Andrew Kim '10 MPA '14, from Roslyn, N.Y., graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the Woodrow Wilson School with a certificate in East Asian Studies. He was awarded the Woodrow Wilson School Thesis Prize for his thesis on "South Korean National Identity and its Bilateral Implications in Northeast Asia." Kim speaks Korean and Chinese and has spent time working, studying and researching in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Seoul. As an undergraduate, Kim was selected as a James Madison Program Junior Fellow, received the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence, was co-founder/co-chair of the Asian American Studies Program Task Force and vice president of the Korean American Students Association.
He interned at the Department of Defense's Office of East Asian Affairs in the summer of 2009, returned to the Department of Defense for the initial rotation of his two-year fellowship in the summer of 2011 and subsequently moved to the Department of State's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs' Office of Korean Affairs. Kim's final rotation was at U.S. Embassy Yangon (Rangoon) as special assistant to the ambassador. Kim, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL), received his MPA in June 2014.
The idea of public service and affecting US foreign policy was always attractive to me, but I often found it difficult to identify attractive opportunities - positions that would fully utilize and expand my skills and interests in East Asian affairs. SINSI placed me in one of the most dynamic offices in the Department of Defense, working on security policy as a desk officer on China. Despite being a summer intern, I directly contributed to the highest levels of US-China defense dialogue and regularly worked with top level US and Chinese military leaders and policy officials. As a fellow, I have returned to the same office, contributing to work on both China and Korea policy issues, Because of the SINSI program's unparalleled guidance and resources, I have found a position that not onlyexercises my skills and interests but significantly affects the United States' relations with East Asia.