Published 08/23/12

Break boundaries and go beyond expectations

Jason Fortin ‘12 / Major: Global Studies: Global Politics / Minor: Business Administration / Internships: Brookings Institution, D.C.; Carnegie / Endowment for International Peace, Beijing / Hometown: Pomfret, CT / Path: Management Consultant at Deloitte, Boston

During his internship at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Beijing, Jason Fortin wrote policy briefs and conducted research for the center’s director. He tackled topics from nuclear activity in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to think tanks in Mongolia, Singapore, and South Korea.

"I place an extremely high value on my Bryant education. It has opened countless doors and provided unparalleled opportunities for me."

The joint U.S.-China research center, based at Tsinghua University, brings American, Chinese, and international scholars together develop cooperative policies on issues ranging from the global financial crisis to climate change and missile defense. Fortin found himself in the company of an ambassador, an admiral, top scholars, and emerging academic leaders.

As a member of Bryant’s Honors program, Fortin took part in an ongoing research project with Bryant Professor of History Judy Barrett Litoff, Ph.D., a renowned historian and author. He and fellow student Thomas Pagliarini ’11 visited Beijing, Xi’an, Yan’an, Shanghai, Nanjing, and Hangzou during their stay in China with Litoff and Professor of Environmental Policy Gaytha Langlois. Fortin and Pagliarini wrote a paper for their directed study following the trip and presented it at a national conference.

“I place an extremely high value on my Bryant education,” says Fortin. “It has opened countless doors and provided unparalleled opportunities for me academically, personally, and career-wise.”