Alyse Altenburg one 7,000 applicants for U.S. government program

The University of Maryland, Baltimore named Alyse Altenburg, a 2005 Beaverton High School graduate, as its sole Presidential Management Fellow for class of 2014.

An applied sociology master’s student, Altenburg will serve for two years in the paid government fellowship. The fellowship is sponsored by the Office of Personnel Management for recent graduate students who seek a fellowship in a U.S. government agency. Upon completion, participants have the opportunity to convert their fellowship into a full-time position.

Altenburg was one of 600 finalists out of 7,000 applicants. The Beaverton native graduated from Gonzaga University in 2009 with degrees in Sociology and Spanish. She served in Peru with the Peace Corps from 2009-2011, working largely with teen health promoters as a reproductive health educator, specializing in prevention of HIV and tropical diseases.

Her interests include criminal justice and social inequality, specifically violent gender crimes and discrimination against women. She plans to work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation's criminal investigation division or pursue anti-human trafficking cases with the United Nations or State Department.

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