Nikki Zimmerman ’06

Right after her graduation Nikki got an Americorps job with the Northwestern University Settlement House in NW Chicago. She worked at a secondary school as a teacher’s aide, teaching some lessons herself, tutoring, running an after school program, and organizing volunteer projects for the kids and their parents.

This spring Nikki wrote to us: “I have nearly finished my MA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. (MA International Policy Studies, Specialization: Humanitarian Assistance & International Development).  At the Monterey Institute, I continued to study Russian and focused my studies on post-conflict reconstruction and development. Applying what I have learned, I am currently in South Sudan researching to finish my degree and working with Winrock International on the Sudan BRIDGE program as a Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist.  This program is a three-year development program with an overall objective of supporting the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which recently brought an end to Sudan’s 22-year civil war.  Specifically it works to strengthen the capacities of state and local government to decentralize and deliver basic services, provide immediate tangible peace dividends and increase economic opportunities. My research specifically focuses on the area of economic opportunities by analyzing the impact of the BRIDGE program strategy as it relates to rural income generation.

I interned for this program for 3 months last summer, and now I am back for another 6 months.  My plans after this program are a little uncertain, but I plan to stay involved in international development.”