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Aerin Cho


Undergraduate Degree
  • Class of 2008
  • IDP Major(s): International Development Studies Major
  • Additional Minor(s): Geography
  • Additional Master's Degree(s): MPA in International Nonprofit Management & Policy
  • While At UCLA

    Study Abroad: Thammasat University;Bangkok, Thailand. 2007/Spring Semester + Summer Field Study.

    Research Assistant for the National Day Labour Study in UCLA Center for the Study of Urban Poverty *Grass-root NGO in Bihar, India *Rural Field Internship in Roi Et, Thailand *International Institute Student Association (IISA) *Residential Hall Staff - Intercultural Activity Commissioner.

    Awards: *URSP Scholar Undergraduate Research: *199 Research "The Study of Microcredit: Comparing Grameen Bank and a Grassroot NGO in India" (Supervisor: Professor Leobardo Estrada) *IDS Departmental Honors Thesis "Social Business Entrepreneurship: A Case Study of Thailand's Search for an Innovative Solution to Urban-Rural Development Gap" (Supervisor: Professor Leo Estrada, UCLA School of Public Affairs)

    View research paper, thesis, or dissertation: rf1_a840c6de.doc

    After UCLA

    Associate, Microsoft Japan MPA in Nonprofit Management & Policy, International Development Specialization

    CV/Resume: cv_a840c6de.doc

    Advice for Current International Institute IDP Students

    As broad as the field of international development is, there are so many opportunities and you will never be bored in it (if not overwhelmed with amount of information). What I found helpful for myself is to have a mindset to enjoy the ride through it, and to find my niche by networking and working with colleagues in partnerships. Also knowing what issue you're interested in, though this may change, has helped me form concrete steps or smaller steps towards the goal.