Ewa Staworzynska graduated from the MA in IR Program in 2018. She is from New York City and completed her undergraduate studies at NYU in Economics with a Minor in Business.
Where do you currently work and what do you do there?
I am a technical officer at the International Labour Organization (ILO), Office for the United Nations. Our work aims to promote international labor standards among United Nations Member States. My portfolio includes the General Assembly’s Second Committee and reform of the UN. I follow UN processes and provide briefings to the ILO headquarters.
How did the IR Program prepare you for what you're doing now?
The IR Program truly gave me a comprehensive preparation for my current role. My analytical and strategy skills were certainly improved thanks to the program. On a practical level, I learned to assess political risks, write position papers and statements, and negotiate, which have all been very useful in my career so far.
Why did you choose the IR Program at NYU?
I enjoyed my undergrad experience at NYU, so doing my masters there too was a natural choice. Moreover, the IR program is relatively small, which allowed me to connect with my professors and classmates. I also appreciated the program’s network and availability of professional contacts, and of course strategic NYC location; it made the transition to work-life smooth and easy.
Which was the class you most enjoyed? And the one in which you learned the most?
I genuinely enjoyed all my classes, but Negotiations with Professor Benaim and Professor Williams definitely stood out. The skills from this class have proven to be valuable, and the class dynamic was fantastic. Reality Shocks, taught by Professor Davis, was also a key highlight, as it taught me a realistic approach to politics and global affairs.
What advice would you give to future students of the program?
Take advantage of the NYU network, and seek advice from your professors - they are truly the best resource for career development.
What was your favorite place on campus? What did you like best about student life at NYU?
There is no better place than Washington Square Park. The atmosphere is unique, and it’s a perfect place to grab a coffee and do readings. The best part of student life was the availability of student clubs and the high number of relevant events on campus.
What was the best thing about living in NYC?
NYC has the best of the best within every industry, and the career opportunities are really endless. The availability of, and access to, experts, companies, organizations, and happenings makes NYC a perfect place to study and grow your career.
Last Updated October 21st, 2019