Katie is a rising senior at the College of William & Mary, double majoring in Linguistics and French and Francophone Studies. She is passionate about the French language and culture, among many others such as Arabic, which she began studying last fall. She has been studying French for about 11 years and hopes to further her studies of Arabic in the future. Following her semester abroad studying at L’Université Grenoble Alpes: Centre Universitaire d’Études Françaises, she is looking forward to continuing my time in a country that she loves, speaking a language she loves, and doing something she hopes to do in the future, public service.
Being the daughter of two Commanders who served in the United States Navy, she was exposed to the pride, honor, and also the hardships of serving for one’s country and raised under the principles of giving back when and where you can. She sees this opportunity as a chance to serve my country and she is honored to be following in the footsteps of such an inspirational and strong woman.
Irene is a senior at the University of California, Davis, majoring in International Relations and Spanish and minoring in Mathematics and Managerial Economics. Growing up in a bicultural French-speaking household, she became interested in discovering new cultures and languages early on. Irene is passionate about studying international economics, and she plans to pursue a career in public service.
During the summer of 2017, Irene interned at the State Department in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Throughout the internship, she researched topics related to Central Europe such as energy security, Russian influence, and Central Europe's military contributions to the Defeat-ISIS coalition. Irene also helped coordinate relations between the U.S. Embassy in Prague and the State Department Headquarters in Washington.
Previously, Irene interned at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, where she witnessed multilateral diplomatic negotiations, and she also interned at the Department of Commerce, where she learned about the promotion of American companies abroad. In addition, Irene undertook leadership roles at UC Davis as the President of the International Relations Student Association, a networking for students passionate about foreign affairs, and as the Head Delegate of UC Davis’ Model United Nations team.
Irene was inspired by the way Ambassador Harriman represented the U.S. government in France and encouraged youth to become involved in public service. Irene was honored to serve as a Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellow for the summer of 2017.
Alexandra Vermooten is a rising senior at the University of Texas at Austin and is currently pursuing a B.A. Degree in International Relations and Global Studies, with minors in Arabic and International Security. She first completed her Associate’s Degree, with honors, at Lone Star College Montgomery, where she was also a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. Throughout her college career, Alexandra has dedicated herself to political engagement work and community service; she served as one of the first student representatives on the LSC-Montgomery Civic Engagement Committee, founded a civic education organization called LSC Leaders in Liberty, and represented her college at the 2015 New Leadership Texas Forum in Austin. After transferring to UT last fall, she was elected as Engagement Director of the university’s local chapter of a national women’s political empowerment organization called IGNITE, Prior to the 2016 presidential election she volunteered as a Voter Deputy Registrar and is currently volunteering as an Arabic translator/tutor for Iraqi refugee children at a local elementary school.
During the summer of 2015, Alexandra experienced her first introduction to a career in public service as an intern in the District Office of State Senator Sylvia R. Garcia in downtown Houston. In the summer of 2016, she interned with the Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State, under Secretary John Kerry. During this time, she was able to observe and participate in high levels of foreign policy decision-making in response to terrorist attacks, military coups, climate change conferences, refugee crises, and upsets to the current system of international order. Having confirmed her passion for foreign relations and diplomacy through such a rewarding opportunity, Alexandra will be returning to the Policy Planning Staff this summer to gain more experience in her specific areas of focus. In addition to her studies, Alexandra now works part-time as an Undergraduate Research Assistant at the Clements Center for National Security, a Texas-based think tank, and was recently awarded a Clements Center Undergraduate Fellowship. She was also awarded a scholarship to study at King’s College in London in May/June of this year, which she will attend prior to her internship in Washington D.C.
Upon graduation, Alexandra hopes to join the Foreign Service on either the political or public diplomacy track. In addition to serving her country abroad, she will be pursuing her passion for assisting those most at risk in the global community, particularly refugees and victims of sexual and gender-based violence in the Middle East and Africa. Alexandra is extremely honored to have been selected as a 2017 Harriman Fellow and she plans to follow in the example of Ambassador Harriman through a passionate and dedicated career in diplomacy and public service.