Sam Rasmussen ‘19, of Salt Lake City, Utah, is a 2019 cum laude graduate of the former Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, with a certificate in East Asian Studies. Rasmussen is the 2017 Frank C. Carlucci ’52 Scholar. Prior to starting at Princeton, Rasmussen spent two years serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) in Taiwan, where he learned Mandarin Chinese. After spending the first part of the summer after his freshman year backpacking through Vietnam and Cambodia, Rasmussen participated in a global seminar at Peking University in Beijing. He studied abroad at Tsinghua University in Beijing in spring 2017. At Princeton, Rasmussen was a volunteer tutor with the Petey Greene inmate tutoring program, an Outdoor Action leader, president of the Latter-day Students Association and worked in the Center on Contemporary China. Rasmussen spent his 2017 SINSI internship at the State Department's Burma Desk in the Mainland Southeast Asia Office, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. In 2018, he interned in the State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon, Burma.
Summer of 2017