It's been a school year since I've been enrolled at Fletcher, and I'm more excited than ever about my 30 Master of International Business (really, an international policy and business degree) classmates, only the second batch of MIB candidates that The Fletcher School at Tufts University has had.
I asked my classmates to write about their experiences prior to Fletcher, and about their internships this summer on the Fletcher website
Unfortunately, these profiles don't include all 30 of my MIB 2011 classmates. Emily, Alex and Amalia, who worked on the Sarah Palin video (see last post
), aren't here. Which is a shame, really, because I'd love you to know how they ventured out to Syria and studied on a Fulbright in Jordan and then returned to DC to work for Booz; or to do USAID work in Sudan, Mongolia and Afghanistan
; that one of them consulted for IBM, despite having a poli sci degree; I'd love you to know that for the summer, one of them will be fighting one of the world's scariest problems - unemployment in the Middle East - by integrating Egyptian businesses
with the American market through the US Department of Commerce, one of them will be financing projects in Mongolia with an investment bank, and one of them will be looking at the impact of fishing techniques on ecosystems following anti-poverty alleviation work with the Ashoka Foundation.
And it's a shame that you won't read about Hiba, who worked in policy at the Brookings Institute Doha and will be doing private equity this summer, or about 'Busola, who is the group executive director of finance of a Nigerian oil and gas company.
But you do get to read about how John will be providing a remedy to both communism and urbanisation
in the People's Republic by facilitating the use of satellite images of land as collateral
; you will read about how Khushman, an IIT graduate who served in India's navy, intends on meeting the foreign minister of Mongolia and the US ambassador to Mongolia, both Fletcher alumni, as he works in private equity there; you will read about how Paco, who worked in the Council of Economic Advisers to the President of Mexico, will help a Mexican state government decide whether or not to go ahead with solar energy; you will read about how Fabian, a former emerging markets Goldman Sachs trader, will be reviewing TARP funds at the Office of Budget and Management at the White House, just to mention a few of the fascinating stories on offer at http://news.fletcher.tufts.edu/reflections/?p=716