Hello, everyone!

This is Brittany, BFI’s newest Program and Strategy Intern. I’m a second-year graduate student at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UCSD, currently earning my Master in Public Policy with an emphasis in Program Design and Evaluation. I received my undergraduate degree in Political Science from UCSB. I decided to take on this internship for the same reason I decided to pursue my graduate degree: to gain the technical skills necessary to make a positive impact on marginalized communities around the world.  BFI brings together so much of what I’m passionate about and what my academic training has taught me is integral to breaking the cycle of poverty in developing countries. I’m so happy to be a part of this organization.

I’ve taken several classes in my master’s program that enable me to better understand the unique and serious problems that the people of Burundi face―courses on food security, foreign aid, and policy analysis. I will take a class on humanitarian interventions this fall, which should further enhance my usefulness for BFI.

One of the main things that made me want to work for BFI is their commitment to promoting access to English Education in Burundi. Before starting my master’s degree, I worked as an English Language Teacher in Japan for 4 years as part of the JET Programme. Working as an English teacher and speaking with the local community helped me to understand the socio-economic advantages that English fluency can provide in this increasingly globalized society.

I love getting involved in causes that I’m passionate about, which is why I’m active in many clubs at my university. I’m the VP of Events for Women Going Global, a group that focuses on female leadership and women’s issues around the world. I’m President of Public Policy Series, a group dedicated to increasing awareness and comprehension of issues that require policy intervention. I’m also the VP of Marketing and Communications for my school’s student body government organization and one of the 2019-2020 Dean’s Fellows.

As BFI’s newest intern, I am willing to help in any way that I can! Primarily, I will help to review new policies and assess their implications for BFI’s operations. It’s exciting to get to apply what I’m learning in my master’s program to contribute to this organization. I will also help with marketing and social media. I look forward to keeping you updated on all of the wonderful work that BFI is doing and spreading awareness about Burundi to new audiences. Be sure to keep an eye out for more news on BFI!