Chelsea graduated from Michigan State University in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Economics. While at MSU, she co-founded the James Madison College Human Rights Lab, a student group which aims to help international organizations and NGOs overcome budgetary shortfalls by providing free research assistance. In 2020, the satellite imagery analysis this group conducted was cited by TRIAL International in their legal case against Swiss trading company Kolmar Group AG and Libyan gasoil smugglers. Chelsea also studied and worked abroad three times while completing her undergraduate degree. During the summer of 2018, she interned for the South African Human Rights Commission in Cape Town, South Africa, where she assisted with the initial interviews of clients and composed written communications detailing violations of the South African Constitution.
In summer 2019, Chelsea received a Foreign Language and Area Studies Scholarship from the US Department of Education to study Advanced Swahili at MS-Training Center for Development Cooperation in Arusha, Tanzania. At the conclusion of this program, she composed a ten-page report in Swahili detailing corruption in the Tanzanian government and public services. In January 2020, Chelsea travelled to the Hague, Netherlands for an investigative internship with the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court. For this internship, she assisted in satellite imagery analysis and map work related to the deportation of the Rohingya from Myanmar to Bangladesh. She is highly proficient in Kiswahili and hopes to focus on international criminal and human rights law, specifically focusing on issues of migration and the law of war.