Javier Montalvo

University of Maryland, School of Public Policy
Class Year: 2020

International Security and Economic Policy

I was born in New York City, and raised in Closter, New Jersey. I attended McGill University in Montreal, Quebec for my undergraduate education where I became interested in international relations. I was also interested in the formulation of trade policy and I studied economics as my minor concentration. While in college, I participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentorship Program, where I planned and implemented educational activity for at risk youth. In addition, I was a collegiate sprinter in track & field, where I helped my sprint relay team achieve second team all-Canadian merit for two consecutive seasons.

During my summer vacations, I worked in a New York City political campaign. I also worked for a legal startup company, where I conducted in person outreach in low-income communities that lacked affordable legal resources.

After graduating from college, I moved back to New York City to work as a government contracts assistant for a non profit organization geared towards social services. While at this position, I helped process contract documents to fund after school programs in low-income neighborhoods in New York city, and gathered statistics from databases to track rate of participation and enrollment. I also worked with city officials to ensure that they were in compliance with health and safety regulations.

I am honored to be selected for the Robertson Fellowship and believe that it would allow me to pursue a long term career in international affairs. My academic interests lie in civil conflict, terrorism, and international trade. While at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, I interned at the Department of Commerce in the International Trade Administration for two semesters.

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