I applied to IELP because of my interest in the relationship between environmental protection and international trade. Many international treaties aim to protect the environment through trade regulations, and I’m really excited for the opportunity to work first-hand with these treaties and apply them to pressing global problems. Already in IELP, I’ve been able to explore this interest through work to help protect imperiled species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. I’m also particularly interested in effective strategies to enforce international environmental treaties. IELP is a unique way to gain practical experience exploring these interests.