May 28, 2024

JSI Scholar: Zahid Yusuf

  • Pronouns: He/Him
  • Hometown: Woodinville, Washington
  • College/University: Fordham University
  • Major: International Political Economy
  • Track: Regional

Tell us about your story

I’m from the Seattle area and am currently a junior at Fordham University in New York studying International Political Economy, and hope to apply skills learned at school and in the JSI program this summer to a career in international politics in the future.

What path did you take when you first started college?

I was undecided on what to study for a long time but landed on a major focused on international politics after trying a variety of classes and finding that it fit my goals and strengths best.

What made you consider a career in public policy/public service/international affairs?

I believe public policy at the international level to be an area of critical significance in modern politics, where positive progress and contributions are far reaching and more attainable than ever when it comes to improving peoples’ lives.

Who inspires you to think about public service?

My mom is an inspiration to me, as I have grown up seeing her contribute to her community independently and through public service as well.

What are you most excited about the JSI program at UW?

I am excited to get more hands on experience and more detailed knowledge of what careers in international affairs and public policy could look like.