La Follette School student Jennifer Johnson spoke with Guatemalan students about educational opportunities in Madison on July 19 during the EducationUSA Alumni Fair. A second-year MPA student, Johnson participated while interning with the U.S. Department of State in Guatemala City.
“The students – ages 15 to 25 – were largely interested in engineering, international affairs, and architecture,” said Johnson, who spoke about opportunities at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the La Follette School of Public Affairs, and Madison College. “It was a very neat experience.”
Hundreds of Guatemalans attended the fair through EducationUSA, a State Department network of approximately 400 international student advising centers in more than 170 countries. The network promotes U.S. higher education to students around the world by offering accurate, comprehensive, and current information about opportunities to study at accredited postsecondary institutions in the United States.
As a policy intern with the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala, Johnson is developing metrics to track the flow of narcotics, establishing end use monitoring procedures at Guatemalan government agencies, and creating standard operating procedures for the counter narcotics team.
Johnson received an associate’s degree from Madison College and a bachelor’s degree in political science from UW–Madison. At Madison College, she was president of the Student Senate, where she successfully lobbied the State Legislature to include technical college IDs in Wisconsin’s voter ID law. As an undergraduate at UW-Madison, Johnson was chair of the Women’s Caucus for the state Democratic Party.
Before beginning her graduate studies, she was an employment specialist at the Latino Academy of Workforce Development and a member of the municipal clerk training team at the Wisconsin Elections Commission. She is president of the La Follette School Student Association (LSSA) for the 2018–19 academic year.