Torrey Taussig, 2014, United States

Why I chose Fletcher: I came to Fletcher with a strong interest in U.S. foreign policy and a desire to build a career in public service. Before arriving, I was working in Washington, D.C., which I believed to be the center of the world (only half joking). However, there comes a time when everyone must realize that a world exists outside of “the Beltway,” and I was determined to experience it. I spent time talking with alumni from a number of different IR graduate schools, all of whom shared their unique experiences with me. Through these conversations, Fletcher seemed like the graduate school that would not only help me pursue my career goals and interests, but also open doors and opportunities I never knew existed.  

A quintessential Fletcher moment:  The moment when you realize that one of your Fletcher classmates has already had your dream job, and that he/she wants to take you out to coffee and tell you all about it.

Favorite Book:

Elegance of the Hedgehog

Favorite author:

Robert Frost

Favorite website:

realclearworld.com

Favorite city:

Paris

Favorite International Experience:

Hiking in the Cordillera Blanca mountains in northern Peru

Fields of Study

  • International Organizations
  • United States

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Fletcher Futbol
  • Student Council
  • Diplomacy Club
  • International Communications Club
  • European Club

Education before Fletcher

  • BA, Political Science and Economics, Williams College

Experience before Fletcher

  • Researcher, Glover Park Group, Washington, D.C.

  • Meetings Administration Coordinator, Council on Foreign Relations, New York, NY

  • Public Policy and Advocacy Intern, Save the Children, Washington, DC

Languages

  • French
  • English

Summer Internship

U.S. Mission to UNESCO (Department of State Internship), Paris, France
My work at the U.S. Mission to UNESCO was mainly in support of promoting U.S. commercial, political and educational interests at UNESCO. Specific projects involved drafting white papers on UNESCO public-private partnerships, writing briefing memos on UNESCO education projects including Holocaust Education and Teaching Respect for All, and conducting background research and reports on Middle East political issues pertaining to World Heritage. It was a very diverse internship where I was able to engage with a wide array of people from all over the world. A great opportunity to see U.S. diplomacy at work!