Graduates of the School of International Service (SIS) pursue global service in government, nonprofits, and business. Learn more about what some graduates will be doing after commencement. Congratulations to all of our graduates on their accomplishments!
• Tamikka Forbes, SIS/MA ’15: While an SIS student, Forbes worked full-time with the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State (DOS). During that time, she arranged the U.S. national memorial for Nelson Mandela, worked the inaugural U.S.-Africa Leader's Summit, and was awarded a scholarship to join an intensive two-week international business strategy course for emerging markets in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In June, Forbes will participate in the Humanity in Action Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship program in Washington, D.C., Berlin, Warsaw, and Athens. Most excitingly, this summer she will transition from the DOS Africa Bureau to the State Operations Center, or "Ops," which is the DOS's 24-hour communications and crisis management center.
Tamikka says: “My academic work combined the practical application of communication tools in international affairs settings with the highest caliber theoretical framework. I now feel poised to take on new challenges creatively, founded in empirical research and with both feet firmly on the ground in handling the operational and political realities of the twenty-first century.”
• Charlotte Goodenow, SIS/BA '15: Goodenow, who interned for Chemonics International while a student, now works for the organization in quality management. During her time at SIS, she also completed a variety of other internships, including: the foundation for Health and Social Economic Development Africa, the U.S. Department of Commerce (International Trade Administration), and the International Executive Service Corps. Goodenow also studied abroad in Kenya, served as a Career Center Peer Advisor, and participated in the University Honors Program. She hopes to work with multinational companies to design and operationalize business solutions that serve stakeholders and the planet.
Charlotte says: “SIS offers a diverse network of practitioners and academics who facilitate meaningful connections in Washington and abroad. My mentors in SIS have been tremendous resources in helping me to navigate opportunities in my field.”
• Magda Borgarelli, SIS/BA '16: A SIS Dean’s List member and University Honors student, Borgarelli has been accepted to Oxford University to pursue her master’s degree in Nature, Society, and Environmental Governance in fall 2016. She also will intern for BSI-Supply Chains Solutions this summer as a Corporate Social Responsibility Research Associate, focusing on environmental and human rights violations. While at SIS, Borgarelli presented at the SIS Undergraduate Research Symposium, received the academic achievement award from University Honors, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Kappa Psi. Borgarelli has interned at FINCA International, the American Foreign Service Association, AMADE Mondiale in Monaco, and Oxfam and King’s College, both in London, while studying at the London School of Economics from 2014-2015. After she finishes graduate school, Borgarelli hopes to pursue a career in the international development consulting field.
Magda says: “I loved SIS because I was able to meet an incredible group of people – both students and professors – who were just as passionate about making a difference as I am. I tried to take advantage of the expertise of as many people as I could, hoping to figure out not only what I wanted to do once I graduated, but also how I was going to accomplish that. In the process, I met two of my mentors, who have supported me and offered me academic and professional advice every step of the way.”
• Maria Islam, SIS/BA '16: Islam spent her time at SIS gaining knowledge in international relations through experiential learning with Lutheran Social Services, Kid Power, Marie Reed Community Learning Center, Food and Friends, the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), and the U.S. Department of Justice. She also found time to promote career development by working for the University Career Center and the SIS Office of Career Development. A finalist for Killiam and Fulbright English Teaching Awards, Islam is considering offers from local and national law firms.
Maria says: Maria says: “I hope to carry on the SIS ideal of ‘service’ in my career by representing myself as a Muslim women who wants to break away from all the stereotypes by pursuing a degree in international law and continuing to advocate for education around the world.”
• Marina Kelly, SIS/BA '16: Kelly will intern with the U.S. Department of State in the Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Bureau this summer as a Pickering Fellow before beginning a Master of Human Rights degree at the University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She worked for the Guatemala Human Rights Commission and has worked every summer from 2008-2013 in Guatemala as a teaching assistant. A motivated student, Kelly has been a Gilman Scholar, University Honors member, and SIS Dean’s List student. After graduate school, Kelly plans to serve for at least five years as a Foreign Service Officer.
Marina says: “SIS helped me find my niche. My professors and first year courses led me to a path paved with opportunity, challenge, and passion, which allowed me to find my sense of purpose. SIS taught me to take risks, to fight for what I believe in while remaining open to other views, and to truly be the change I want to see in the world.”
• Nausheen Rajan, SIS/BA '16: Rajan, who is considering a position with the U.S. Department of State, held multiple internships with the department during her studies, as well as at the East-West Center and the Middle East Institute. A leader among her peers, she is the president of SIS Undergraduate Council and founded the SIS U.S.-Pakistan Women’s Council Student Chapter. She also participated in the SIS Undergraduate International Relations Research Symposium and National Conference, the University Honors Program, and received the Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute Fellowship to Princeton University.
Nausheen says: “SIS fosters mentorships, ideas, and creates programming that mold students into the person they want to be at the end of their four years. I have been able to harness my passion to serve the world by taking an independent study that allowed me to work with slum communities in Pakistan and by taking on positions that made me grow as a leader. I hope to best serve my country and its goals by directing my energy and ideas towards constantly improving other communities.”
• Maria Carrasquillo, SIS/MA ’16: Carrasquillo is a student in the Comparative and Regional Studies program, specializing in Latin America with a thematic focus in political economy and development. After graduation, Carrasquillo will continue working at AU's Center for Latin American and Latino Studies. She plans to conduct independent field research in Cuba in preparation for applying to Ph.D. programs. Her biggest achievement at SIS was participating in a practicum program and being able to travel to Havana, Cuba to conduct research on expanding the US-Cuba normalization process.
Maria says: “While in Cuba, I was able to interview scholars, students, economists and members of the Cuban foreign ministry and later was able to present my findings to the Department of State, Chamber of Commerce, and the Washington office on Latin America. I was also able to interview and write an article about former governor of Puerto Rico Luis Fortuño, on behalf of AU's Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, which was a great accomplishment for me as I am Puerto Rican!”
• Candice Norwood, SIS and SOC/MA ’16: Norwood, a dual degree student in the International Media program, will serve as a politics and policy fellow with The Atlantic from 2016 to 2017. During her year with The Atlantic, Norwood will assist with presidential election coverage and other political news for the website. She has aspired to this fellowship with her favorite magazine since her sophomore year of college, originally moving to Washington, D.C. to pursue this opportunity. Some of her accomplishments include: being the 2016 SOC Graduate Student Commencement Speaker; interning for NPR, The Washington Post, C-SPAN and Vox.com; and writing a chapter for Ferguson’s Fault Lines, which was published by the American Bar Association in April 2016.
Candice says: “I was looking for a master’s program that would help me feel confident examining and dissecting complicated global issues. Every day, I think about and use the things I’ve learned at SIS, whether I’m writing for a news organization or interviewing for a fellowship with my dream company.”