2010 Japan Travel Fellows Include Two MSFS Students
Two Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) students -- Kent Mullen and Mark Skeith -- have been selected to be among 16 participants in the 2010 Japan Travel Program for U.S. Future Leaders, the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) announced recently.
The fellowship "is committed to fostering and supporting the next generation of American future leaders who can participate constructively in a greater U.S.-Japan bilateral dialogue," an APSIA press release noted.
The program, which launched in 2009, is sponsored by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP). Students, who must be master's candidates, are nominated by their U.S. schools; CGP makes the final selections in conjunction with APSIA.
During the ten-day program, the fellows meet with experts and leaders from the business, government, non-profit, and policy sectors. The participants will also engage in self-organized research activities in such areas as international economics, foreign policy, public diplomacy, national security and environmental sustainability.
- Kent Mullen's studies focus on the international political economy of Northeast Asia and U.S. policy towards the region. Prior to enrolling at Georgetown, Kent spent two years working for the Tochigi Prefectural Government in Japan as a Coordinator of International Relations. As an undergraduate student he studied at the University of Arizona, receiving a Bachelor's degree in Economics and East Asian Studies. He speaks, reads and writes Japanese. After graduating from Georgetown, he hopes to work in the public or private sector promoting further partnership between the U.S. and Japan.
- Originally from Maryland, Mark Skeith graduated from Wake Forest University in 2005 with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Global Trade and Commerce. After graduation, Mark spent two years in Japan teaching English with the JET Program in Iwate Prefecture and with a private company, Altia Central, in Gifu Prefecture. When he returned to the U.S., he spent two years as a political researcher and editor with the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C., covering both the 2008 U.S. presidential race as well as Japanese-U.S. relations. Before entering graduate school last year, he spent a summer visiting grassroots development projects in western Guatemala and writing blog entries for project donors back in the U.S. through a non-profit organization called GlobalGiving. Mark is proficient in both Spanish and Japanese, although it has been a while since he has used either language on a daily basis. His hobbies include soccer, hiking, bowling, photography, and travelling.
For more, see the APSIA press release.