08 Mar Meet Fiona - Internship 2017
George Washington University
Concentration in Global Public Health &
Latin American Studies
I am thrilled to be part of a program that stresses the importance women’s leadership! I so excited to be part of a community of strong women with whom I will be able to explore and immerse myself in culture and language of Madrid in both a professional and social context! - Fiona
Which groups/sorority/organization are you currently affiliated with?
At GW I have worked closely with a group named GW Impacto. Impacto is a program run through the Spanish department and it pairs students in Spanish classes with volunteer opportunities at schools, nursing homes, and shelters around DC. I work with an after school program called Latino Student Fund, which helps students who have recently immigrated to learn English. I help students with homework assignments, collage applications, and practicing conversational English skills. In addition, I am currently interning at the Mexican Embassy in DC in the department of Hispanic Affairs, where I help with translation, research, and writing reports on current US policy decisions for the Mexican government.
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I hope to peruse a career in the relief and development sector with a focus on Spanish speaking populations. My exposure to service work abroad has allowed me to develop a keen appreciation for the role that capacity building can play in underserved communities. I hope to be able to connect my understanding of economics, politics, public health, and social/cultural issues to work in the areas of child and maternal health, support for refugees and immigrants, and women’s rights. My ideal job would be working as a liaison between communities in need of assistance and governments or organizations providing support.
What are some of your bucket list items/places?
I absolutely love to travel and volunteer. My ultimate dream is to join the Peace Corps or Teach for America after college and work closely with a Spanish speaking community in solving some of the problems that hinder their social, economic, and political progress. In addition, it has always been my dream to work and study abroad and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to check that off this summer with PINC.
What is one of your proudest accomplishments to date?
I think my proudest moment to date was getting into George Washington’s international affairs school. From the moment I stepped on campus I knew GW was the university I wanted to attend, when I was accepted to the school it was one of the happiest moments of my life.
If you could sit and have coffee with one celebrity dead or alive who would it be?
If I could sit and have coffee with one celebrity dead or alive it would be Malala Yousafzai. I remember hearing Malala’s story during one of my high school assemblies and feeling a huge mix of emotions. I attended an all girls high school and I was aware that this was a privilege but until I herd Malala’s story that privilege did not occupy my daily mindset. Malala’s story has inspired me to work my hardest in school in addition to volunteering in underserved communities. If I ever had the chance to meet Malala I would want to talk to her about how she found the courage to stand up for female rights in the face of such tremendous risk.