Summer Internship Experience: JuliaGrace Walker

Many of our student workers were able to spend this summer participating in various internships outside of the Hunt Institute. Students often return from these experiences with a fantastic arsenal of newly acquired skills, ideas, and perspectives. This summer, the Undergraduate Program Manager in the Institute, JuliaGrace Walker, was a Staff Intern for Ambassador E. Tony Wayne at the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Wilson Center, located in Washington, D.C., is a non-partisan think tank focusing on “tackling global issues through independent research and open dialogue to form actionable ideas for the policy community.” JuliaGrace shared the following about her internship experience:

During my internship in Washington D.C. this summer, I had the opportunity to fully immerse myself in current events, politics, and trade in regard to Mexico. I also continued to practice a higher level of Spanish by reading news articles on issues pertinent to Mexico’s domestic policy and government. I mastered condensing large, dense topics into specific, concise bullet points for presentations. I also managed and updated data for several graphs on topics such as homicide rates, border apprehensions, and the top trade partners of the U.S.

As an intern, I was in charge of helping with the logistics of our hybrid and virtual events centered around special topics regarding the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). I learned about the different successes, challenges, and stakeholders involved in several USMCA chapters. I am very thankful for my newly acquired knowledge of the USMCA, Mexico’s politics, and current events.

Throughout my internship, I also gained a lot of insight on US trade relations and trade-related foreign policy. I was also fortunate to meet several Ambassadors and USAID foreign service officers who shared insights and advice on a career in the Foreign Service. Overall, this summer prepared me for future endeavors in the international affairs sector.

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