Before coming to the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, Bethel interned with the American Chamber of Commerce in Zambia as an advocacy and research intern. At the Josef Korbel School, Bethel is currently working as a program assistant for the Humanitarian Assistance program. In addition, Bethel is also part of the Humanitarian Assistance Applied Research Group. In this role, Bethel assists as a researcher in an ongoing disaster preparedness project in Haiti.
As an international student from Ethiopia, Bethel did her undergraduate degree at Loyola University in Maryland and received her BA in global studies and minor in biology.