Miguel De Corral, Class of 2013Major:
International Affairs, with a concentration in Middle East Studies
Arabic, Political Science, and History
Dialogues as a student:
Egypt Dialogue (2010), Geneva Dialogue (2010), Balkans Dialogue (2011) Dialogue doing research:
Dialogue as a TA:
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, and Kuwait (2012)
NATO Defense College (2011)
Geneva Forum (part of the United Nations Institute of Disarmament Research) (2011)
Where is he now?
Working as a Junior Professional Associate at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.
Experiences in IAF:
My experiences in the International Affairs program - whether in the classroom, on Dialogues of Civilization, or in international co-ops - were tranformative to say the least. The program was esential in providing me with multiple persectives on the critical political, social, security, and economic challenges we currently face. Moreover, I was able to learn from inspiring faculty, and work in organizations such as the UN and NATO. In short, the experiences from IAF were critical in my academic and professional development. I have no doubt that if it were not for the devoted faculty and the structured program in IAF, I would not have been able to progress as much as I did throughout my undergraduate career.
Advice for current or incoming students:
I would urge all incoming students to take advantage of as many options as possible that are offered in the IAF program. There are so many choices - Dialogues, co-ops, reseach projects, field experience - that truly enable students to mold their own education and professional path. Hence, I recommend incoming IAF students to start out early and pursue as many international experiences as possible. Furthermore, it is critical for students to interact with their professors in the program from the first semester.