Dan Scaduto

Dan Scaduto



United States

On the Fletcher Community

The first word that comes to mind when I think of Fletcher is “community.” When I visited campus in the fall as a prospective student, I was instantly struck by the cohesiveness of the students, faculty and staff. Throughout the application process I was surprised by how enthusiastically everyone within the community was willing to help – answering questions, lending advice and guiding me through the process. Even before I became a Fletcher student, I learned how vital this community would be for my personal and professional growth. Since coming to Fletcher, I've been able to witness the community in action. Students here support one another's objectives and are constantly learning from one another. I don't think a day goes by where I haven't learned something new from one of my classmates. At Fletcher, students, faculty and staff prioritize the success of everyone – both in the classroom and beyond. At each event on campus, I am always blown away by the faculty and staff's enthusiasm to participate – whether they're meeting with students for a happy hour in the Hall of Flags or hosting a program in coordination with a student club – they're always looking to be involved. Having spoken to several Fletcher alums over the past few months, it's evident that this community has long-reaching impacts. An alumna once told me that each professional position she ever held was facilitated in one way or another by a fellow Fletcher alum. The Fletcher community starts when you first walk into orientation but persists long after you're gone.

On the MATA degree

I chose the MATA program because it stands alone as the only truly joint degree program in transatlantic affairs. Through coursework, students on both sides of the Atlantic interact directly with one another via video conference to share ideas and to discuss the challenges and opportunities confronting the transatlantic relationship. The program empowers students to pursue their career aspirations by employing the full resources of both The Fletcher School and the College of Europe. These resources, coupled with the vast alumni networks of both institutions, are invaluable for securing a meaningful semester-long internship. By combining interactive coursework with a high-level internship, MATA students are afforded the opportunity to expand their academic backgrounds while gaining real-world experiences in transatlantic affairs. As a relatively new and small program, MATA students are developing their own unique community and have the opportunity to help shape the future of the program.

On the value of the Office of Career Services

The staff in the career services office are incredible. They're constantly working directly with students to help them find the perfect internship fit. As a MATA student searching for a semester-long internship in Europe, I've found the career services office invaluable. They are a connected part of our community, hosting professional development courses and workshops throughout the semester to ensure each student is prepared to achieve their dream job after Fletcher. Not only are they accessible throughout the year, they're extremely passionate about their work. If you're interested in an organization or a specific role, they'll make it their mission to help in any way they can.

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs
  • Fletcher Ski Trip Committee

Education before Fletcher

  • Bachelor of Arts, International Studies and Geography; minor: French, University of Richmond

Experience before Fletcher

  • Associate Account Coordinator, MWWPR, New York, NY
  • Intern, US Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, Washington, DC


French, English