Hillary Clifford, 2013, United States

Program Manager, US Department of State - Washington, DC

Why I chose Fletcher:  I was initially drawn to Fletcher because I wanted to have as much control over my course of study as possible. My undergraduate institution had no core curriculum, and I was uncomfortable with the idea of being forced to take classes that I was not interested in. Being able to take classes inside and outside of my fields of study meant that I could get exactly the education I wanted. I am also a Boston native and being able to return home after two years abroad was a great benefit to attending Fletcher.

On Career Services: I was skeptical about the Professional Development Program (PDP) at first because I didn't think I would get a lot out of it. PDP also happens every Friday morning at 9 am, and I wasn't thrilled about having an extra class on my only day off on a weekday. However, I was very impressed by how much I  learned through these sessions, and looking back on previous job searches, I can better pinpoint exactly where I went wrong. The Office of Career Services (OCS) was been a great resource during the internship search process, and they really emphasized leveraging the alumni network to find a job.

Favorite Book:

The Bell Jar

Favorite Author:

John Irving

Favorite Movie:

Good Will Hunting

Most Rewarding Trip:

Seeing the last herd of wild giraffes in West Africa after taking the GRE in Niamey, Niger.

Best Place to Study:

The Harry Potter Room in Ginn Library

Fletcher Capstone

  • US-Africa Trade Policy

Fields of Study

  • Development Economics
    International Business Relations

Summer Internship

United States Treasury, Office of Energy and Environment - Washington, DC

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Fletcher Business Club
    Fletcher Office of Admissions

Education before Fletcher

  • BA, Economics, Smith College

Experience before Fletcher

  • United States Peace Corps, Business Development Volunteer - Malanville, Benin
    New England Pension Consultants, Portfolio Analyst - Cambridge, MA


  • French