Michael Creegan, who grad­u­ated from the Bach­elor of Sci­ence in Inter­na­tional Busi­ness pro­gram in the spring, said his aca­d­emic expe­ri­ence at North­eastern has pre­pared him for a career in the U.S. For­eign Service.

I believe my expe­ri­ence in the pri­vate sector can inform my work in the public sector,” said Creegan.

As part of the BSIB pro­gram, he spent two years in Mexico, where he was among the first Amer­i­cans to study at Uni­ver­sidad de las Amer­icas Puebla, the top busi­ness school in Latin America. He also learned a ver­sion of Spanish spoken by most Spanish immi­grants to America and worked for CEO Busi­ness Con­sulting, a firm that helps com­pa­nies in Latin and Cen­tral America break into the North Amer­ican market.

Creegan, left, with the US ambas­sador to Mexico, Anthony Wayne.

Creegan said his deci­sion to study in Mexico makes him well-​​suited for a career any­where in North or South America. “I see Mexico as the biggest player in Latin America,” he explained, noting its ver­sa­tile economy. “Spain and coun­tries all across Europe are cut­ting down in so many areas while it’s all about growth in Mexico and throughout Latin America.”

After making a con­nec­tion within the U.S. embassy in Mexico, Creegan was selected to attend a con­fer­ence in which stu­dents met to dis­cuss many of the same issues top diplo­mats address at the global G-​​20 con­fer­ence. Creegan led the Amer­ican del­e­ga­tion, which met just ahead of the 2012 G-​​20 con­fer­ence in Los Cabos, Mexico.

That expe­ri­ence, he said, helped him land a sim­ilar oppor­tu­nity this year: in August, Creegan will travel to Dubai for the Har­vard Project for Asian and Inter­na­tional Rela­tions con­fer­ence. There, he’ll attend ses­sions on secu­rity and diplo­macy in a sim­u­la­tion of the six-​​nation talks between the United States, Russia, Japan, China, South Korea, and North Korea. He and his peers will send their rec­om­men­da­tions to the real diplo­mats who address issues of Korean dis­ar­ma­ment in six-​​party talks.

The out­come of the conference’s talks will likely draw close atten­tion from the global diplo­matic corps, which is preparing for a new wave of meet­ings after North Korea announced last weekend an interest in returning to high-​​level talks with the United States.

This summer, Creegan will work for Bloomberg, the New York-​​based multi­na­tional mass media com­pany. He hopes the expe­ri­ence will pre­pare him to apply to work with the U.S. For­eign Ser­vice, where he’d work toward improving inter­na­tional trade.

You’re advo­cating for U.S. busi­ness abroad,” Creegan said of the work he’d like to do as a U.S. diplomat. “You meet with people in the pri­vate sector and pro­mote peace and pros­perity through fair trade and equal opportunities.”