Class Announcement

MAGES Class of 2018


Richard Bordelon

Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana

Education: B.A. in History and Political Science from Fordham University

Work Experience: Fulbright ETA in Germany; Education Intern at the National World War II Museum

Why I Chose MAGES:  I am looking forward to studying Europe with an interdisciplinary approach, taking advantage of all that DC has to offer, and continuing my research on German history with Georgetown's great faculty.

Intended Academic Focus: History of Cold War Germany

Meghan Boroughs

Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa

Education: B.A. in Political Science with a focus in Internation Relations from Columbia University

Work Experience: At the Executive Office in the Urban Land Institute in Washington, D.C.; Participant in the FUBiS Program at Freie Universität Berlin

Why I Chose MAGES:  I love the idea of being in an environment where I can collaborate with people who are passionate about the same things I am, and I'm excited to be in this politically driven city.

Intended Academic Focus: Cultural affairs, particularly the intersection of politics and the arts

michael brodek

Hometown: Hampden, Maine

Education: Joint B.A. in Written Arts and French Studies from Bard College

Work Experience: Internship at Senator Susan Collins' Bangor State Office

Why I Chose MAGES: I decided on MAGES after being struck by the program’s singular combination of area studies, student-selected concentration, and interdisciplinary focus. I was also drawn to the Center’s focus on the collection of people that have become engaged as the center of its promise.

Intended Academic Focus: International business and finance, perhaps on the symbioses between economies and cultures, or perhaps on regulatory structures

Robert Cesar

Hometown: Nitra, Slovakia

Education: B.A. in Politics and German from Bates College

Work Experience: Transparency International Analyst (2014); Grant-funded research and senior thesis on EU Structural Fund corruption (2014-2015)

Why I Chose MAGES: I see the MAGES program as an extraordinary opportunity to study international relations at SFS while also having the ability to focus specifically on transatlantic relations.

Intended Academic Focus: EU-US trade and investment

Faustine colin

Hometown: Dunkerque, France

Education: B.A. in Communications from Central Connecticut State University

Work Experience: Interned for the Cultural Services of the French Embassy; Participated in prehistorical digs in France

Why I Chose MAGES: MAGES will give me the opportunity to challenge myself.

Intended Academic Focus: Open to new possibilities

samuel denney

Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee

Education: B.A. in German and European Studies from Vanderbilt University

Work Experience: Internship with the Bundestag's Committee on Affairs of the European Union

Why I Chose MAGES: I am excited about MAGES because of the wide range of opportunities it presents through the large variety of courses available and because of the large alumni network in the United States and abroad.

Intended Academic Focus: Diplomatic relations between the United States and the EU or diplomatic relations between the EU and the Middle East

Peter Giannino

Hometown: Lovettsville, Virginia

Education: B.A. in German Studies and Russian & Post-Soviet Studies from the College of William and Mary

Work Experience: Fulbright ETA in Germany (2010-2011); Sales Representative for Noldus Information Technology (2011-2016)

Why I Chose MAGES: I want to take my global business experience, language skills, and cultural understanding and develop expertise in Diplomacy and International Security. MAGES affords me the opportunity to not only take advantage of SFS classes, but also further develop and refine my insight into German and Russian culture, language, and influence of these two powerful nations in world politics. Georgetown’s reputation and depth of expertise in international politics, access to stimulating and relevant internship opportunities, and its robust alumni network are why I chose Georgetown and MAGES. I am thrilled to be joining the program and am looking forward to my future as a part of it.

Intended Academic Focus: Diplomacy and International Security

Colleen Kim

Hometown: Minnesota

Education: B.A. in English Literature and Speech-Language-Hearing Science from the University of Minnesota

Work Experience: Fulbright ETA in Germany

Why I Chose MAGES: I'm looking forward to being part of a diverse group of students in an international city.

Intended Academic Focus: Cultural differences between the US and European countries and national versus European identity

tim Kloeppel

Hometown: Saint Croix, Indiana

Education: B.A. in International Studies from Alleghany College with a minor in German

Work Experience: Mortgage Analyst at the Federal Savings Bank in Chicago, IL (2015); Post-Closing Assistant at Guaranteed Rate in Chicago, IL (2016)

Why I Chose MAGES:  I have chosen MAGES because I would like to deepen my knowledge of German and European political affairs, as well as partake in the boundless opportunities afforded by Georgetown University and the Washington, DC area.

Intended Academic Focus: Either the historical development or basis of Germany's refugee and immigration policies or the collaboration between the intelligence services of Germany and the United States

Amelie Lohmann

Hometown: Ciboure, France

Education: B.A. in Politics and Public Administration from the University of Konstanz, Germany

Work Experience: AmerCorps for the I Have a Dream Foundation in Colorado; Internship with the German Represenation's Plans & Policy Division at NATO HQ in Brussels, Belgium; Trainee with the Policy Planning Unit in the PrivateOffice of the Secretary General at NATO HQ

Why I Chose MAGES: I want to take part in a specialized program as MAGES represents and harden my knowledge in Transatlantic Relations, with focus on the EU while also being part of the international and political hub that DC represents, from the other side of my european home and perspective.

Intended Academic Focus: EU Foreign Policy & Transatlantic Relations and Conflict Resolution

Carisa Nietsche

Hometown: La Grange, Texas

Education: B.A. in Plan II Honors and Government from the University of Texas at Austin

Work Experience: Assistant at Brookings; Research Consultant at the Wilson Center; Stagiaire at the European Parliament

Why I Chose MAGES: I am excited to learn from some of the greatest minds examining the role of Germany in today's world.

Intended Academic Focus: European foreign and security policy and German foreign policy

Mikhail rindisbacher

Hometown: Claremont, California

Education: B.A. in Political Science and German from Grinnell College

Work Experience: Political Section Intern at the US Consulate in Munich, Germany; Communications Intern for Councilmember Blumkenfield at Los Angeles City Hall in California; External Affairs Intern at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.

Why I Chose MAGES: It’s an important couple of years for the EU and I look forward to studying them closely with my classmates and professors. I also can’t wait to meet more MAGI and SFS alumni and see all that DC has to offer, especially in an election year.

Intended Academic Focus: EU-US trade relations and nationalisms in Europe

Lauren Schwartz

Hometown: Hartland, Michigan

Education: B.A. in German from Princeton University

Work Experience: Intership at German Bundestag; Traineeship at the Allianz Cultural Foundation in Berlin

Why I Chose MAGES: I am excited about joining the interdisciplinary intellectual and professional environment offered in the MAGES program.

Intended Academic Focus: German and US federal structures and legal development

Bolton Smith

Hometown: Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Education: B.A. in Political Science and German Studies from Davidson College

Work Experience: Research Intern at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies; Europe Regional Editor for the Davidson International

Why I Chose MAGES: I chose MAGES to study modern European issues with an interdisciplinary approach in preparation to tackle future transatlantic/EU challenges.

Intended Academic Focus: EU Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Relations

Amanda Thoet

Hometown: Allentown, Pennsylvania

Education: B.A. in English and Communication Arts and Sciences from Pennsylvania State University

Work Experience: Fulbright ETA in Germany; Public Affairs Intern at the US Embassy in Germany

Why I Chose MAGES: I chose MAGES because of its exceptional reputation, professors and opportunities.

Intended Academic Focus: Public Diplomacy

Michael Voge

Hometown: Newport Beach, California

Education: B.A. in European Studies and German Studies from Brigham Young University

Work Experience: Intern at the US Embassy in Oslo, Norway; SWOhio TFA Alumnus; Client Partner for SoftServe, Inc.

Why I Chose MAGES: I am excited to be taking courses and working with some of the brightest and current professors in the nation and making new connections.

Intended Academic Focus: Political, economic and cultural relations between Germany and Eastern Europe