International Studies is a gateway to endless career possibilities. For Kimberly Kerr ’12, her International Studies education has led to the cusp of a budding career in international law. This fall, she will begin her third year of law school at the St. Thomas University School of Law, located in Miami, Florida. Kimberly, a Jamaica-native, credits her International Studies major with helping to set her apart from peers in her first year of law school.
“When I took international law in my first year of law school, I had a good foundation that came from my international studies courses,” Kimberly said during a phone interview. “I was able to participate more than other people at the start of the class because of was familiar with a lot of the terms about immigration, non profit organizations and the UN.”
Kimberly’s success in her international law course inspired her to apply for her law school’s competitive Pax Romana United Nations Internship Program. She was one of a select group of law students to receive a legal internship with the UN. Kimberly, who graduated with double major in Politics and a minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, was placed with the UN Permanent Mission of Honduras for Summer 2014. Her responsibilities include representing the Honduran Mission at key UN meetings and drafting reports that are reviewed by the UN Ambassador to Honduras.
After completing her internship, Kimberly will return to Miami to begin participation in a full-year immigration clinic to complete her legal studies. She will be part of a small team of students that will review immigration cases focused on asylum request, domestic issues, and other related immigration matters. Kimberly hopes to have a long career as an immigration lawyer/specialist.
She is thankful for her holistic education at Fairfield. Kimberly does, however, advise current International Studies/International Business majors to take full advantage of opportunities as undergraduate students. “There are lots of things that are offered that we don’t take the time to learn about,” Kimberly said as she reflected on her 2013 summer abroad in Madrid. “It really made me wish I had gone abroad as an undergrad.” Kimberly is determined to ensure that her postgraduate experiences will more than compensate for any missed opportunities from her undergraduate days.