Ivie Myntti, Class of 2016
I consider Washington, D.C. home but I grew up overseas. I went to Wake Forest University for my undergraduate degree where I double majored in History and German. When I was a junior I studied abroad in Berlin at Humboldt University. While at Wake Forest I interned with a variety of organizations, ranging from working with ex-convicts from Virginia to organizing the Moravian Archives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
I chose the MAGES program because of its interdisciplinary approach to regional studies as well as its emphasis on gaining practical skills for professional involvement in global affairs. I plan to specialize in EU-Turkey and US-Turkey relations, and I am currently learning Turkish. In addition to being a student, I am also a research assistant. Ultimately I would like to work for the Department of State.
Summer 2015 Internship: German Marshall Fund, Berlin, Germany
From May 11th to July 31st I interned at the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Berlin, Germany, on both the Development & Partnerships and Transatlantic Leadership Initiative teams. I devoted half of my time to the Development & Partnerships office, where I conducted in-depth donor prospect research on companies investing in the Atlantic Basin economic sphere, particularly European firms involved in Middle Eastern and North African emerging markets. I regularly prepared both internal and external briefing memos and materials for senior staff and top-ranking executives at a variety of global firms headquartered in Europe. I provided recommendations on why and in what capacity the firms should partner with GMF in ways that catered to their corporate social responsibility missions as well as to their business interests in emerging markets. I also worked with the Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives team to coordinate events to engage international leaders in the US-European dialogue. I also took a Turkish language course over the summer with Deutsche Akademie für Sprachen (German Academy for Languages), which improved my confidence in speaking and writing.