Stephanie Coulis, ‘08
Current Location: Washington, D.C.
Minors: Spanish, Secondary Education
Stephanie Coulis embraced other cultures early in life. From age 5, she studied French. In high school, she was among an elite group of Indiana students who studied for seven weeks in Brittany, France. Stephanie won the French Scholarship competition at Carthage, and spent her sophomore year spring semester studying in Caen, France.
“I never learned so much in five months,” she recalls. “Studying alongside students from Ghana, China, Japan, and the U.S. — all immersed in French culture — was an enormous challenge, and privilege.”
Stephanie discovered Spanish as a Carthage sophomore and took J-Term trips to Guatemala and Mexico. After her graduation, she was named a Fulbright scholar, and taught English as a second language to first- and second-year elementary students in France.
In August 2010, Stephanie moved to Washington D.C., to pursue a Master’s Degree in International Affairs at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs where she specialized in International Development and Conflict and Conflict Resolution.
While she was in graduate school, she interned with Chemonics International, a private international development contractor for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The internship at Chemonics included developing skills in recruitment, project management, communication and contract compliance.
In May 2012, she graduated Magna Cum Laude and accepted a full-time position at Tetra Tech ES, Inc., another USAID contractor. There she serves as a Contracts Associate which consists of supporting five multi-million dollar USAID-funded contracts in Central and Eastern Europe. However, she wants to expand.
“Moving forward, I look forward to continue managing energy projects in Eastern and Central Europe,” she said. “Perhaps even Haiti, in the hope of using my French linguistic skills.”