Dung On

POLI Alumni Spotlight: Dung On

Dung is pictured here in front of the Bai Dinh Pagoda in the Ninh Binh Province of Vietnam, where she worked this summer for the Mekong Development Research Institute.

After Dung On graduated with a Political Science degree in spring of 2010, she worked at a law firm in Richmond where she was the point-of-contact for Vietnamese claimants affected by the 2010 British Petroleum Oil Spill. After about two years, she moved to Washington, DC to begin developing a career in international affairs. Soon she was offered an unpaid internship with Refugees International, an independent international NGO based in DC, which later turned into a paid part-time job. She is currently finishing her M.A. in International Affairs at the Elliott School at George Washington University. She also just completed a summer fellowship in Vietnam where she worked with the Mekong Development Research Institute on development issues covering a range of issues including ethnic minority groups, governance, education, and chronic poverty. At MDRI, she drafted proposals, participated in workshops with other development agencies, and assisted in conducting field research. Back in DC, while completing her M.A., she is still working at Refugees International as an Administrative Assistant; more specifically, she is working on the Partnership for Effective Peacekeeping (PEP), a non-partisan working group that Refugees International co-chairs. The group focuses on peacekeeping operations (mainly United Nations) and holds monthly forums that attract a variety of actors (U.S. Department of State, UN, NGOs, academia). She gives huge thanks to Professors Burdett, Hirsch, Newmann, and Saladino for their support and encouragement throughout her educational and career development.

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