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International Studies

Kim Pittman

Class of 2012
Major/Minor
international studies

Kim Pittman ‘12 had a great summer internship, but she can’t really talk about it.

The international studies major with a concentration in peace and conflict studies was the recipient of a $15,000 scholarship offered through I-FUND’s National Security Scholars Program. Kim spent one month working with Serco, a defense contracting company in Columbia, MD, and then was placed with the National Security Agency, where she worked with classified information.

“The internship bolstered my appreciation for national security and heightened my interest in working in that area,” says Kim. “There’s a sense of pride in working to secure your nation.”

“The potential is there for post-college employment,” Kim says. “It was very useful building contacts in the Agency who can help me with my chances of making that dream come true.”

Her Washington College professors are also pushing her toward that dream.

“I’ve had some wonderful classes, but if I had to choose a favorite I would have to say Dr. Wade’s ‘Comparative Peace Processes.’ The issues of conflict resolution resonate for me. Peace is really difficult to achieve, but the fact that it’s difficult shouldn’t deter us. Dr. Wade is one of those inspirational figures on campus. She takes a lot of interest in her students and gives us the sense that we are the future, that it’s our job now.”

This fall, Kim learned that she has been accepted for another internship that will place her at NATO headquarters in Brussels next summer. Thanks to College President Mitchell Reiss, a former diplomat, WC is one of three colleges and universities in the nation to send summer interns to NATO.

“This will be the culmination of everything I’ve been doing—my coursework, my work with the International Studies Council, my participation in Model UN programs,” says Kim, who selected Washington College specifically for its international studies program.

Before she graduates, Kim wants to study abroad at the Rhodes University in South Africa, where there are opportunities to volunteer in the community. “I want to volunteer in a school and help in whatever I can so that, at the end of the day, I feel though I’m doing something positive.” She also hopes to go to the World Model UN in her senior year.

“My parents are happy that I’m getting to live my dream,” says Kim. “I never thought I’d be able to do all of these things so soon in my college education.”

Campus Involvement
  • Major: International Studies
  • Concentrations: Peace and Conflict Studies, Regional Concentration in Africa
  • Languages: Spanish; want to learn Arabic
  • Study Abroad: Spring 2011, South Africa
  • Pending Internships: Writing Center, Summer Internship with a NSA defense contractor
  • Douglass Cater Society of Junior Fellows

Q & A

Hometown? Bel Air, Maryland

Future plans? I am hoping to find a job in either an IGO or NGO; ultimately I want to work in the nonprofit sector since I would get the most fulfillment from this kind of work.