Named Internship Profile Summary - Carinna Arvizo (French)Document Transcript
[JOHN FRENCH MEMORIAL FUND PUBLIC POLICY INTERN PROFILE] Carinna Arvizo ’14 is from El Paso, Texas, and attended El Dorado High School. In high school, she was in the International Baccalaureate Program, captain of the El Dorado Debate Team, and was editor of school’s fashion magazine. At Dartmouth, Carinna is pursuing an English and Romance Studies major, is a member of the Class Council of 2014, ASPIRE, and Sexperts. She has also participated in the Brazil LSA and the Italian LSA+. Carinna would like to work at the American Embassy in Brazil or pursue a career on the Hill.Carinna was funded by The Rockefeller Center for a Spring 2012 Internship, with generoussupport from the John French Memorial Internship Fund.Executive Summary from Carinna’s final report:This past spring, I interned with my local congressman, Silvestre Reyes, in Washington DC.Congressman Reyes is an eighth term member of the United States House of Representatives,the former Chairman of House Intelligence Committee, and is a ranking member of the ArmedForces Committee, Foreign Affairs Committee, and Veterans Affairs Committee.During my internship, my tasks ranged from daily administrative tasks to legislative work. Ihelped conduct research, organize information packets, and track legislative topics, briefings, “Because of this hearings and events assigned by the staff. I also conducted informative congressional tours and performed office duties. I internship, I have worked closely with the legislative assistant and legislative director on gathering information on women’s issues, such as career in politics.” decided to pursue a researching the Violence Against Women Act and the Prenatal Discrimination Act.I initially interned with the Congressman because I wanted to learn more about the legislativeaspect of education reform. In high school, I did a research internship that focused on attritionrates in El Paso high schools. My previous experience as a research intern helped me
understand the complications of education reform, but I never had the opportunity to work onthe legislative aspect of education. I became very passionate about education reform, and I waspersuaded to intern with my Congressman. However, during my time on the Hill there werevery few bills that addressed education reform, and several controversial bills on women’sreproductive rights and domestic violence. Since I have always been interested in these issues, Iasked my supervisor if I could change the focus of my internship from education reform towomen’s reproductive rights and domestic violence.Throughout my internship, there were several hearings and bills that discussed women’s rightsto reproductive healthcare and domestic violence. I was asked to attend these hearings and toresearch these bills, specifically the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the PrenatalDiscrimination Act (PRENDA). I had to study and learn the language of these bills, and how theywould affect people on a local and national level. I was also given the chance to write theStatement for the Record on VAWA, which was published in the CQ Today.At the beginning of my internship I decided to do three things: take advantage of my internshipto the fullest extent, be a proactive intern, and work hard on all of my assignments. As a result,I gained the staffers’ trust, and they began to assign me more challenging tasks. Since I tookadvantage of my internship, I was able to learn more and better understand how politicsactually work on the Hill.This internship was a great opportunity for me, and helped me define my goals in the future.Because of this internship, I have decided to pursue a career in politics. This was one my mostinstructive and productive terms, and I would like to thank the Rockefeller Center and the JohnFrench Memorial Internship for giving me the chance to work on the Hill. Carinna Arvizo ’14 with Congressman Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) during her Spring 2012 internship.