Seth Leighton, 2012, United States

On Career Services: I was surprised at the level of support from the Office of Career Services. In my previous academic experience, OCS was a separate entity that was very “hands-off”. At Fletcher, the Professional Development Program is actually integrated into the first year curriculum, and there are weekly visits from alumni representing a wide variety of career fields. The OCS at Fletcher is actively dedicated to helping students not just in finding the next job, but discovering the right career path.

How my experience at Fletcher has changed the way I look at the world: There is a sense of possibility embedded deep within the Fletcher community. Many times in development work, there is a distinct threat of being overtaken by cynicism and hopelessness. However, the optimism prevalent among the Fletcher faculty, administration, alumni, and students provides energy to tackle the thorniest problems. Within the collective Fletcher community, the belief that we are developing the skill set to truly change the world is infectious.

Favorite blog:

Daniel Drezner (Go Fletcher!)

Favorite food:

Kimchi jigae

Favorite landmark/site:

Church of Saint George, Lalibela, Ethiopa

Experience when you felt the farthest from home:

Living in a furniture factory in Thailand

Favorite lecture attended:

Maritime History and Globalization

Fields of Study

  • International Organizations
  • Law and Development
  • Pacific Asia

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Fletcher International Law Society
  • Fletcher International Development Group
  • Harvard Law and International Development Society
  • Fletcher Social Business Club
  • Committee for Academic Integrity

Education before Fletcher

  • M.Ed, International Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • B.A., Psychology, Harvard University

Experience before Fletcher

  • Korea Development Institute School of Public Policy and Management, Visiting Lecturer - Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • University of Gondar/US State Department, English Language Fellow - Gondar, Ethiopia
  • Tokyo Parawood, Marketing Manager - Klaeng, Thailand


  • Korean
  • Thai
  • English

Summer Internship

  • Asia Foundation, China Study Tour - China and UNESCO - Bangkok, Thailand