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Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Mountains from the University of Denver

Student Ambassadors

Julie Mandolini-Trummel

Email: [email protected]

  • 1st Year
  • MA International Development

I am originally from the Northwest suburbs of Chicago but I most recently lived on the East Coast for 10 years. I attended Brown University for my undergraduate education, where I played Division I volleyball and received my Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies in 2008. Upon graduating, I worked at a non-profit in inner-city Philadelphia for two years doing community development work, followed by a research assistantship at Yale University's Economic Growth Center, and four and a half years at an international development consulting firm in DC. I have worked, lived, and traveled across a total of 22 countries, having spent the majority of my time in Africa.

I chose The Joseph Korbel School of International Studies for graduate school for a number of reasons: 1) It is located in Colorado, where I've wanted to live and work for some time given its gorgeous mountains and entrepreneurial nature. 2) Korbel is ranked #11 in the world among master's programs in international relations 3) Denver has a solid international development community I can plug into through networking, internships, events, etc. 4) Their curriculum is both practical and flexible, which allows me to specialize in what I want within both Korbel and DU's other schools, such as the Daniels College of Business.

On campus, I am part of Korbel Climb and NetImpact student groups. Off campus, I serve as a Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow at The Posner Center for International Development.