My Experience in the Capital of International Development

By Dennis Avila, MPP ’17

I had the great opportunity to visit Washington D.C. with five other classmates this past Spring Break. The trip was a unique opportunity for all of us to visit several organizations, NGOs, think tanks, etc. We also met with researchers and international development workers who shared with us their work, projects, and their career paths. During our trip, we were also able to participate in the Alumni Reception, where we met former Luskin students advancing their careers in D.C. This was especially significant because we talked to many recent grads who told us about their experiences after graduation.

For me, the trip was very interesting and informative because I am preparing to pursue a career in international development. Having grown up in Peru, I always had the desire to contribute to the development of countries in Latin America. That is why my undergraduate degree is in International Development Studies with a minor in Latin American Studies. Listening and learning from the experiences of the people already working in the development field was truly educational and eye-opening.

Since this is my last quarter at Luskin, this trip was a great opportunity to expand my professional network as well as get to know D.C. for the first time. I appreciate Professor Commins and Marisa Lemorande for their hard work before, during, and after the trip.