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DC Semester Q and A
Myself giving a presentation to workers and advocates on behalf of my office.

Isabel N. Otero
Fall 2009

You don't realize how much you have left to learn until you step out of your comfort zone with a bunch of strangers to conquer the world in the most powerful city in the country.

Brief bio:

From the sunny island of Puerto Rico, my family ended up in a tiny town in Georgia.  After high school, I knew I wanted to study international affairs, and I was extremely happy that I was accepted into the University of Georgia in 2006.  During the fall of 2009, I was accepted into WSP, and became the first WSP intern at the Department of Justice. Shortly after graduating, I was hired as a federal contractor for the same office for which I interned.  After moving to DC, I decided that I would like to advance in my legal career, and decided to finish a graduate level paralegal studies certification at The George Washington University.  By then, I worked alongside another WSP alum for an energy utility company that had a remote office in DC for its FERC attorneys and lobbyists.  However, my first office at the DOJ was looking for paralegals, and I was promptly recruited back as a Paralegal Specialist for the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices within the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

Expected graduation:


Degree objective:

Bachelor's Degree in International Affairs from Univ. of GA; Paralegal Studies Certificate from GW

Why I went:

During college, I had very little time to pursue extra curricular activities.  I usually had a part-time job in Athens, and I realized that I needed something to wow potential employers after I graduated.  WSP seemed like a great opportunity to stay on track academically, and begin to build a serious resume.

Favorite spot to visit:

I love to eat my lunch in front of the White House at Jackson Square. There’s always something interesting to watch.

Most memorable day:

My most memorable day while in DC as a WSP student was shaking hands with newly confirmed Justice Sonia Sotomayor!

Why I'm glad I went:

I ended up gainfully employed!

Where I interned:

U.S. Department of Justice

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