Alina Urbanic, 2017 Rotary District 7120 Global Scholarship Award recipient, recently completed her course requirements for a Master of Public Administration degree at Bocconi School of Management in Milan, Italy.
Urbanic, of Victor, graduated from Victor Senior High School in 2010 and George Washington University in 2013. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco before starting her studies in Italy.
She was selected to receive the $30,000 scholarship by a committee of Rotarians from District 7120 in the Rochester and Finger Lakes area.
In her final series of elective courses, Urbanic focused on those that matched her concern for her future involvement in the public and private work sector. These courses focused on the management of international, public and nonprofit organizations and included classes on business and government relations. The government class ended with a group presentation to European Investment Bank members on the successes and failures of public-private partnerships to fund infrastructure development in Italy.
Urbanic said the program has been very intense, and it is a relief to have successfully navigated the courses; however, she will miss the work and effort she put into her classes. Now that they have been completed, it is somewhat of a bittersweet feeling that they have come to an end. Her class held a celebratory luncheon after completing the academic phase of the program.
The final phase is a six-month internship in a field related to her course of study. This will provide Urbanic the opportunity to apply what she has learned in the classroom to work experiences related to employment with a nonprofit organization involved with helping others.
She has been offered a six-month contract with the U.N. Office for Project Services in Geneva, Switzerland. UNOPS is an operational agency of the U.N. focusing mostly on project management, infrastructure and procurement around the world. She will be part of a team that coordinates the Stop TB Partnership, which is dedicated to end tuberculosis around the world.
Urbanic said she enjoyed living in Milan, Italy, for the past nine months. She is looking forward to the next six months in Switzerland and her involvement with the U.N. Stop TB program, which she describes as “an incredible work opportunity.”
She has maintained regular contact with Victor-Farmington Rotary Club and will report back on her experiences when she finishes her program in December.