Charlotte Volpe is pursuing a dual Master of Public Administration and Master of Arts in International Relations degree at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. At Maxwell, she plans to specialize in South Asia studies and develop a nuanced understanding of U.S. foreign policy in the region, as well as hone her Hindi language skills. She aims to join the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer upon graduation, working particularly on foreign policy issues that advance women’s social and economic opportunities.
Originally from New York City, Charlotte received her undergraduate degree in History from Barnard College. She became interested in international affairs through her studies of global history, and interned in the Public Affairs section of U.S. Embassy Rome during college. At Embassy Rome, she worked on public diplomacy projects that highlighted the strong bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Italy. Following her graduation from Barnard, Charlotte taught English in Barcelona, Spain and lived with a host family, whom she still stays in touch with today. For the three years before joining Maxwell, Charlotte worked at a nonprofit organization in New York City that sponsors Department of State-designated cultural exchange programs for international participants in the U.S. She enjoyed the opportunity to work on exchange programs that increase international understanding, and is looking forward to continuing to do so in a new capacity as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer.