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Josef Korbel School of International Studies

University of Denver Campus

Student Profiles

Ryan Goehrung | First Year MA Candidate

Michael Dabbs, MA Candidate at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Education: BA History, Reed College in Portland, OR

Program at the Josef Korbel School: International Human Rights with a Certificate in Global Health Affairs

What work experience do you have? I served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines for three years. The first two of which, I spent doing fisheries management in a rural community, and then as a Community Development Program Specialist in Manila with the Millennium Challenge Corporation working on national government poverty reduction programs and issues of human trafficking. Currently, I am the Assistant Grants Manager at the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking, a Denver-based nonprofit working to develop innovative solutions to address domestic human trafficking issues based on sound research.

Why did you choose the Josef Korbel School? Korbel is the only school in the country with a student led anti-human trafficking nonprofit. Given my interest and experience in this subject, the Human Trafficking Center was a huge draw. In addition, few other schools in the country offer such a diverse curriculum and the freedom to specialize in different aspects of International Development. This flexibility to customize your studies along with such a great nationally respected faculty led me to choose Korbel.

What are your career goals? I hope to use my degree to pursue a career in the field of global health with an international nonprofit. I find the intersection between health, human rights and development to be an important point of focus to address root causes of inequality in developing countries.

So far, how has the Josef Korbel School prepared you for your career? Korbel provides a comprehensive and well-rounded base for a career in any field of international development. The core courses in global health have laid a firm foundation of knowledge in a fairly technical subfield, and prepared me for work in any number of health-related capacities. In addition, courses in methodology and nonprofit management provide tangible skills for the real world that will be applicable to a variety of positions.

Have you completed an internship while at the Josef Korbel School? I completed my Global Health Affairs internship requirements with Del Agua Health in Rwanda over the summer.

During my internship I helped organize and implement trainings of over 900 Rwandese community health workers throughout the Western Province on the use and importance of water filters and clean burning cookstoves. Thereby preparing the communities for the distribution of 100,000 household water filters and cookstoves to the lowest socio-economic groups in the region.

Favorite place to study: Denver Bicycle Cafe

Favorite place to unwind: The Thin Man

Favorite Denver restaurant: Bistro Vendôme

Favorite Denver/Colorado activity: Snowboarding

Favorite spot abroad: El Nido, Palawan in the Philippines