Ryan Barlow

International Affairs and Trade Team at the Government Accountability Office
Political Science

"I had the privilege of participating in the UC in Washington, D.C. Program (UCDC) thanks to the generous support of the Matsui Center. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my undergraduate education. While in D.C., I interned at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) with the International Affairs and Trade Division. I worked on a performance review of one of USAID's signature construction projects. It was very interesting and offered me an inside look to how different U.S. agencies operate. A lot of my role involved background research and bringing together data, but I also had the opportunity to draft several sections for a final product. In addition to my internship, I took advantage of being in D.C. to explore the area and much of the east coast. It led to many lasting memories. The UCDC program was a tremendous experience, and I would recommend the opportunity to anyone interested in public service, public policy, or politics."