Christian Medina

Student Testimonial

MA International Affairs (2016)

Project Management Officer, International Development Research Centre

What I enjoyed most about NPSIA was the flexibility – I was able to do a term at UBC in Vancouver that aligned with a sudden change in my family situation at the time. Professors and administrative staff were really flexible to help me complete my studies, which I really appreciated.

My studies at NPSIA helped get me where I am today because the Co-op program and the internship opportunities were valuable to get that important first experience and kick-start my career. It would have been very difficult to find a job directly in international relations if not for NPSIA’s connections. Personal connections with classmates are great too and I can always rely on those working on similar issues to give a perspective or a helpful opinion, even after all these years

In my current job position, I am a program management officer at the International Development Research Centre. As part of a small team, I am in charge of all program management and knowledge translation activities for a 5 year program supporting social science research in Myanmar.

My hope is to move into strategic partnership building and donor relations side of international development. I am forever internally debating if and when to get a PhD.