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Mariana Alcoforado | Second Year MA Candidate

Mariana Alcoforado, MA Candidate at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Education: BA in International Relations, History and French, Tulane University

Program at the Josef Korbel School: International Human Rights, with Certificates in Humanitarian Assistance and International Law

What work experience do you have? I've completed an internship at the French Consulate of New Orleans and worked as an RA for the Political Science Department at Tulane University, where I collaborated on research on authoritarian regimes in Chile, Brazil and Argentina, the consolidation of democracy in Latin America, participatory budgets and government reform in Brazil. At Korbel I work as a research assistant for the Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research, collecting data and cataloguing major nonviolent and violent resistance campaigns for the NAVCO Data Project.

Why did you choose the Josef Korbel School? I chose the Josef Korbel School because of the unique nature of the MA program, one of the few master's degree specifically focused on human rights in the country. I also decided to come to Korbel because for the different opportunities the school has to offer, specifically the certificate programs and the career center.

What are your career goals? After graduation I would like to work with a human rights or humanitarian assistance NGO, focusing on advocacy and refugee protection.

So far, how has the Josef Korbel School prepared you for your career? The opportunities offered by Korbel have not only prepared me for my career but have also pushed me to redefine and truly shape my goals. Since I am doing not only the human rights MA but also a certificate in humanitarian assistance and another in international law and human rights I've been able to take classes that have helped me develop theoretical and practical knowledge of the field.  Learning from people who have had prominent careers in the field and have a lot of experience has also been invaluable.

Have you completed an internship while at the Korbel School? Over the course of 3 months I interned with the UNHCR Protection Unit in Maputo, Mozambique assisting with protection related activities. My responsibilities included conduction of protection counseling, participation in awareness raising campaigns with local authorities and communities, liaising with government officials, attendance of meetings with UN agencies and governmental partners and conduction of interviews with refugees in order to assist with protection cases and resettlement mission.

Favorite place to study: Beans at DU

Favorite place to unwind: Renegade

Favorite Denver restaurant: Steuben's

Favorite Denver/Colorado activities: Hiking and afternoons at Wash Park

Favorite spots abroad: Paris, France