Ariana Scurti

Maryland School of Public Policy
Class of 2019

Ariana Scurti is graduated from the University of Connecticut Honors Program in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations (with a focus in Human Rights and Development), a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, and a minor in Economics. In the fall of 2017, she will pursue a Master of Public Policy (MPP) with a specialization in International Development Policy at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. In 2015, Ariana’s interest in economic development began when she interned in Guatemala with Social Entrepreneur Corps and Soluciones Comunitarias, a non-governmental organization that champions the MicroConsignment Model. The following summer, Ariana gained more experience in social responsibility as the Corporate Social Responsibility intern at Dunkin’ Brands, parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins. There, she analyzed competitor data and expert literature regarding yearly corporate social responsibility reporting and goal setting to make effective recommendations for the Dunkin’ Brands sustainability strategy. During the summer of 2017, Ariana will serve as a University of Connecticut Human Rights Institute Summer Internship Fellow at Social Accountability International (SAI) in New York City, the non-profit that created the SA8000 Standard. At UConn, Ariana served as a Trip Director for service trips to the Dominican Republic and Birmingham, Alabama, where students focused on community development and urban poverty, respectively. She has also traveled to India, Boston, and Oklahoma for other service trips and lived in Granada, Spain to study Spanish for a semester. She recently served as an International Orientation Ambassador for first year international students at UConn and in 2016, Ariana was selected to UConn’s Leadership Legacy Experience tenth cohort, the university’s prestigious leadership program.

Ariana hopes to work for the federal government to pursue work that inspires economic development through sustainable public and private partnerships, such as with USAID’s Global Development Alliances (GDAs) or the United Nations International Labour Organization. She is particularly interested in government’s role in international economic development and policy analysis in Latin America.