Costa Rican Engineer Chooses Fletcher's Master Of International Business

Andres Valenciano, with an NGO background, joins Fletcher's MIB program this Fall

Why Fletcher?
I was debating between a number of programs and I decided to attend Fletcher because of the way the Master of International Business (MIB) is designed. The rigid curriculum during the first year, with mostly economics and business courses, provides the foundation for me to choose any field of study in the second year, when I can take dozens of interesting classes. In terms of my career, I was also attracted to Fletcher's international reputation and think the alumni network will open doors for internships as well as longer-term career options.

What have you been doing for the last few years?
Since graduating as an Industrial Engineer from the University of Costa Rica (UCR), I have worked with Habitat for Humanity’s regional office of Latin America and the Caribbean. I was in the Public Awareness department, working on housing, urbanization and development issues, covering countries around the world, but with a focus on Latin America. I’ve also worked with other local and international NGOs in a number of areas, including education, volunteering and corporate social responsibility.

What do you hope to do after the MIB at Fletcher?
I’m particularly interested in broadening my perspective on global humanitarian and economic problems and gaining the knowledge and tools to tackle them; whether in the public or non-profit sector I would like to return to Costa Rica someday and help my own country.

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