|Muriel Van De Bilt|
|SFS, Class of 2017, International Economics
|São Paulo, Brazil|
|Language: Portuguese (native) and French|
|Proseminar: Economic Development and International Politics with Prof. Vreeland|
|Study Abroad: Paris, France in Fall 2015|
Fundação Lemann, an education-focused non-profit in Brazil
JP Morgan (Intern)
by Matt Ellison
For Muriel Van De Bilt (SFS’17), who came to SFS from São Paulo, Georgetown has been a place where she had the opportunity to explore her interests and rediscover her passion for international development. “I first came in knowing I wanted to work in the public sector,” she said. “Three years later, I found myself working on Wall Street and asking myself if that was really where I wanted to be. Now, I realize from my experience at Georgetown that I want to come back to school in a couple of years, and ultimately work on international development.”
International development, the core focus of Muriel’s academic studies, has been a consistent thread running through her time at SFS. She took her freshman SFS proseminar on Economic Development and International Politics with Professor James Vreeland. Later in her junior year, Muriel recalled, she took her favorite class, Political Economy of Inequality and Redistribution. “[The class] reminded me why I decided to choose my major and why I wanted to learn more about international development,” she said.
Muriel described how much she benefited from the advise of older peers and her advising dean, Polly Robey. “Some older members at Hilltop Consultants provided me with great advice. And I cannot thank enough my dean, Dean Robey, for her advice and support throughout these years,” she said. Offering her own advice to her freshman self, Muriel said, “don’t take everything too seriously. It will just give you a headache.”
Outside of the classroom in addition to her work and internship experience, Muriel has been very active in Hilltop Consultants, Brazilian Club, and two of Georgetown’s cultural dance groups, Rangila and Reventon. “Performing at Rangila at the Kennedy Center during my sophomore year is definitely one of the highlights of college,” she said.
After graduation, Muriel will be moving to New York City to work for Stategy3, a marketing consulting group within Ipsos the global market research and consulting firm, Ipsos.