdistan Region in Iraq to work as a Junior Consultant in the Private Sector Development Project for the United Nations Development Programme. Moreover, I have extensive experience as a volunteer in international organizations.
Being a student at Korbel has so far been an amazing experience. I chose Korbel for several reasons. First, the flexibility within the program. Coming into grad school, I was not sure what kind of career I wanted for myself and within which field in international relations. The flexibility within the international studies degree, provided me with the opportunity to explore different concentrations, and help me decide which path I'd like to go career wise. Second, it wasn't important to me to go to school in Washington, DC, the only thing that was important to me was that I could do an internship in DC. Korbel has a DC program, which provides students the possibility to take courses in DC during the Fall quarter, while interning full-time. Meaning that you can have up to six months of experience in DC if you were to add the Summer quarter to it, which I did. Third, Korbel offers various certificates that can provide you with a specific expertise in homeland security, global health, or humanitarian assistance. Also, the nature in Colorado is fantastic. If you enjoy being outside, this is a perfect place to be for skiing or hiking.