June 11, 2010
Candice Lang ('10) earns Fulbright to work in Kazakhstan
Currently foreign investments into the Kazakh economy are heavily focused in the oil and natural gas sectors. Thanks to a fellowship from the Fulbright Program, after graduation from BU Law, Candice Lang ('10) work in Kazakhstan for a year to encourage investment in other areas.
"I will try to create regulatory solutions to balance the direction of foreign investment into other sectors of the economy such as manufacturing, technology, or agriculture," she explained.
Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program provides funding for students, scholars, teachers and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. She will be one of more than 1,500 students who receive a Fulbright U.S. Student grant each year to "study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns" overseas, acording to the grant Web site.
"My interest in the region began in high school where I studied Russian," said Lang. She went to University of Arkansas for a bachelor's in International Business, where she graduated cum laude and was a Merit Scholarship Recipient. "In college I studied abroad in Irkutsk, Russia and knew that I wanted to continue learning about this part of the world."
After graduation, she joined the Peace Corps, and was placed in Azerbaijan as a Community Economic Development volunteer. "I was placed with a local NGO and helped develop their programs as well as the programs of other local and international NGOs that were in the country," she said. "I did everything from teach business classes to small business owners, to research projects on how to improve efficiencies within particular product markets." Among other duties, she partnered with Adventist Development and Relief Agency's local vocational training center, and founded a career center. She was the only American in a rural small community where she helped out internally displaced people affected by the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, she said. While there, she learned how to speak Azerbaijani.
But after two years there, Lang realized she needed more education to move into policy-level development work. At BU Law, she joined the International Law Society, and participated in the Africa Parliamentary Legislative Drafting Clinic, where she worked on improving the mobile banking industry for rural populations in Tanzania by harmonizing banking and telecommunications regulations. In the ABA Client Counseling Competition, Lang was a 2008 BU Winner, Northeast Regional Finalist. She was a summer associate at Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP, and and spent an earlier summer at the Legal Advocacy and Resource Center (LARC) in Boston.
Lang sees the Fulbright as the next step in her pursuit of a career involving foreign policy creation and implementation.