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Peter Rocco | Second Year MA Candidate

Peter Rocco, MA Candidate at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Education: BA, German and Sociology, Bowdoin College

Program at the Josef Korbel School: International Studies

What work experience do you have? 2 years as a legislative assistant and scheduler for a Member of Congress, 2.5 years as a researcher for CQ Roll Call (Washington, DC), 6 months as a researcher for Edison Research (Somerville, NJ), 1 year as a substitute teacher at Poly Prep Country Day School (Brooklyn, NY).

Why did you choose the Josef Korbel School? I saw Korbel as an alternate path to the DC/East Coast-centric international relations schools, several of which I turned down in favor of Korbel. I felt that after five years living and working in DC, I could afford to be away for two. Having said that, I still had some apprehensions, and in that regard the admissions staff was extremely helpful. They were far and away more responsive and accessible than at any other school I dealt with. Ultimately the Sie Fellowship presented an opportunity I felt I could not pass up.

What are your career goals? Those are still in flux, but very broadly speaking I would like to work for the federal government, probably in the Executive Branch. I have been interested in the Foreign Service for a long time. I passed the test twice but have not gotten to the final stage yet. That's definitely a path I could see myself going down.

So far, how has the Josef Korbel School prepared you for your career? The career services staff have been a great help with refining my resume and writing statements of interest for fellowship and internship applications. Over winter break I went on the DC Career Connections Trip, which opened my eyes to a few employers and career paths I hadn't thought of previously.

Have you completed an internship while at the Josef Korbel School? This summer I interned at the U.S. embassy in Moscow. I worked in the Press Office of the Public Affairs Section. I created daily products for both the Public Affairs and Political sections of the embassy summarizing important news stories. These products were disseminated to officials in Moscow, Washington, and other posts around the world. I also represented the embassy at several cultural events in Moscow. 

Favorite place to study: Anderson Academic Commons

Favorite place to unwind: The Pioneer

Favorite Denver/Colorado activity: Pub trivia at The Pio, Ultimate Frisbee in Observatory Park

Favorite spot abroad: Berlin