Cristina Guevara is a second-year graduate student at the Elliott School of International Affairs, pursuing a Master of Arts in Global Communication with a concentration in International Development. She is interested in human rights and sustainable development, with a particular focus on Latin America. Last spring, she worked at George Washington University’s Institute for Corporate Responsibility, researching best practices and new technologies in sustainable development. This past summer, she was a Latin America Intern at Freedom House.
Where do you currently work, intern or volunteer, and how does it fit in with your career goals?
I just finished an internship at Freedom House, with the Latin America and the Caribbean Department. As a Panamanian student in the Master of Arts in Global Communication, my career ambitions lie within the fields of human rights and democracy in Latin America. My internship at Freedom House completely enhanced my educational experience at the Elliott School because I was able to immerse myself in some of the most pressing issues in Latin America including the rise of populism, government repression, and human rights violations, in countries such as Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Colombia, and Brazil.
What strategies have proven most helpful in making the most of your time at the Elliott School?
A highlight for me has been attending the many events hosted at the Elliott School, where I have been able to network with a number of experts in the field of policymaking who have given me great professional advice. I also recommend making appointments with the wonderful staff at the Office of Graduate Student Services, they have helped me navigate both my academic and professional life.
What advice do you have for first-year students who are starting their internship or work experience search?
Take advantage of all of the resources available to graduate students, they have proven extremely helpful to me. Some of these include the International Services Office (ISO), the Office of Graduate Student Services (GSS), as well as Handshake, a career platform that allows you to discover jobs and/or internships in your field.
What 3 items would you take to a desert island other than food or water?
A soccer ball, my mom, and a hammock.
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