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Alejandro Garcia


Undergraduate Degree
  • Class of 2011
  • IDP Major(s): Latin American Studies Major
  • Additional Major(s): Geography
  • Additional Master's Degree(s): M.A. Security Policy Studies, The George Washington University
  • While At UCLA

    Study Abroad:
    UCLA Travel Study, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, ACBEU, Summer 2009

    UCLA Marching Band (Trumpet Section Leader), 2007-2011
    Kappa Kappa Psi (Officer), 2008-2011
    UCLA Jumpstart (Corp Member), 2010-2011
    Center for American Progress (Intern for Progress 2050 Department), Spring 2011

    College Honors

    Undergraduate Research:
    Independent Study with Professor Stephen Bell (A pictorial analysis of modernization and transportation in Brazil from 1850-1950), Winter 2010 UCLA Center for American Politics and Public Policy (Exploring the effectiveness of race-based affirmative action programs in Brazil's leading universities), Spring 2011.,

    After UCLA

    I am currently a Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. I have previous experiences at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the National Defense University, and the Center for American Progress. I have a master's degree in Security Policy Studies from the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington, DC.

    Advice for Current International Institute IDP Students

    Go to office hours! Letters of recommendation are crucial for future job applications, so build relationships with your professors early! Study abroad and consider double majoring.