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Student Achievements: Brigid Otieno


As we head into the final weeks of the academic year, we begin to tally all of the many achievements of Trinity students. I will feature student achievements on this blog throughout the months of April and May, so if you have some notable news — academic awards, fellowships, internship experiences of note, acceptance to graduate and professional schools, plans to enter the Peace Corps or Americorps, or similar academic and professional items — please send them to me with a brief essay about your achievement and goals. Photos are also welcome. Send to my email:

Our first student achiever: Brigid Otienootieno-1.jpg

Brigid has been accepted into the highly competitive 2008 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program at Howard University. She follows in the footsteps of Leah Martin ’07 who won a prestigious Rangel Fellowship for postgraduate study in preparation for a career in the foreign service.

Brigid wrote this about her interests in International Affairs and her plans:

“My interest in International Affairs began when I traveled with my father in Eastern Europe to Poland. My experiences in Poland enriched my knowledge of the global world and fueled my interest in pursing a degree in International Affairs and a career in the United States Foreign Service. In high school, I received the opportunity to become a high school foreign exchange student in Sicily, Italy. My overseas exchanges and travel experiences have shaped the person that I am today as well as developed my interest in pursuing a career in government civil service. I was raised abroad in Kenya, Africa and traveled and studied in Africa, Eastern and Western Europe as well as India.

“As an International Affairs Major at Trinity, I have acquired leadership and cultural skills as well as analytical skills. Last year I studied abroad for 2 semesters in Brussels, Belgium and I developed my working knowledge of European affairs and politics. In Brussels, I interned with the Royal Museums of the Fine Arts of Belgium. There I mostly translated documents, helped with museum exhibitions and did research on neo-classical french painters.

otieno-2.jpgCurrently, I am an intern at the United States Department of Labor in the Bureau of International Labor Affairs. I mostly conduct research on international economic trade, immigration and labor issues. Thanks to my traveling I have working proficiencies in the languages of french, spanish, italian and now I am hoping to continue pursuing Arabic.

“Ultimately I seek to further enhance my educational goals and career goals. My long-term career goals include working in an international political setting after graduation. I am quite familiar with foreign affairs issues and this program would enable me to enhance my skills in pursuing my goal.

“As a member of the Trinity IC program, I have been exposed to many of the agencies here in DC as well as the US intelligence community. As a People For Fellow for 2007, I hope to continue the pursuit of standing up for issues that I am passionate about as well as inspire other women to pursue their goals.

“I look forward to the Charles B. Rangel program as it will enhance my textbook knowledge of the inner workings of the international affairs as well as provide me with an outlook of the realities of working in a public policy political setting. “

Congratulations, Brigid, and we’ll be eager to hear about your summer experience!

Students, please send me your achievements, essay and photos to

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