Yutha Basuseto, UMass Lowell '19, U.S. State Department

'UMass Lowell has definitely lived up to its promise to prepare us to be "work ready, life ready and world ready"'

Meet Yutha Basuseto, a rising junior and political science major at UMass Lowell who’s cutting her own path to a career in foreign service. First stop, the U.S. State Department.

During the school year, Yutha attended an on-campus lecture featuring New England’s Diplomat in Residence, which piqued her interest in applying for a State Department intern spot.

As an intern in the International Information Program Bureau, the Malden native spends her days working with various State Department staff, attending networking events and writing articles and blog posts for the editorial team. The highlight so far? Meeting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. 

“Someday, I would love to be a government spokesperson who can help explain U.S. policies to the world, and working at the State Department under the Public Diplomacy cone has really allowed me to test the waters,” she said. “I had the opportunity to attend department press briefings, which was much cooler to experience in real life.”

Yutha says she’s learning to take more initiative to explore networking opportunities as well.

“I love the people here. I’m excited to be part of this highly selective summer internship team, representing UMass Lowell while working side by side with like-minded Ivy League college peers who share my professional goals,” she said. “UMass Lowell has definitely lived up to its promise to prepare us to be ‘work ready, life ready and world ready.’”