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Annie Schmidt

Program: INT Undergraduate ​​
Year of graduation: 2011
Concentration: Forced Migration

How did the International Studies Program impact you?
Being an INT student enhanced my experience at DePaul. INT introduces you to theories and concepts that are hard to deal with and discuss. I can no longer enjoy the same TV shows or newspapers because I find myself dissecting everything and coming up with unpleasant results. I feel like I do have a better understanding of the world, but I also realized that there are so many things I might never understand and my list of questions continues to get larger. I was able to meet great people, have informative and deep discussions, and develop relationships that I hope continue for several years.

My experience with International Studies helped me attain an internship at Centro Romero where I worked in an immigration legal clinic. At the end of my internship, I worked with my supervisor to write an article that was published in the Harvard Latino Law Review. INT helped me develop my writing skills and find theories to apply to the paper.

What are some of your major accomplishments since graduating from INT?
I have been offered GA positions and acceptance from top graduate schools in non-profit management.

What are you doing now?
I am the AmeriCorps* VISTA Supervisor for the Florida Literacy Coalition. I am currently working on my Certificate of Non-profit Management from Rollins College.

Is there anything you’d like to say to current or prospective INT students?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and get to know your professors! Do not be intimidated by their brilliance. They want to help you and you will get back more than what you put into the program if you try.​​​​