GSPM Students Explore Politics and Business in the European Union

GSPM students pose for a group photo in Brussels, Belgium
GSPM students pose for a group photo in Brussels, Belgium
May 16, 2014

In a world that is being bound ever closer together, having a global perspective and an understanding of how to navigate different cultures will be essential to future leaders.

The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM), the world’s first and foremost school of applied politics, is providing the opportunity for students to broaden their horizons through its Global Perspective courses.

GSPM students recently travelled to Brussels, Belgium, the capital of the European Union.

During their time there, students met with the Spanish Ambassador to the European Union, heads of public affairs for the Spanish and United States missions to the EU, senior leaders at international public affairs and public relations firms, and members of the international media.

The opportunity to learn about EU politics and culture up close was a life-changing experience for one GSPM student. “After I was in Brussels for two days I knew I wanted to go back and that I was meant to be there,” said Katie Wilkerson. She says conversations with GSPM Professor Steve Billet, who created and directed AT&T’s public affairs division in the EU before coming to GW, influenced her thinking as well. “Being a lobbyist in the EU was something I never thought about and didn’t know was really an opportunity for an American, but after I was there I knew that I had to go back,” said Wilkerson.

Katie is hoping that the contacts she made during her study-abroad trip will help her get a job after graduation.

The school plans to continue sending students to Brussels, and with the launch of its new Advocacy in the Global Environment master’s degree, its Global Perspective course offerings are set to expand in the years to come.