Michelle Nedashkovskaya '16 MPA '20, of Staten Island, New York, graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton's Politics department, where she concentrated in international relations. She grew up speaking Russian and English and has attained advanced proficiency in German and elementary proficiency in Spanish, supplemented by her experiences studying abroad in Barcelona and Munich.
In summer 2014, she served as an intern for the Geoeconomics department at the Council on Foreign Relations, where she conducted archival research in Russian and German for an upcoming book re-examining the history of the Marshall Plan. Nedashkovskaya also served as a virtual research intern for the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, employing her language ability and familiarity with Russian culture to aid U.S. diplomats by conducting research on human rights violations and issues relevant to U.S. foreign policy.
After deferring her SINSI internship by one year to intern at the German parliament in Berlin, Nedashkovskaya, the 2016 Andrea Echikson ‘80 and Tom A. Bernstein Scholar, spent her SINSI internship at the Office of Central European Affairs with the U.S. State Department in Washington, DC. She began her SINSI fellowship in the summer of 2017 with the State Department’s U.S. Mission to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Vienna, Austria. Her second rotation was at USUN, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York City. In June 2019, she completed her final rotation in London at the European Development and Reconstruction Bank. She returned to Princeton in the fall of 2019 and has completed her degree in 2020.