Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI

Major: Public Policy

Minor: Music, Latina/o Studies, and Law, Justice & Social Change

Internship Placement: Office of Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib and the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics (U.S. Department of Education)


Why did you decide to do Michigan in Washington?

The Michigan in Washington program allowed me to immerse myself in policymaking and advocate for my community.

What do you do during a typical day at your internship?

My internships include drafting legislative correspondents, working on research memos for new potential legislation, attending community events that empower the Latinx community, and ensuring our communities have access to the resources they need and deserve. 

What's something that you're proud of that you've done at your internship so far?

During my internship, I'm incredibly proud of helping in the initial stages of legislation to uplift immigrant communities and ensure all students have access to education. I've had the opportunity to support events aimed at bringing the Latinx community to policymaking spaces through events such as the Dominican Day Diaspora Event, the Afro-Latino Heritage Day Event at the White House, and the Cultivating Possibilities: White House Youth Policy Summit at the U.S. Department of Education.

How has your skillset evolved or changed since you began working on this internship?

Since beginning my internship, I have become more confident in my ability to advocate and uplift my community back home effectively. As a first-generation Latinx college student, I never imagined myself in these spaces. Nonetheless, being here taught me how important it is that I'm not the last. The stories and experiences of my community are incredibly valuable, and the skillset of advocacy and community organizing I've learned throughout my internships have propelled me to return home and work alongside my community to achieve the change we hope to see in the world.

What is one fun activity that you have done since being in D.C.?

Since arriving in D.C., I've loved visiting Georgetown, meeting new people, hiking with friends, and exploring the city! I can't wait to return soon :)

What advice would you give to a student interested in Michigan in Washington?

My biggest advice would be to dream big! The world is full of experiences and opportunities waiting for you. Never be afraid to take risks, and recognize how much your voice and perspective are needed not only in D.C. but in any space you step foot in :)