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Julie Mandolini-Trummel

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University of Denver

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Julie Mandolini-Trummel (MA '17) took advantage of the Josef Korbel School's proximity to the mountains and ties to the international development community when she arrived at DU. 

She knew that the Korbel curriculum was both practical and flexible, but she also wanted to develop specific skills to round out her professional experiences. A concentration in Applied Field Research Methods and Data Analysis led her to her current position as head of business development at Kimetrica, a research and evaluation firm. While at Korbel, she was particularly impacted by Professor Carpenter's Social Entrepreneurship class and its application to real-world, blended-return case studies. 

But it was her experience outside the classroom that made her Korbel degree even more valuable. As part of her degree, she had internships, fellowships, and consultancies at the Posner Center, Engineers Without Borders-USA in Nicaragua, PeakChange, and BeadforLife. These experiences "allowed me to tap into the international development network in Denver and explore opportunities that pushed me out of my comfort zone in the best ways," she says. Ultimately, her time at the Posner Center led her to the job she has today.