This experience taught me as much about myself as it did the field of international affairs.
I was born and raised in Illinois but moved to Savannah, Georgia shortly before high school. I’ve always been interested in Latin American issues, having spent time in both Mexico and Nicaragua. I spent my junior year at UGA abroad, dividing my time between a semester in Argentina interning for a criminal defense lawyer and a semester in DC interning for the Washington Office on Latin America.
Spanish and International Affairs
Why I went:
I had witnessed the effects of U.S. policies in Latin America firsthand but hadn’t looked too closely at the people and processes behind them. And despite spending time in the region, I still didn’t have a grasp on what a job in the international affairs field looked like.
Favorite spot to visit:
It’s a toss up between Meridian Hill Park and Meridian Pint. Whatever your preferred method of relaxation, they’ve got you covered.
Most memorable day:
On my third day of work at WOLA I helped with an all-day event on the Colombian peace process where I met both prominent human rights defenders and politicians, including the President of Colombia’s Senate. That’s not a bad first week.
Why I'm glad I went:
WOLA ended up being the perfect fit for me; not only did it open doors for me in terms of networking, but it also helped me to develop interests that I didn’t know I had.