MAGA Students Secure Innovative Internships

Following the recent graduation of the Master of Arts in Global Governance Program’s first cohort, second-year cohort students Kristy Wright, Christian Gonzalez Ramos, and Pamela Pamelá, continue the program’s tradition of excellence by participating in prestigious internships over the summer.

Kristy Wright will be among a select group of graduate students interning at the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG). The internship will take place from May 20th until August 30th. The UNDP partners with people from all levels of society to assist nations to withstand crisis, promote and sustain growth, and improve quality of life. The program focuses on helping countries find solutions and offers assistance for poverty reduction, democratic governance, crisis prevention and recovery, and environmental and sustainable development. Kristy will be working with the Social Protection Team in Brazil, collecting data and researching population studies and contributing to the Middle Class Report. She will also be supporting the Middle Class Poverty in Focus publication and assisting the IPC-IG Events and Communication Team. The internship is a great step toward Kristy’s ultimate goal of working at the United Nations. She is particularly interested in diplomacy, the environment, and foreign policy.

During his internship, Christian will be working for the Foundation for International Community Assistance (also known as FINCA International). FINCA is a non-profit, microfinance organization founded in 1984 by Fulbright-trained economist, John Hatch. The organization’s mission is to provide financial services to the world’s lowest-income entrepreneurs so they can create jobs and build assets and improve their standard of living. FINCA offers small loans and other products to those who have been turned down by traditional banks as they believe, “even the poor have a right to financial services.” Christian will be participating in the FINCA Research Fellowship program which will consist of an intensive four-day training program in Washington DC and field experience for nine weeks in Ecuador. Program participants will help FINCA measure and manage the program’s social performance by utilizing the FINCA Client Assessment Tool (FCAT) for data collection and assessment. Participants will also analyze and collect data on their assigned country’s poverty levels, living standards, and client business and economic indicators. Once in the field, fellows will manage a small team of local surveyors throughout the summer. The Research Fellowship will offer Christian a chance to pursue his passions for global public affairs, applied economics, and geopolitical studies and make a positive contribution to the field.

Pamela will be interning with the Americas Program of the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. The CSIS is a bi-partisan, nonprofit organization of 220 staff and scholars developing practical solutions to the world’s greatest challenges and providing insight to decision makers. The CSIS Americas Program focuses on the Caribbean, North America, and South America while providing cutting edge research and policy advice on issues such as commerce, immigration, natural resources, governance as well as Asia-Latin American relations. As an intern, Pamela will have the opportunity to provide research and support to the program director and senior associates. These responsibilities include: producing project proposals for funding purposes, identifying critical questions and blog pieces (based on issues related to the program pillars or topical issues), and event and Twitter feed management. Pamela comes to CSIS with previous research experience from her positions at the Applied Research Center at U.S. Southern Command and the Western Hemisphere Security Analysis Center at FIU.

Kristy Wright, Christian Gonzalez Ramos, and Pamela Pamelá will be gaining tremendous professional experience, while providing assistance to these important and prestigious organizations.