Joseph Bateman, 2015, USA

Why the MIB: I chose Fletcher because of the MIB degree, which combines a rigorous core curriculum in the foundations of international business with the necessary political, economic, and social frameworks in which all companies operate. Fletcher's MIB program recognizes that businesses don't operate in a vacuum, and that making successful management decisions requires a deep understanding of the context of the problems facing these businesses. A firm that manufactures its product in Brazil, contracts the transport to the United States from a Panamanian shipping company, and sells the product to a retailer in the United States faces unique potential legal and commercial issues. The Fletcher MIB equips students with the tools to analyze these interesting issues of international business and come up with ways to address them.

On the Office of Career Services: The career services at Fletcher are unparalleled. Whether students are interested in pursuing jobs in the private, public, or non-profit sectors, there are experts ready to help them tailor their resumes and "elevator pitches" to be most competitive in their desired field. Fletcher's Office of Career Services also understands that many people go back to school to switch career fields or shift focuses within their field, and they understand how to help students do this successfully. Additionally, Fletcher has an incredibly large alumni network that is unusually willing to help out students who are looking for help in entering the job market.

Favorite blog

Bloggins by Boz:

Favorite book:

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Favorite food:

Lomo Saltado

Favorite city:

Most interesting person you’ve met at Fletcher:

Someone who is German and Rwandan who grew up in Zambia and went to university in Hong Kong

Fields of Study:

  • International Business and Economic Law
  • Strategic Management and International Consultancy

Activities involved in at Fletcher:

  • International Business Club
  • Latin America Group
  • WILD

Education before Fletcher:

  • BA, International Studies, University of Mississippi
  • BA, Spanish, University of Mississippi

Experience before Fletcher:

  • Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), Program Officer, Washington, DC, USA
  • Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), Program Assistant, Washington, DC, USA


  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • English