The resumé of Miguel de Corral, BA’13, reads like that of a foreign policy adviser. The international affairs major completed co-ops at the Geneva Forum in Switzerland and the NATO Defense College in Rome; field research in Israel, Palestine, and the Arabian Gulf; and Dialogue of Civilizations programs in Egypt, Geneva, and the Balkans.

In 16 countries, de Corral worked, studied, and conducted research, focusing on social and political trends in the Middle East. He published two scholarly articles and a dozen editorials, on topics ranging from the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt to Arab states’ role in defusing civil war in Libya.

For this two-time Presidential Global Scholar, forging connections is second nature. As the student speaker for Northeastern’s 111th Commencement, de Corral found himself on stage with keynoter Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group. Several weeks later, on the heels of a successful networking effort, de Corral landed a job with the World Bank Group in Washington, D.C., where he’ll assist the vice president for human resources with a range of initiatives.

“To really understand a region, you have to go there,” says de Corral. “In my career, I hope to counter isolation and conflict among nations with engagement and cooperation.”

Preparing future leaders like de Corral is a key goal of the Empower campaign. Support for co-op, study abroad, service learning, and research prepares students for leadership and global citizenship. Financial aid, including scholarships, graduate fellowships, and travel grants, opens Northeastern’s doors to a diverse, deserving student body—one driven by talent, optimism, innovation, and initiative.