European Studies Profile: Josh Kowalczyk

Josh Kowalczyk graduated this past May and received a European Studies Certificate. We asked him about his experience with European Studies and how his experience will shape his career.


Name: Josh Kowalczyk
Hometown: Little Chute, WI
Majors: Economics, International Studies, European Studies certificate
Graduation: Spring 2017

At UW, Josh was a double major in Economics and International Studies with a certificate in European Studies. His chief academic focuses were on the global political economy specific to the relationship of sustainable development, geopolitics, and macroeconomic policy. Additionally he was a student of the Italian language, which was compounded by spending a semester abroad at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. Beyond academics, Josh was a celebrated player on the club rugby team, while also serving on the teams executive board as the recruiting chair.

Josh concluded his undergrad this past spring as a participant in the UW in Washington academic internship program, where he interned with the Delegation of the European Union in the economic and financial affairs section. In this role, he was granted the opportunity to research transatlantic economic policies, shadow top-level EU diplomats, and attend meetings at various organizations and government agencies (including the Department of Treasury, US Capitol, and the IMF/World Bank).

Going forward, Josh’s post-graduate career with continue in DC at the Bipartisan Policy Center, where he will be a summer intern working on financial regulatory policy.