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Woodrow Wilson Graduate Students Around the World

Dec 4, 2013
Published by:
Alexandra Utsey, MPA '14

Each summer our WWS graduate students disperse all over the world to participate in summer internships to gain practical professional work experience.  The photos below capture the student's experience in various locations around the world.


Elena Serna-Wallender at the Federal Reserve Board Room in Washington, D.C. (with Nate Ratledge, Thomas Coen, Anna Fogel, Seyron Foo, and Kate Fritzche): "We took this shot in the Federal Reserve board room after wrapping up an intimate Q&A session with Chairman Ben Bernanke held for Princeton students. Almost all of the MPAs got a question in - it was completely unreal to chat with one of the most powerful people in the world!"


Mayank Misra at Sima de las Cotorras in Chiapas, Mexico: "Phew!! It's good having that first year behind me."

Joyce Zhang at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro: "I tackled new challenges through my internship with the IFC in Nairobi, climbing new heights professionally and personally. I capped off my experiences by reaching the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa. It was truly an unforgettable summer!"

Matthew Soursourian at the Lotus Temple in New Delhi, India: "Here's a photo of (left to right) Jaime Archundia, Aditi Poddar, Anna Ninan, and me at the Lotus Temple during Aditi's lovely afternoon tour of Delhi's sights. Aditi, who was home visiting her parents, generously showed Jaime, Anna, and me around shortly after we arrived in New Delhi for our summer internships. Later that weekend, Aditi's family had us over for an amazing home-cooked meal in preparation for Aditi's departure to South Sudan."

Kate Fritzsche in Bali, Indonesia (with Alison Fahey): "This photo was taken overlooking a rice paddy on the island of Bali in Indonesia, where we drank coconut milk and relaxed in the late afternoon. This view (and the coconut!) was a highlight of the trip!"

Steph Speirs in Lahore, Pakistan: "Lahore is a city of 10 million people and the capital of the most affluent region of Pakistan. Yet, the city is not without hardship. Electricity outages of up to 20 hours a day are common during the hottest days of summer, with temperatures that approach 130 degrees. The threat of extremism, while not relatively omnipresent in sleepy Lahore, provides a tense undercurrent to daily life for Lahoris. The locals are incredibly resilient, but they are also incredibly welcoming. To be a foreigner in Lahore is to be a novelty. People will take hours out of their day to demonstrate their best hospitality chops, as if single-handedly trying to prove to you that the popular conception of Pakistan has it all wrong. Pakistan is more than the news stories of violence and instability, and I felt very fortunate to spend 10 weeks this summer learning that fact. In this picture, a Pakistani woman took time to show a group of foreign strangers a unique vantage point of the city she loves."

Virginia Poggio at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland (with Mica Bumpus): "Mica and I loved spending our summers working at the World Health Organization in Geneva with such fun and inspiring people."

Kat Johnson in Ibirapuera Park in São Paulo, Brazil: "I've never found a more perfect juxtaposition of dense cityscape with preserved natural areas than in São Paulo's Ibirapuera Park. In this photo, my coworker Taya and I show the park off to two visiting American colleagues before an intense week of trainings. Though it's not evident here, after a week and a few caipirinhas they shared our excitement about Brazil!"





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