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Amanda Lundy

Amanda Lundy
Major:
Asian Studies, Music (Voice Performance)
Graduation Year:
Spring 2009
"The program provided a degree of specificity and understanding of the 'real world' of international relations that was missing from many of my undergraduate courses."

Discuss your general career path since graduating from UT.

After graduating from UT, I pursued a master’s degree in global politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I then worked at Oxfam GB in the United Kingdom domestic poverty program before being deployed for the humanitarian response in Kenya in 2011, also with Oxfam. After that, I worked as a short-term independent consultant with Save the Children UK as an education advocacy officer before taking up my current permanent position.

How did your BDP experience influence your career path and interests?

Knowing that I wanted to work in international development and/or international relations, the Global Studies BDP was an excellent opportunity for me to discover how my undergraduate degree courses related to those broader areas of work, and to learn about specific career paths for someone with my skills and background. The program provided a degree of specificity and understanding of the ‘real world’ of international relations that was missing from many of my undergraduate courses.

What do you value most about your BDP experience?

The BDPs provided the encouragement and scholarship funding to complete a Connecting Experience through studying abroad in London where I now live and work.