Katie James ‘14 has already gained invaluable experience throughout her time at Pace, interning with renowned organizations and working tirelessly on and off campus, to make her dream of one day working at the U.S. Embassy in Paris and as an attorney aiding in the protection of civil rights, a reality.
Majoring in political science and minoring in history and peace and justice studies, Katie’s time at Pace has been spent putting her classroom experience to work, interning with several politically-conscious organizations like GOAL, a non-governmental agency that works to alleviate poverty. Her second internship as a summer fellow for Organizing for America gave her the opportunity to coordinate volunteers to aide in President Obama’s reelection efforts.
Her third internship with Control Arms, a global coalition that works with Member States of the UN and organizations such as Oxfam International to promote a bullet proof Arms Trade Treaty, was introduced to her by Dyson Political Science Professor Matthew Bolton, PhD, who encouraged her to apply and to whom she credits with guiding and inspiring her during her time at Pace. In addition to Professor Bolton, Katie praises professors Meghana Nayak, PhD, and Emily Welty, PhD, for the passion they exhibit in their fields.
“So far, I have been so lucky to have profoundly inspiring and intelligent professors. I cannot think of one person in particular, but rather three professors who have definitely shaped me into the student and person I am today,” she says.
Katie also points out New York City as the ideal location for all her career endeavors and chose Pace for its generous financial aid package.
“I have been lucky to have such great experiences at Pace,” she says. “It is a school that allows for personal mobility in both the school, and in your field of study.”
In addition to balancing her internship work, her full class load, and working as a Resident Adviser at the Fulton Street dorm, Katie has been volunteering in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts and is the Head Delegate of Pace University’s award-winning Model UN team, which travels across the country and world to compete with other universities.
During her sophomore year, Katie was president of the Lambda Sigma National Honor Society for second year students, whose focus was community service and civic responsibility. She is fluent in American Sign Language and plans to study abroad during the summer of 2013. All of her duties during her time at Pace have made her a standout candidate in her field, sure to impress any employer.
Written by Pace student Sarah Aires ’14