CIPI-EAC Fellows Depart for Summer Internships in Tanzania-Center for International Policy & Innovation - Carnegie Mellon University

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

CIPI-EAC Fellows Depart for Summer Internships in Tanzania

The Center for International Policy and Innovation (CIPI) is pleased to announce that two distinguished graduate students from Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College have been selected to serve as fellows with the East African Community (EAC). The 2012 CIPI-EAC Fellows, Ding Xu and Arlane Gordon-Bray, will spend 10 weeks living in Arusha, Tanzania, where they will work directly under the EAC Secretary-General, Dr. Richard Sezibera, and his executive team on regional economic development projects.

Now in its second year, this partnership between CIPI and the EAC offers students valuable experience working on regional economic development and financial integration issues with an intergovernmental organization. The EAC, whose member countries are Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda, works to “improve the quality of life of the people of East Africa through increased competitiveness, value added production, trade and investments.” Gordon-Bray and Xu will have the opportunity to put their public policy skills to use as they contribute to the work of the EAC Secretariat in fulfilling its regional mandate.

“For years I have been reading and writing about different countries and regions in Africa for my studies,” said Gordon-Bray, a rising second year Heinz College graduate student. “However, nothing can match actually experiencing the people, the country, and the continent. I am looking forward to this experience shaking up my common views about Africa, regionalization, and development. I am excited to have the opportunity to see things through an East African lens!”

Gordon-Bray just completed her first year of the Master’s program in Public Policy & Management (MSPPM) at Heinz College, where her studies are focused on International Development. Fluent in French, Arlane will be working in the EAC’s legal department and the Office of the Executive. In the fall, she will continue to add to her international credentials by studying at the Heinz College campus in Adelaide, Australia.

Xu is a 2012 Heinz graduate who earned his MSPPM degree with a concentration in financial analysis, economics, and operations research. Originally from Shanghai, Xu is assigned to the EAC’s Financial Sector department this summer. He will be continuing his education at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in the fall for an MPA in International Development.