Class of 2016
Andy Furillo is a Class of 2016 IR/PS MPIA candidate, pursuing a dual career track in International Economics and International Politics and a Korea regional track. His interest in Korean affairs dates to high school, where he taught himself introductory Korean for his Senior Project. He visited the country for the first time during the summer after graduating high school, and while he fell in love with the vibrant culture and superb public transportation system, he was sobered upon visiting the DMZ. It marked the start of a deeper interest in the stark differences between the South and North. At UC Berkeley, he continued to build Korean proficiency, and also sought to foster cultural exchange on campus. He founded a new international subcommittee for the Committee for Korea Studies, one of the primary Korean student groups on campus; assisted and translated for visiting Korean officials and scholars at the Center for Korean Studies, a campus research institute; and studied abroad at Yonsei University in Seoul for six months in 2011. He has taken two additional trips to Korea since completing the study abroad program.
After graduating in Spring 2013, he interned at the California Governor’s Office for almost a year. He spent five months with the Constituent Affairs Unit, and in February 2014 transferred to the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, where he helped attract foreign investment to the state through the Targeted Employment Area certification program for EB-5 visa projects and conducted international trade research for the Governor’s portfolio. Upon completing his graduate studies, he aspires to play a role in promoting cooperation between the two Koreas.
Andy is currently interning at the Government Accountability Office in Washington, D.C., for the Financial Markets and Community Investment team.