Alumna McKenna Andrews Interning for the German Mission to the UN

McKenna Andrews

       My Franke GLI experience began with the course "Can Giving Change the World?", and it concluded with the senior capstone "A Place to Call Home: Experiencing the Refugee Crisis through Simulation." Throughout my four years, I studied abroad for a semester in Karlsruhe, Germany, represented the global programs of ISEP and DAAD as an ambassador on campus, interned for the Global Engagement Office, and assisted the sophomore leadership seminar. It is probably safe to say that most, if not all, students active in Franke GLI have or want to improve an international perspective. From my experience alone, I can say with confidence that the program instilled not a desire but a necessity to remain globally aware and interculturally empathetic.


       Directly after graduating in May 2017 with a B.A in Organizational Communication, a minor in German, and a certificate in Entertainment Management, I spent my summer in Augsburg, Germany, working as an au pair to improve my language abilities and deepen my knowledge of the country that I love. Today, I am interning for the German Center for Research and Innovation at the German Mission to the UN in New York City, a place I never imagined I would live. The GCRI exists to be a one-stop shop for information about Germany that builds transatlantic cooperation. The main idea, for which I have much respect, is that academia has the power to connect and improve global relations -- something they call "science diplomacy." My responsibilities here include finding research projects happening or innovative creations developing in Germany, writing about these topics, spreading news about scholarships, awards or professional opportunities, and helping with local, public events that the organization hosts. Every day, I learn something new about Germany and its research-oriented culture, all while working in an environment where I can use and further improve my German. I cannot be positive where I will be five years from now; but, I can say with certainty that I'll be somewhere, pursuing global education, intercultural empathy, intercultural communication, and hopefully speaking German. I will forever be grateful to be a part of that 3rd Franke GLI class, as it provided me with such a strong foundation off of which I will build the rest of my career.


       If this topic interests anyone, I work very hard on the organization's Twitter page @GCRI_NY. As an individual interested in Germany, I would have definitely loved knowing about this resource before becoming their intern!