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Jessica Karbowski

“The impact Model UN had on my life is incredibly significant,” says Jessica Karbowski, a 2004 Alma College graduate and a four-year member of Model UN.

Upon serving as a delegate from Mauritius at the National Model UN Conference, Jessica became fascinated with using information and communication technology to achieve development goals in Africa. “Representing Mauritius in Model UN formed the basis for my Fulbright research proposal,” she explains. Exploring complex issues in Model UN also gave her the tools to embark on internships with a non-governmental organization in Tanzania, the U.S. Consul General in Nigeria, and the U.S. Mission to the UN in New York.

After winning two prestigious scholarships — the Fulbright and the Truman and spending a year in Mauritius, Jessica was admitted to Harvard, Stanford and Yale law schools, eventually selecting Yale. She clerked for the Alaska Supreme Court for a year before accepting her current position as an attorney-adviser in the U.S. Department of State’s Of ce of the Legal Adviser.