Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Joel Wiseman: A Trade Student Goes to Washington

November 30, 2009

Joel Wiseman (IPS '09) interned at the Trade Information Center of the Department of Commerce in Washington DC last summer. Donning a suit and tie, Joel educated individuals about the rules and regulations - how to export and import products - of trade agreements.

A current member of the US Navy Reserves, Joel graduated from Chaminade University with a degree in political science and history. He has also studied the Spanish, Russian, and Arabic languages.

Joel originally intended to specialize in security studies until coursework in global politics and economics sparked his interest in international trade. He explored these subjects further by completing major term papers on the dynamics of the opium drug trade in Afghanistan.

After graduation, Joel hopes to continue gaining knowledge and professional experience in the the trade field.

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