Bemnet Assefa
Category: Featured News, Graduate Profiles 2021, News, Students

Title: Bemnet Assefa (SFS’21) Seeks “Inspiring Spaces” in Post-SFS Career

Date Published: May 12, 2021

At a Glance

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Major: Culture and Politics

Certificate: Diplomatic Studies

Language: Amharic, Spanish

Experiences Abroad: Nairobi, Kenya; Mhaswad, India; Haiti and the Dominican Republic

On-Campus Activities: First-Year Orientation to Community Involvement, executive board of Georgetown University’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), research assistant for Prof. Shiloh Krupar in the Culture & Politics program, resident assistant

Off-Campus Activities: communications and impact assessment intern at the Mann Deshi Foundation and Microfinance Bank; campus director for the United Nations Millennium Fellowship; undergraduate legal intern for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project; diversity development intern at the ACLU; international engagement intern for the International Network of Boutique and Independent Law Firms; full-time associate for the Africa Practice at the Albright Stonebridge Group


Bemnet Assefa (SFS’21) chose to major in Culture and Politics (CULP) so she would have the academic freedom to explore a range of subjects and take classes with professors who inspired her. Research and numerous classes with Prof. Shiloh Krupar in the CULP program allowed her to do just that, combining Krupar’s research in geography with her own concentration in international law and human rights.

Assefa’s passion for exploration also took her abroad for internships and SFS-sponsored trips. During her first-year spring break, Assefa travelled to Nairobi, Kenya, with the African Studies Program to meet with local businesses and non-profit organizations, which motivated her to continue studying development in the Horn of Africa. After her first year at SFS, she worked as a videography and storytelling intern for the Mann Deshi Foundation in Mhaswad, India.