Olga Boichak was a Graduate Scholar in 2015 when she interned for the Center for European Policy Analysis.
Where are you from?
Where did you go to school? What did you study?
I received my master’s in public administration (MPA) at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
What was the best part of your internship?
The best part of my internship was finding new, unanticipated connections between the work I did during the internship and my future academic career. While in DC, I met my future advisor, defined my topic of interest, networked with professionals in the field, and came back ready to start a doctorate.
What lessons did you learn that you would like to pass on to future interns?
Take chances: dare to explore the things you are passionate about, regardless of how relevant those might seem. Opportunities await those who have the courage to pursue their dreams.
What are you doing now?
I am a social science PhD student at Syracuse University. My research focuses on crowdfunding, particularly ways in which civil society actors engage with social media to build resilient human infrastructures in the times of crisis.
What do you hope to be doing in 10 years?
I can see myself coming back to Washington, DC to work for a foreign affairs think-tank.
What is your favorite book and what are you reading now?
The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology by Ray Kurzweil – a captivating read on the future of computer-mediated humanity.
Tell us a fun fact!
My two siblings are much younger than my two children – it’s always fun to explain our family ties to the new people we meet!☺