Djibril Cherif

Originally from Guinea, I was raised in Morocco and attended a French International School. From an early age, I have always had a deep admiration for diplomacy and a great desire to follow the path of successful family members within the field of international affairs. After high school, I chose to attend Penn State and pursue two bachelors’ in both International Relations and African Studies. My international experiences include a study abroad in Switzerland and a series of internships: In Abuja, Nigeria, I worked at the Guinean Embassy, and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The following year, I participated in a State Department internship program, interning in the Political Section of the U.S. Embassy in Dakar, Senegal. Finally, more recently, I worked at the United Nations in New York as an advisor for the Permanent Observer Mission of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

The Penn State School of International Affairs Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) opportunity to concurrently work on both bachelor's and master’s deeply resonated with my desire to encounter the rigors of graduate school at an early stage. My decision to join the program was further influenced by the opportunity to learn from SIA's internationally renowned staff. With core faculty comprising of Ambassadors, senior-level officials, and accomplished academics, SIA stands as one of the top programs in the country with respect to international affairs. Learning from the distinguished faculty has not only enabled me to gain invaluable knowledge in my areas of expertise but it also allowed me to connect with top professionals in international affairs. Joining SIA has been the best academic decision I made at Penn State and I am extremely grateful for all of the experiences I have had in the program.

Djibril Cherif
Academic Standing: 
Class of 2020
Course of Study: 
Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution