International Policy Student Association (IPSA) Event for PICS students!

The International Policy Student Association (IPSA) will be hosting a “speed dating” event on Monday, November 30, from 6-7pm for undergraduate students interested in working abroad, or applying to fellowships in the international policy/business/economics field. There will be free foods as well!

IPSA is bringing in a number of current Ford MPP students who have worked in international development, diplomacy, education, and more. There will be time for undergraduate students to chat with each student about their experiences, as well as exchange contact information if they want to continue their conversation regarding applying to fellowships, resume review, and other existential life questions. This is a great opportunity to get one-on-one exposure with students with fascinating work experience.

Those students who want to attend the event should RSVP using this Google Form:

RSVP form for speed dating (Space is limited, so RSVP soon!)

April Shin


Below are brief bios of some of the MPPs who will be in attendance:

Trevis Harrold: Trevis Harrold graduated from the Eastern Michigan University with degrees in Economics and Political Science and a minor in International Business. He was awarded the Pickering Fellowship where he will continue on with his career as a Foreign Service Officer at the State Department.

Bradley Wintersteen: Brad graduated from Long Island University – Global College with a degree in Global Studies. His studies allowed him to live abroad while studying in India, South Africa, Germany, and the United States. After working for a year, Brad was awarded an AIF William J. Clinton Fellowship and worked for 10 months to develop the community outreach program for an education NGO in Bangalore, India.

Tarlie Townsend: Tarlie is interested in intersections of health, policy, and behavioral science. After earning a B.S. in neuroscience and a B.A. in Germanic Studies at Indiana University (2012), Tarlie began researching risk and uncertainty communication and its effects on decision making—first at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, and then as a Luce Scholar in Vietnam.

Michael Mansala: Born in Manila and raised in Minnesota, Michael Manansala was an Associate at DAI, where he supported the Food & Enterprise Development program in Liberia, USAID’s largest Feed the Future project in Africa. Michael also served as the Alumni Chapter Director for the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program in DC.

Maha Arshad: Maha Arshad graduated from the Institute of Business Administration in Karachi, Pakistan with a Bachelors in Business Administration. She taught in public schools for two years as a Fellow for Teach For Pakistan and later headed a development portfolio for a Countering Violent Extremism program before starting her Masters at Ford school.

Kenny Fennell: Kenny Fennell graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He spent 19 months in Kabul, Afghanistan supporting the USAID Afghanistan Engineering Support Program and, upon returning home, was the Program Lead for the Engineers’ Without Borders Boston Professional Chapter’s Honduras Program.

Meizi Li: Meizi Li is in the Masters of Public Policy program at University of Michigan Ann Arbor. She has spent the last two years abroad in China teaching english to students between the ages of 5 and 14. Meizi is interested in Non-Profit management in foreign countries, especially Asian countries.

Ryan Etzcorm: Ryan Etzcorn is a dual degree student at the Ford School of Public Policy and the Liberthal-Roegel Center for Chinese Studies. Three years of international travel-work as an entertainer alongside domestic education work in public schools pointed him toward a focused interest in the internationalization of education policy.


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