Joshua Bickl is an Honors Political Science, French, and International Studies major. He is also pursuing minors in Russian and Italian and certificates in Foreign Service and Russian and East European Studies. Josh's interest in Political Science stems from a desire to understand foreign cultures better.
In the summer of 2009, Josh made some progress in that regard. He worked as an intern with Art Child in Paris, where his proficiency in French was very handy. Josh frequently visited UNESCO, presenting proposals and describing Art Child's plans. He also served as a liaison between the French headquarters of Art Child and the new American branch. Josh says that the internship was exciting because he had lots of contact with diplomats and was able to observe cultural differences in the way diplomats from various parts of the world went about their jobs.
At Saint Louis University, Josh has tutored in French, Italian, Russian, and Political Science. He also helped adult refugees and immigrants learn English at the International Institute in St. Louis. Josh is a member of Pi Delta Phi (the national French honor society) and Pi Sigma Alpha (the national Political Science honor society). As far as activities at SLU go, Josh says that he especially enjoys movie nights in the foreign language department.
After graduation, Josh hopes to put his political science knowledge and proficiency in many languages to use working for the U.S. government, possibly in the State department, though he may postpone that goal in order to pursue a graduate degree. Josh says, "My primary interest above all of my other ones is language. I wish to know as many of them as I can, not only because they allow access into more foreign cultures, but also because I simply enjoy them."