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Afton Tyler | Second Year MA Candidate

Afton Taylor, MA Candidate at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Education: BA French and Comparative Literature, University of Washington

Program at the Josef Korbel School: International Studies with concentrations in environmental policy and Europe

What work experience do you have? After obtaining my BA, I spent a year working as an Undergraduate Admissions Counselor for the University of Washington, after which I spent the 2012-2013 school year teaching English at a public high school in Nantes, France.

Why did you choose the Josef Korbel School? I really liked the flexibility of the International Studies degree track at Korbel, and was excited to be able to pursue a concentration in Europe. Plus, it's hard to beat all of the great activities and opportunities that Denver has to offer.

What are your career goals? It might sound funny, but my dream job is to work for Rick Steves' Europe, a world-famous travel company located in the Pacific Northwest. However, I plan to spend the first part of my career contributing to positive EU-USA relations in the public sector, as well as advocating for sustainable environmental policies and regulations.

So far, how has the Josef Korbel School prepared you for your career? The ability to take courses in all of the areas of study at Korbel is giving me great exposure to so many different fields and skill sets. I truly feel that having a background in everything from international development to international monetary systems to international futures modeling will open up numerous doors when I look for jobs post-graduation.

Have you completed an internship while at the Josef Korbel School? I am indeed in the midst of an internship as part of the Korbel in Geneva program. I'm interning with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)'s Environment Division in Geneva, Switzerland from mid-June through mid-December.

For this internship, I am working specifically with the Aarhus Convention and its PRTR Protocol, as well as with the Committee on Environmental Policy (CEP). As part of my work with the CEP, I am creating a new section of the UNECE website and an informational publication to increase public visibility and participation in the Astana Water Action (AWA), which is an initiative aimed at improving transboundary water management and cooperation between governments, NGOs, and IGOs in Europe. I also assist with the updating and creation of several databases, preparing keynote speeches and draft documents for conferences, and translation and editing work (English-French).

Favorite place to study: Anderson Academic Commons

Favorite place to unwind: My kitchen!

Favorite Denver restaurant: Kaos Pizzeria

Favorite Denver/Colorado activity: Hiking

Favorite spot abroad: Anywhere in France!