This summer, I am interning at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Office of Multilateral and Global Affairs. I was offered my internship back in November, so it feels like it has been a long journey to this point. The above picture was taken at the Main State Department building on one of my first days working.
I was drawn to my internship because it combines two of my main academic interests. Sophomore year of college, I took a class called “Philosophy of Global Justice,” taught by Steven Ratner, a professor of international law at the Michigan Law School. We talked about human rights issues such as FGM and chemical attacks in Syria from a philosophical point of view. I became really interested in the human rights field during this class.
I became interested in multilateral affairs last summer, when I studied International Conflict Resolution in Geneva, Switzerland and London, UK. I had the opportunity to learn about and tour the UN, the International Committee for the Red Cross, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. While abroad, I became very interested in multilateral organizations.
I feel lucky to have an internship that combines my interest in human rights with my interest in multilateral affairs. I have enjoyed my first few weeks and I am excited to see what the rest of my internship holds.