FIU in D.C. Summer Internship Experience launches

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Pictured left to right: Christina LaRocca, Embassy of Ecuador; Daniel Stolz, National Jewish Democratic Council; Devian Wilcox, Marsh & McLennan Companies; Peter Campbell, FIU Office of Governmental Relations; Bianca Ordoñez, CommunityRed; Giancarlo Lombardi, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; and Katie Lepri, The Washington Bureau for Scripps.

More than 45 of FIU’s brightest minds are interning in federal agencies, private firms, non-profit organizations and national organizations across the D.C. area this summer.

To celebrate, FIU’s Office of Governmental Relations, Office of Engagement and Career Services, along with Student Affairs and the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), hosted a D.C. Summer Internship Experience “meet and greet” June 3, where students gathered for an orientation that welcomed them to the nation’s capital.

“I am so thankful FIU has an event like this. I met alumni who’ve experienced what it feels like to move to a new city not having anything to their name but their dreams, and they’ve made it. They shared their wisdom and insight, and not only alumni, but the entire FIU staff has extended their support to us interns. This leaves no room for error and guaranteed success,” said Bianca Ordoñez, who is currently interning at CommunityRed, a nonprofit that works to improve the security of journalists, activists and citizen reporters in conflict zones.

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More than 35 FIU alumni working in the area have volunteered to mentor these students. “This opportunity will definitely help expand our students’ professional endeavors, as well as their scope of interests,” said FIU alumnus Alessandra Monetti.

By all accounts, the event was a success. Students learned about this year’s summer programming, received helpful strategies to propel their careers and engaged with many great FIU alumni in the D.C. area. It exposed students to life in the nation’s capital, provided career development advice from professionals in the field— such as how to properly network, deliver “elevator pitches” and how to find and build a mutually beneficial mentor relationship— and helped reenergize the passion and drive that many feel for FIU, its role in our community and our nation.

Fellow Federal Relations intern Peter Campbell delivered firsthand insight into many of FIU’s federal priorities such as educational investments, biomedical and biomedical engineering research, environmental and coastal research, disaster relief research, stem education, and transportation development research.

“Seeing so many students and alumni partake in this event speaks volumes about FIU’s continuously expanding presence in the D.C. area,” said Campbell.

For more information, please contact:

Christian Gonzalez
Summer Coordinator
FIU in DC Summer Internship Experience
Office of Governmental Relations
Florida International University
(T): 305.915.8499

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