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September 2021 - Claire Brady

September 2021 - Claire Brady

BA International Studies (International Security, Norms and Cooperation); BA Political Science ‘22

Hometown: Beverly Hills, Michigan

Affiliations: Writer and editor for The Archive, a student-run history magazine; writer for The Michigan Daily; Vice President of Programming for Sigma Kappa; office assistant for the Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS); intern for the National Institute of Corrections; intern for The Borgen Project, a non-profit aimed to end global poverty

“My favorite experience that has come from my International Studies major is interning this past summer with, an organization based in Warsaw and a part of the Polish Ministry of Culture, which aims to promote Polish culture worldwide. Even though I was unable to travel to Poland due to COVID-19, I still felt incredibly connected to the whole office and my fellow intern, who was also a University of Michigan student. Through this internship, I was able to research complex social issues in Poland, connect to my own Polish heritage, and publish my own articles for global consumption. I feel incredibly lucky to have met and worked alongside the staff, who taught me so much and made the virtual internship process smooth. Now, my fellow intern and I plan to travel to Poland after graduation to explore and finally meet the team in person. I never would have received this opportunity without being an International Studies major, which has helped connect me with international organizations abroad.”

Future plans: “I plan to attend graduate school where I will most likely pursue a degree in International Relations. My career goal is to work in the intelligence community where I can combine my love for world politics and cultures while keeping our country safe.”