The core set of my skills were learned from living in Washington, D.C. for the past eight months, completing two internships with the federal government.
At the U.S. Department of the Treasury, I, along with a team of two other interns, were tasked with improving emergency preparedness initiatives and communications in the event of disaster that could prevent a continuation of Treasury operations. I created interactive maps displaying emergency routes from primary Treasury buildings using Microsoft software, and I worked alongside the Department’s emergency manager to make sure all shelter-in-place cabinets and storage areas were adequately prepared for worst-case scenarios.
While at the U.S. Department of State, I assisted Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Senior Advisor with developing and operationalizing the Secretary’s civil society agenda and strengthening emerging democracies throughout the world. This included helping with the launch of the LEND (Leaders Engaged in New Democracies) Network in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – an online platform that brings together new and emerging democracies to exchange information on best practices. In addition, I coordinated teleconferences and high-level meetings between State Department personnel and representatives of foreign governments, including Ambassadors and Foreign Ministers.
As a student at the University of Florida, I have actively played a role in Multicultural and Diversity Affairs since my sophomore year in helping to create an inclusive campus community. Specifically, I work in the Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures as an Ambassador for Outreach to help educate others on prevalent issues in the Hispanic community and mentor ESOL students to improve their language proficiency with the hope that they’ll continue their education after graduation. In addition, my writing and interviewing skills have greatly been enhanced due in part to my role as an editor and writer for the Political Science Honor Society’s bimonthly online magazine publication.
Currently, I am working with the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal through the State Department’s Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) eInternship Program to improve social media outreach to Nepali students interested in pursuing higher education in the United States. Under the guidance of the Embassy’s Cultural Attaché, I will be contributing articles on American education and culture to the Embassy’s blog. Also, I will be shooting videos for the Embassy’s YouTube page and researching Nepali Diasporas in the United States for an official department database.