VALPARAISO | Valparaiso University graduate student Wissam Shahin, a Fulbright Scholar from Syria, is working as a summer intern with the Regional Bureau for Arab States, part of the United Nations Development Programme.
Shahin assists the UNDP's resources management adviser and will work with the Bureau Directorate in New York City through August.
A student in Valparaiso University’s international economics and finance graduate program, Shahin will put his classroom learning to work analyzing balance sheets and macroeconomic indicators, presenting forecasts for development and management projects, and researching and providing information for best practices in the area of shared services and audit.
“What really motivates me to pursue a career in this field is that I am from a region that has plenty of economic advantages, but there is still a high percentage of poverty, unemployment and other social and economic problems,” Shahin said in a written statement. “I am planning to occupy a position where I can help to decrease the economic and social suffering of people in this region and in the world.”
Previously, Shahin worked with the United Nations in Syria before his time at VU pursuing graduate studies.
“It has been a great experience dealing with such a professional, multinational staff at the UNDP,” Shahin said. “Also, it has been interesting to see how UNDP Headquarters works very closely with the economic and political leaderships of developing countries.”