Degree: Bachelor of Arts, International Relations and Political Science
College: Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs (Honors College)
After a 10-year hiatus from college, Nicole Hatton returned to FIU as a non-traditional student with a fulltime job in 2017. One or two courses in international relations helped her discover a passion for public service. With a double major in international relations and political science, she made the best of her time during the pandemic, joining a number of international organizations virtually, including Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society and the Model United Nations team, serving as an executive board member for both.
Entering the Honors College in Fall 2020, Nicole was chosen as a Diplomacy Lab fellow, conducting research on narcotics trafficking in the Indo Pacific. She also worked as an outreach coordinator at the BC Project, an organization dedicated to establishing transitional shelters for the chronically homeless community in Miami, where she participated in community clean-ups, as well as food and book distributions.
As a Hamilton Scholar with FIU in DC this fall, Nicole focused on the migration crisis in Central America and ways to combat misinformation and disinformation. She completed an internship with the U.S. Department of Commerce in the Office of the Secretary, honing her leadership skills while participating in discussions on both global and domestic issues. After graduating from FIU, Nicole plans to pursue a career as a foreign service officer.
By Amy Ellis
Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs