International Studies Alumni: Where Are They Now? Willow Kreutzer

Understanding the value of the International Studies minor in enhancing her study of politics, Willow Kreutzer graduated from UK with a major in Political Science as well as minors in both International Studies and Women and Gender Studies. To further refine her knowledge in these areas, Willow completed certifications in Peace and Conflict Studies as well as Global Studies. Each of these academic areas stood to complement the other while providing her with a comprehensive background in political theory. Willow sees the International Studies minor as having allowed her to focus her interest in political science within the areas of international relations and politics.  

During her sophomore year, Willow had the opportunity to complete coursework for her IS minor while studying abroad in Spain. She completed demanding courses in international politics that she believes greatly enhanced her ability to engage in vital discussions through applying an expanded worldview. Employing her studies of international politics abroad, Willow later worked as a research assistant for two professors at the University of Kentucky, focusing on the issues of voting in Trinidad and Tobago as well as military coups in various countries.

Upon graduation, Willow was employed as a Junior Analyst for a government contractor in Washington, D.C. In this role, she helped with grant administration for organizations working with homeless communities. She now lives in Chicago where she is employed by a market research company as a Research Analyst. In regards to both of her employment opportunities, Willow felt as though the internationally oriented background of her university studies was a focal point among her employers. She believes her education and experiences demonstrated that she possessed a respectful understanding of other cultures and that she was receptive to differing viewpoints.


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