Senate Foreign Relations Committee | Western Hemisphere, Narcotics & International Law Enforcement Team
Week 1: Introductions
May 28th, 2021
I began my remote internship for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week, and it has been nothing but incredible. This is my third remote internship since COVID-19’s onset, and virtual meetings & phone calls have finally become second nature. Last summer, I worked as a research fellow for the DukeEngage Paraguay program. While our team was scheduled to arrive in Asunción, Paraguay in May to research the 2023 ITAIPU Treaty, COVID changed our path (and many other aspects of life).
After receiving confirmation that we could continue our research remotely, we transitioned our project to focus on Paraguay’s post-pandemic recovery. I worked to create a policy proposal on contact tracing, and the role of digital contact tracing apps in slowing the pandemic’s spread. After spending the summer researching COVID-19’s effect on the OAS region and hyper focusing on Paraguay’s response to the virus, my interest in United States-Latin American relations was re-affirmed. The project, while unprecedented, gave me a greater understanding of regional relationships in South America. Our work also informed my interest in pursuing both a future internship and career in government.
I plan on using my prior remote experiences to inform my current position as an intern for the Western Hemisphere, Narcotics & International Law Team. This week I was able to meet my fellow interns and members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee staff. I had the opportunity learn about both my responsibilities for the summer as well as what a typical day in the SFRC looked like. While I am not based in D.C. this summer, I am incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to learn from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s staff.
*Disclaimer: Due to the nature of my internship, I will only be writing 1 additional post reflecting on my summer experience. Stay tuned!