Adam Tusin ’21 describes himself as a global citizen: born in California, he was raised in Singapore and has studied in France, Singapore and the U.S. That expansive world view led him recently to an internship with the French Embassy in Washington, D.C.
A double major in international relations and French, Tusin learned of the embassy position from a family friend. “It captured my attention, as working in diplomacy is what I would like to do when I graduate,” he says. At the embassy, he was assigned to work on higher education initiatives in the Cultural Services Department.
Tusin was tasked with implementing the Innovation Policy Internship Program, a project that brings American students together with French students to promote innovation and change in French public institutions.
“I analyzed reports and edited, proofread and translated documents from French to English and vice versa,” he says. “I also assisted in the organization of events such as the Embassy’s Bastille Day Party and receptions held at the ambassador’s residence.”
“Adam is a great team player, always eager to offer his help depending on the needs of the team,” says French Embassy Higher Education Program Officer Hélène Bouche. “His excellent interpersonal skills will be a real asset [if he] pursues a career in the field of international relations.”
The internship isn’t Tusin’s only experience in the public sector. In the summer of 2018, he served as a volunteer with the Singapore Minister of Parliament. For two years prior to that, he was a junior officer with the rank of sergeant during his national service with the Singapore Civil Defense Force, where he managed a crew of four firefighters.
At HWS, Tusin is a student assistant at the Bristol Field House, an America Reads tutor for local second graders, and a member of the Investment Club and French and Francophone Club. He is trilingual: fluent in English, Mandarin and French.
Next semester, Tusin will again study abroad in Nanjing, China with the goal of improving his Mandarin language skills. This will, he hopes, bring him one step closer to his professional goal of becoming a foreign service officer with the State Department or the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Tusin credits his international relations adviser, Associate Professor of Political Science Stacey Philbrick Yadav, as well as Professor of French and Francophone Studies Catherine Gallouët with providing the support and mentorship he relied on to excel in his field. “They have both been extremely influential and helpful in pushing me to take advantage of all opportunities,” he says.