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MOL Katia Diaz

"My language skills, which include being fluent in Spanish and proficient in Japanese, have given me the opportunity to understand cultures, governing bodies and customs. Thanks to the Japanese program and the subsequent scholarships I received (Critical Language Scholarship and Katherine Davis Fellowship), I am better able to understand the importance of diplomacy and foreign policy in the workplace."

Katia Diaz '13
Speechwriting Intern, Office of the Vice President
The White House Internship Program

Meet Katia

A combined interest in international relations and public affairs led Katia Diaz to apply to the White House Internship Program. Soon after, she was contacted for an interview by a White House staff member and later, received an acceptance notification to intern with the speechwriting team in the Office of the Vice President. Her duties for the internship, which started in September 2013 and ran through December, included researching and preparing memorandums for upcoming speeches and archiving past speeches.

“One of the most important lessons I learned during my tenure at the White House is how to disseminate complex ideas, stories and policy initiatives to the public in a straightforward manner,” she says. “This lesson will be helpful as I plan to seek work in the Foreign Service as a public affairs specialist.”

One of her most memorable experiences, she says, was seeing how her work, with the guidance of her supervisor, was instrumental in helping the vice president deliver a speech. “Whether it was information, stories or anecdotes, being a part of that experience was very rewarding,” she says.

Katia says that her public relations professors at Seton Hall were instrumental in helping her solidify the writing and editing skills she needed for the internship. She also received valuable research skills while planning and implementing public relations campaigns for nonprofit organizations, such as The Public Relations Society of America’s Bateman Competition. Her international relations background helped her understand how federal government agencies work.

“My language skills, which include being fluent in Spanish and proficient in Japanese, have given me the opportunity to understand cultures, governing bodies and customs. Thanks to the Japanese program and the subsequent scholarships I received (Critical Language Scholarship and Katherine Davis Fellowship), I am able to understand the importance of diplomacy and foreign policy in the workplace.”

Looking ahead, Katia’s goal is to pursue an entry-level position in public affairs with an internationally focused agency or firm. She also plans to attend graduate school abroad and has applied for several fellowships and scholarships.

Katia says the White House internship is a valuable opportunity for students looking for a career in government relations. “It is definitely a first step toward a career in public relations or in the private sector,” she says. “It can help hone your skills in all aspects of one’s major, whether in education, communications or diplomacy.”

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