For almost a decade, Tulane students have been putting their expertise in foreign policy to the test at the Model Organization of American States in Washington, D.C.
Tulane students have found that participating in the Model Organization of American States in Washington, D.C., can pave the way to a future career. (Photo by Edie Wolfe)
Ten Tulane students each year act out the General Assembly of the OAS, on behalf of the country they represent. They become well-versed in political and social issues, so that they can debate resolutions from the country’s viewpoint. This March, Tulane will represent Brazil.
“The returns on this program are phenomenal—both in terms of learning about diplomacy, human rights and geopolitics and in developing confidence, poise and professionalism in our students,” says Edie Wolfe, assistant director for undergraduate programs at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies
Costs to Tulane students have been kept low, partly because of the generosity of the Stone Center, 1985 graduate John Argenti (who established a fund for international study at the School of Liberal Arts), the Center for Inter-American Policy & Research, the Office of the Provost, the Newcomb College Institute, Newcomb-Tulane College and the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching.
Participating in the Model OAS can pave the way to a future career. That’s the case for Noah Montague, a 2013 graduate who is an intern with the Latin America Working Group in Washington, D.C.
“It helped me figure out what I wanted to do and stand out when I entered the job market,” says the three-time MOAS alum.
In addition to participating in the Model OAS, Tulane students who travel to Washington also explore potential careers by meeting with officials from a variety of organizations such as the International Monetary Fund and Save the Children International.
“The events in D.C. are definitely transformative,” says Wolfe, “and many students recall the Model as one of the most important experiences in their undergraduate careers.”
Mary Sparacello is a communications specialist in the Office of Development Communications.