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International Studies Student Association (ISSA)

The International Studies Student Association (ISSA) is the official student organization of the International Studies Program (ISP) at the University of California, San Diego. The organization gathers like-minded individuals who share diverse interests in international studies and international relations. ISSA intends to provide a platform of rich experiences and opportunities in international studies.

We are:

  • A professional organization for students exploring internationally oriented careers, grad/post-grad school, and experiences: international policy, economics, cultural studies, business, education, etc. ISSA offers help with internships, scholarships, interviews, resumes, and volunteer experiences.
  • A social organization for students looking for networks and mentorship. The ISSA Mentorship Program organizes social events for students who share the same hobbies and interests. Members love eating, studying, and hanging out with each other – and meeting other UCSD students!
  • An academic organization that is closely associated with the International Studies Program and the GPS Graduate School. Faculty, staff, and alumni from these departments provide ISSA with a wealth of resources.
  • An I-House organization for students of all majors and minors who want to learn more about the world. ISSA actively partners with Prospect Journal, the Global Forum, and others!
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2022-2023 Executive Officers


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President: Rina Mandeville

Rina Mandeville is a third-year student in Sixth College majoring in International Studies - International Business. She is originally from Sacramento, California, but has lived in Osaka, Japan for almost half her life. She is fluent in English and Japanese, but is also willing to learn a new language. She loves traveling to new places and hopes to visit Europe someday. In her free time, she likes watching movies, thrifting, playing tennis, and spending time with friends.

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Vice President: Brendon Wong

Brendon is a fourth-year Revelle student double majoring in International Studies - International Business and Economics. He is also an out-of-state student from a small suburb in Massachusetts. He has a passion for travelling to new places and exploring many different cultures and cuisines. He is fluent in Cantonese and hopes to visit Asia and Europe after graduating. Some of his hobbies include getting coffee with friends, watching movies, and swimming!

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Director of Membership: Jason Melz

Jason is a second-year Sixth College student majoring in International Studies with a focus in Political Science. He is from the Bay Area and grew up in San Carlos, California. Equipped with a love for video games and speculative fiction, he definitely calls himself a nerd. However, this doesn’t prevent him from enjoying camping, fishing, and hiking during the summer months as well.

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Director of Administrative Affairs: Eric De Haas

Eric is a second-year Eleanor Roosevelt College student majoring in International Studies-International Business and minoring in Spanish Language Studies. He is originally from Boise, Idaho, but now lives in Irvine, California. He describes himself as a “history nerd” and loves learning about history, geography, and languages. Eric has experience with speaking Spanish and Dutch, and is excited to add more languages as he hopes to travel more frequently. Some of his favorite activities include video games, reading a good book, and swimming.
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Director of Public Relations: Candace Chan

Candace is a senior Marshall student double majoring in International Studies - International Business and Psychology with a Specialization in Clinical Psychology. She is a self-proclaimed coffee and boba addict. Some of her favorite activities include exploring new places, eating out, and watching movies with her family and friends.

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Director of Alumni Relations: Jeniffer Espinosa

Jeniffer is a third-year Muir College student majoring in International Studies- Political Science. She was born and raised in San Diego, California. She is fluent in English and Spanish. Currently, she has been learning Korean. Her hobbies include swimming, binge watching Korean dramas, and traveling with her family. Jeniffer hopes to travel more in order to broaden her perspective on the world.

ISSA Undergraduate Mentorship Program

Join The ISSA Mentorship Program to connect with other members of ISSA through academics, social events, and other networking opportunities! Participants will be matched up with another student of similar academic and professional interests.