POLI Alumni Spotlight: Ben Nelson

A Richmond, VA native, Ben Nelson graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2010. He majored in international relations and Middle East studies. In order to gain a foothold in international policy issues, he began a graduate program at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs in 2012. He focused on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. While studying at GWU, Ben completed several internships -at a conflict resolution non-profit called Search For Common Ground; at the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs; and at the office of U.S. Senator Tim Kaine. He also served as Managing Editor for the International Affairs Review, a weekly graduate student publication of the Elliott School. He graduated from GWU with a master of arts in international affairs in May 2014.

This summer, Ben started as an analyst with the U.S. Government Accountability Office. At GAO, he works in the international affairs and trade division, where he and his colleagues are engaged in evaluations of a broad range of federal programs from embassy security to food assistance.