FIU students continue to prove that they not only have the knowledge and experience to impact the local community, but also the drive to succeed in the nation’s capital. The outstanding students and alumni who came to Washington, D.C. this semester encapsulated the dedicated work ethic and global mind frame that FIU instills in its students.
This semester, FIU’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) was well represented both on and off of Capitol Hill. Two Panthers, Danielle Levy Cohen ’13 and Ariadna Mujica, were selected from two highly competitive pools of applicants to join congressional offices. Cohen — who graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s international relations, a minor in political science and a certificate in National Security Studies — became the first ever FIU Recent Graduate Policy Fellow for Congressman Joe Garcia (FL-26). Mujica — who is currently majoring in international relations with minors in political science and religious studies — was selected by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) to work with the office of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18).
In their internships, Cohen and Mujica were regarded as enormous assets to their respective offices, prepared briefs and communicating with the constituents on a wide array of legislative concerns. Both of these Panthers also had the opportunity to attend hearing and briefs on issues that they were passionate about, ranging from foreign affairs, natural resources, and homeland security, to immigration, healthcare, and women’s rights.
However, great work was also done outside of the halls of Congress. Javier Hernandez ’13—who graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s in international relation and a minor in Economics—became FIU’s Fall 2013 Federal Relations intern, where he became part of the team that drives FIU’s Worlds Ahead vision in Washington, D.C. Apart from interacting with university partners and members of Congress, Hernandez also helped strengthen the university’s ties to its 2000 D.C. area alumni. In addition, he tracked developments relevant to FIU’s federal priorities and wrote frequent briefs to inform the FIU community.
Washington, D.C. internships endow students with the skills and preparation needed for long-term success. After completing her fellowship, Cohen was hired by Senator Bill Nelson’s Miami district office. Mujica and Hernandez intend on returning to Washington, D.C. to continue working on some of the nation’s most important issues.
To learn more about internship FIU opportunities, visit the FIU Office of Engagement webpage.