Benjamin R.

United States


I am a confident, enthusiastic, and driven senior at Colgate University double majoring in International Relations and Spanish. My passions for foreign policy, human rights, philanthropy have led me to pursue job opportunities at advocacy-based non-profit organizations, think tanks, and non-governmental organizations. My passion for foreign policy was ignited by a number of courses taken at Colgate University, including Comparative Politics: Middle East, The U.S. in Vietnam 1945-1975, and Problems in the History of U.S. Foreign Policy. I have been able to dovetail my interests with many of my campus involvements at Colgate University. As President of the Blue Diamond Society, I conceptualized, planned, and executed an interfaith Passover feast for the Colgate community. Through this event, my group not only raised over $2,000 to aid Syrian refugees, but educated the Colgate student body on the Syrian conflict by arranging for a Syrian refugee to give a keynote speech on his personal experiences. The skills I gained in this position, primarily creativity, meticulous preparation, and marketing, will make me an asset in the professional realm. As a Fellow at Colgate University’s Lampert Institute of Civic and Global Affairs, a program that awards undergraduates with $6,500 to conduct an intensive field research project, I spent two months in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Pretoria studying South Africa’s now-defunct nuclear weapons program and the ways in which it might have been manipulated by the apartheid regime to consolidate domestic power in the face of rising internal dissent. Despite arriving in South Africa with no connections and nothing more than an idea for a research project, I was able to pool my energy and resources into an effort which culminated in a thesis-level paper. This accomplishment serves as further evidence of my inexhaustible motor and entrepreneurial spirit.


  • tertiary education
  • refugees
  • power generation
  • public administration
  • research & development
  • south africa
  • Sectors
  • Funders
  • Countries
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