Student Housing Request
A Global Grant Scholar is looking for short term housing during her internship with the State Department this fall. Please contact her if you can help.
My name is Hannah Jordan and I am a global grant scholar sponsored by Rotary Menlo Park near San Francisco. I am currently a graduate student at the University of Kent in Brussels, Belgium. I am graduating with a Masters degree in International Conflict and Security with a focus on West African conflicts and security policy.
I am very pleased to say that I have been accepted to a State Department Internship in Washington in the Bureau of African Affairs in the Conflict and Stabilization Unit. I will be moving to the Washington DC area in September for a Fall internship. The reason I am writing to you is because I am looking for housing for the duration of my internship.
A little about me. I graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelors degree in international affairs in 2010. After UVA, I became a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, West Africa and lived in a rural village near San, Mali for over a year. I worked primarily on Health and water and sanitation, building pit latrines, doing a weekly radio show and giving presentations about malaria to villages. Unfortunately the Peace Corps was evacuated due to the fall of the government. Next I went an worked in an NGO in Kampala, Uganda called BeadforLife. While at BeadforLife I was a development intern, working with tortured women from Northern Uganda on business development. After my internship at State, I hope to be granted admission to a PhD program (Johns Hopkins in my first choice), focusing on the motivations behind combatants in West Africa and looking at organizational structure, theorizing that the motivations for the top level differs with the level of fighter.
I am very pleased to say I will be graduating soon with my Masters degree and am currently writing my dissertation on US Foreign Policy in West Africa. Unfortunately there is no way I will be able to live in Washington DC and pursue this wonderful unpaid full time internship without some help from a fellow Rotarian. My mother is a full time art teacher in Washington State and is unable to give me financial assistance during my internship, given she is a single parent.
I have set up working part time at my old employer, lululemon, which will give me enough money to pay for monthly transport and food. This leaves me absolutely no room to pay rent. Given my situation, I feel this internship is going to be instrumental in my future career and am trying to find any way to work full time at State and part time at lululemon, enabling me to move toward in my career goals.
I understand I am asking for a great deal. The Rotary club has changed my life with my global grant, and allowed me opportunities I would not have been able to pursue otherwise. While in Washington I will be holding a 40 hour internship, a 25 hour a week job and studying for my GRE’s to grant me entrance into a PhD program. The next year will be very challenging, but I know with a little help from the Rotary Club Washington I will be successful in my goals.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me. I can provide references, my CV, and papers that I have written for my masters degree. Thank you so much for your kindness. If you could send this email out to your club I would be forever grateful.
All my best,
Rotary International - Global Grants Scholar
Brussels School of International Studies - MA Candidate: International Conflict and Security, University of Kent - 2014
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer - Mali, West Africa 2011-2012
College of Arts and Sciences - BA International Relations, University of Virginia - 2010
United States Department of State - Political Affairs Intern 2009
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