Isabel N. Otero
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.
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.
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!