From Here to There
Like many UB students, Alexis Ramdass, B.S. '17, juggled multiple responsibilities along with her international business and social entrepreneurship classes. Now she’s settling into her first post-college job as staff assistant in the U.S. State Department’s Office of Development Finance. She’s looking forward to supporting her department’s work in developing countries, plus "I'm especially excited about the potential for foreign travel in this job," she says.
"I would travel every day if I could - my goal is to visit 20 countries by age 30."
Ramdass believes her UB experiences helped prepare her for her current success. "I'm definitely using tools from my work and internships," she says. "And I also learned from my classmates. Some of them had been in the business world for 20 years and it built my confidence to interact with them."
Here are some ways Ramdass spent her days during her senior year and the insights she gained:
Intern at The Samaritan Woman, a nonprofit that offers shelter and resources to victims of domestic human trafficking: "Their work inspired me to seek out an organization that makes a difference for people. I helped with coordinating projects and events, developing skills I use in my job today."
UB Global Field Study trips to the Philippines and Thailand: "I wanted to learn more about other cultures and ways to support people around the world."
Working as an independent travel agent: "I had to plan my time well to fit the work in. I would travel every day if I could—my goal is to visit 20 countries by age 30." (At 22, she’s already crossed 13 off her list, including Argentina, Morocco and Jamaica.)
Pathways intern at the U.S. State Department: "This opportunity led to my current position. The Pathways program offers paid internships to students exploring careers in the federal government."