International Relations & Political Science
Class of 2020
Vuochnear Ly, from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, is a junior at Gettysburg College pursuing an International Relations and Political Science double major. She is currently participating in a semester exchange program at American University, where she is studying foreign policy. In the summer of 2018, Vuochnear completed a monitoring and evaluation internship at Vital Voices in Washington, DC, where she developed a logic model and M&E plan for their Virtual Mentoring Program. In January 2018, Vuochnear interned at the SHE-CAN office, compiling and analyzing data on 14 post-conflict nations, and making program and policy recommendations for the staff. The previous year, Vuochnear completed an impressive internship working directly for the Minister of Gender, Her Excellency Dr. Phavi, at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in Cambodia. She assisted the Minister with external communications to international and national actors. After increasing her knowledge about gender equality and economic development, she expanded her organizational and communication skills by attending leadership summits and working on campus as a Student Assistant at the Centre for Global Education. Additionally, she successfully championed for SHE-CAN to receive the proceeds from the International Club’s Burgburst cultural extravaganza, with fellow SHE-CAN scholar Irene Mugeni. Before she joined SHE-CAN and came to the U.S., Vuochnear participated in several organizations with the goal of strengthening youth coordination to better Cambodia. She aspires to be a diplomat and reduce poverty in her country through better education and improved living standards. She also hopes to work on eliminating gender inequality by helping in the development of women leaders.