Megan McPhee '11 MPA '15, a native of Sudbury, Mass., is a summa cum laude Phi Beta Kappa Wilson School graduate with certificates in Latin American studies and musical performance. She held a summer internship with La Asociación Pro Arte y Cultura, a nonprofit organization in eastern Bolivia, and spent a semester abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
McPhee's SINSI internship was with the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization Planning Team embedded in the Office of the U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan. McPhee returned to the Department of State, to the new Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, as a fellow in the summer of 2012 and took over as Country Officer for Mali, Office of West African Affairs, Bureau of African Affairs in November 2012. Following a summer's language training, she was posted as the political military officer at U.S. Embassy Bamako, Mali through February 2014. McPhee spent a fellowship rotation at the U.S. Special Operations Command's Office of the Foreign Policy Adviser, Tampa, Fla., before returning to State's Office of West African Affairs for her final fellowship rotation.
One aspect of SINSI that most drew me to the program initially is the way it combines formal education in policy issues and directly applicable, hands-on experience through the internship and the fellowship. My internship at the Department of State was a phenomenal learning experience in which I worked on a wide array of issues relating to Sudan such as child soldiers, US diplomatic expansion in South Sudan, and interagency planning and cooperation. I also worked directly with Sudanese diplomats on consular issues. SINSI has provided wonderful mentorship opportunities and personal access to some of today's most experienced and impressive leaders in a variety of fields. The SINSI community itself is an incredible group of people with diverse interests who all share an underlying passion for public service. Because of the tools and resources that SINSI provides, I am already laying a foundation to pursue a career that I am excited and passionate about.