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Harleigh Bean – Public Policy and International Affairs Summer Program

Name: Harleigh Bean

Class Year: 2018

Hometown: Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Major(s): Romance Languages with a Spanish emphasis, International Politics

Minors or Concentrations: Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Opportunity and Year: Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program, Summer 2017

Project Summary: The Junior Summer Institute offered by the Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) attracts undergraduate students interested and involved in international affairs and public policy, molding them into future global leaders through an intensive seven-week summer experience. The program constructs a curriculum and complementary extracurricular program intended to build vital skills necessary for admission into the nation’s top graduate programs. This curriculum includes coursework in economics, statistics, domestic policy, international policy, and leadership topics. The program maintains a consortium of more than 40 graduate institutions offering degrees in public policy and international affairs. Due to the Graduate School Consortium, PPIA fellows receive benefits such as a minimum one-time scholarship of $5,000 at any PPIA graduate school once admitted, exposure to prestigious and well respected graduate institutions, and fee waivers when applying to schools that are members of the consortium.

How did W&L prepare you for this opportunity? I think allowing students to develop into well-rounded individuals is the most advantageous aspect of W&L that helped prepare me for this opportunity. Various times within the application materials, the PPIA organization stated that it was looking for students who are passionate and involved in various fields of study and extra-curricular opportunities—it goes without saying that I’ve been fortunate to be pulled in so many directions here at W&L.

Why did you apply for this opportunity? Quite honestly, I applied for this program on a whim because I was drawn in by the opportunity to gain some formidable exposure to the field of public policy. My studies at W&L are split between romance languages and international politics and, ideally, I’d like to find a career that would allow me to continue focusing on both of these areas of study. I’m hoping international public policy is the field I’m looking for. I was %100 not expecting to receive an offer of admission but I am extremely excited to meet the other members of my cohort and delve into the program curriculum.

Post-graduation Plans: Ideally, I’d like to work for a year or two at home in the DC Metropolitan area in order to establish some sort of financial stability after which I hope to go to graduate school get a Master’s degree in International Affairs or Security Studies.

How will this opportunity help you achieve your goals? Not only does the PPIA Junior Summer Institute offer an invaluable summer experience, but it also offers tangible benefits beyond the conclusion of the program. The program maintains a consortium of more than 40 graduate institutions offering degrees in public policy and international affairs. Due to the Graduate School Consortium, PPIA fellows receive benefits such as a minimum one-time scholarship of $5,000 at an PPIA graduate school once admitted, exposure to prestigious and well respected institutions, and fee waivers when applying to schools that are members of the consortium. All four of the Master’s in International Affairs/Security Studies program I’m currently most interested in are represented within this consortium.

Extracurricular Involvement:

Women’s Lacrosse, Peer Counselor, University Ambassadors, Kathekon, 24, Languages for Rockbridge, Office of Student Affairs Work-Study, Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity

Off-campus Experience:

I studied abroad in Paris, France this past fall semester through the IES Paris Business and International Affairs program.

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