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Kate Castenson | Second Year MA Candidate

Kate Castenson, MA Candidate at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Education: BA in International Relations, Claremont McKenna College

Program at the Josef Korbel School: International Human Rights

What work experience do you have? I worked for three years at Human Rights Watch in the Arms Division in Washington, DC. I also have internship experience with the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and the Department of Defense.

Why did you choose the Josef Korbel School? I was attracted to Korbel because of its degree program in human rights, as well as the ability to work with the Human Trafficking Center.

What are your career goals? I would like to work for an international human rights NGO in a research and advocacy capacity on issues of civilian protection in armed conflict.

So far, how has the Josef Korbel School prepared you for your career? Korbel offers the perfect combination of theoretical and practical learning. After just one quarter of graduate school, I already feel better equipped for my future career. I have built upon my knowledge of international law and human rights, and I also have a better understanding about the ways to use statistical analysis in the political science field. I've had the opportunity to participate in seminars with guest speakers, and learn from the rich experience of my fellow Korbel students.

Have you completed an internship while at the Josef Korbel School? I am currently participating in the Korbel in Geneva Program. I am interning at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), where I work in the Water and Habitat unit on a project to examine the impact of armed conflict on urban essential services. 

Favorite place to study: Kaladi Brothers Coffee

Favorite place to unwind: Wash Park

Favorite Denver restaurant: Little India

Favorite Denver/Colorado activity: Hiking

Favorite spot abroad: Patagonia