Nick Murray, Class of 2017
I am from Phoenix, Maryland, which is located in Baltimore County. I studied at Cornell University and graduated cum laude in 2011 with a major in History and minors in International Relations and European Studies. While getting my degree I made full use of summer internship opportunities. After my freshman year, I took part in an AmeriCorps summer school program at a Baltimore City elementary school. After my sophomore year, I interned with the American Red Cross, and after my junior year, I interned for my congressman on Capitol Hill. Feel free to quiz me on Capitol Hill trivia; if I don’t know the answer to your question I will gladly make one up on the spot!
I chose the MAGES program after flipping through a brochure while attending a graduate school career fair; just seeing the entire program’s focus on European affairs paired with a practical skillset for the working world sealed the deal. I am interested in the diplomacy certificate because diplomacy and conflict resolution have fascinated me since I wrote my undergraduate thesis on the French Indochina War, for which I got to travel to France to conduct archival research (For more information about the certificates available at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, click here). In addition to my academic interest in diplomacy, I have a personal interest in the field as my family has roots in Northern Ireland. I am looking forward to finding internships during my time at MAGES, and in terms of long-term career goals, I would love to work in a diplomatic capacity, or perhaps in international business or communication. I believe my studies and internships will help me to narrow my focus over the course of the next four semesters.