When you send us an email or call the Admissions Office, the person on the other end of your correspondence may very well be a current Fletcher student.  Our Student Interns are called on to do everything from endless photocopying to guiding visitors around the building.  We could never complete our work without them, but equally important is that we love getting to know them and having them around!  So that you’ll have a sense of the person who wrote the email you just received, the Student Interns will be introducing themselves through the blog.  First up are Daniel, Emma, and Rebekah, who between them give a good sense of the diversity of pre-Fletcher professional experience among our students.

Daniel:  I am a second-year MALD student focusing on International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and Human Security. My interests in conflict resolution include facilitated dialogue as part of problem-solving workshops, as well as conflict mediation.  Additionally I am interested in the role that the narratives of conflict in history curricula play in promoting reconciliation in post-conflict societies.  This interest stems from the eight years that I spent working in history education before coming to Fletcher.  I worked as a middle school history teacher, first with Teach for America in Brooklyn and subsequently at a private school in New Orleans.  Through the New Teacher Project, I also trained first-year history teachers to work in New Orleans schools.  I spent the past summer interning with Search for Common Ground in Zanzibar where (in addition to enjoying the beaches) I helped facilitate trainings for radio journalists, members of the Ministry of Good Governance and Zanzibari civil society.  During my time away from school I like to cook and explore the historical sites of Boston.

Emma:  Hello!  I am a first-year MALD student, born in Cleveland, Ohio, but I’ve called Portland, Oregon my home for the past several years.  I majored in Political Science at Reed College, where I focused on conflict studies and non-violent action.  Prior to Fletcher I worked for the regional government of Portland and its surrounding suburbs, building community support and consensus among various cities for large-scale transportation and economic development projects.  My concentrations here at Fletcher will be International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and International Security Studies.

There is a lot to do at Fletcher outside of the classroom, too!  I’m a staff editor for our foreign policy journal, The Fletcher Forum, as well as a volunteer for Tufts University Refugee Assistance Program (TU-RAP).  Living close to Davis Square, and just a few T stops from Cambridge and Boston, also means that I get to explore my new city, eat a ton of delicious and diverse food, and enjoy my nerdy love of U.S. history.  I look forward to hearing from you all soon, and hopefully welcoming you to the Fletcher community!

Rebekah:  Hi everyone!  I am a first-year MALD student, originally from San Luis Obispo, California, a small city located on California’s Central Coast.  I attended Occidental College in Los Angeles for my undergraduate studies, where I majored in Diplomacy and World Affairs.  While at Occidental, I had the opportunity to study for a semester at two universities in Santiago, Chile and also spent the fall semester of my senior year in New York City interning with the United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations in the UN General Assembly.  After graduating, I moved to Washington, DC and spent two years working as an administrative and research assistant for an international trade consulting company, where I focused primarily on trade and investment issues in Latin America.

Here at Fletcher, my concentrations are Gender and Human Security (a self-designed field of study) and International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution.  In addition to working as a Student Intern in the Admissions Office, I am a member of the Fletcher Gender Initiative and Fletcher Runners.  I am so excited to be here at Fletcher, and I look forward to answering your questions as a Student Intern!

 

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