David DeMicheli

“Being able to interact with my professors and feel like they truly care about my success was one of my greatest Allegheny experiences. I think they really helped push me to do my best.”

— David DeMicheli


David DeMicheli is one of many Allegheny students who chose to expand his college experience beyond the classroom – way beyond. “I spent the fall semester in Paris, France and the spring semester in Quito, Ecuador,” explains David, an International Studies and French dual major. “I was able to complete internships during both semesters. Not only did I get great foreign language practice, but I was able to experience professional life in both countries.”

David spent his time in Paris working as a translator at a political observatory and later helped conduct research with a microfinance organization while in Ecuador. “The International Studies major is the perfect example of an interdisciplinary education that allows students to broaden their coursework while also deepening their understanding of a particular region by studying it from the viewpoints of different academic subjects,” says David. “Being able to interact with my professors and feel like they truly care about my success was one of my greatest Allegheny experiences. I think they really helped push me to do my best.”

When he’s not traveling the globe, David is the secretary and treasurer of the Phi Sigma Iota foreign language honors society and completed an internship at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C. thanks to funding from ACCEL. “If you embrace the opportunities Allegheny gives you as a student, you can really learn a lot here,” says David. “I feel like the ideal Allegheny student is committed to learning, contributing to the community, making a positive impact, and fostering a sense of respect for everyone. It’s something that’s very distinct about Allegheny.”