Posted on Friday, February 13, 2009
With the face of the United States changing domestically and abroad, the U.S. Department of State is helping to lead the way in that change...and they have a student from the Colleges helping to progress the state of the nation. After the academic year ends, William Smith junior Elaine Aguasvivas will join the Department of State as an intern with the Bureau for Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.
Looking forward to the prestigious and competitive internship slated for the summer, Aguasvivas explained that, "working at the State Department is a promising opportunity that will allow me to learn about the role of the United States when aiding narcotic-infected countries in Latin America."
"I believe that learning about the narcotics industry will enhance my understanding of the economic situation in those nations which suffer from the narcotics disease."
An economics and Spanish and Hispanic studies double major with a minor in Latin American studies, Aguasvivas is interested in doing developmental work in Latin American studies. Having interned with the U. S. International Trade Commission in the summer of 2008, she hopes to take advantage of her upcoming internship to further develop her career as an international economist.
Reflecting on her years at HWS, Aguasvivas believes that she has developed a sense of confidence and international understanding. "Being an economics major has allowed me to reach a better understanding of the interdependency of the different players in our economy."
"Moreover taking classes within the department of Spanish and Hispanic studies has allowed me to see more clearly how these issues are also present in all societies."
Aguasvivas' internship is part of a spectrum of success in career development for the Salisbury Center for Career Services. "It is comforting to have a Career Services Office where you can just go and talk to the experts about what's on your mind career-wise," she said. "They have proven to be a strong team and have oriented me on how to plan my future."