Hernandez, Vega Awarded Mosbacher Trade Internship Grants

May 06, 2014

Dean Ryan Crocker, Camille Vega, Hugo Hernandez, and Dr. Lori Taylor

Hugo Hernandez, MPSA Class of 2015, and Camille Vega, MPIA Class of 2015, have been awarded the Mosbacher Institute’s 2014 International Trade Internships. The internships honor the Institute’s founder, Robert A. Mosbacher, Sr., and are awarded annually to Bush School students who are interested in pursuing a career in trade policy. 

Students are selected on the basis of their academic standing, their purpose in seeking the award, and the recommendation of a Bush School faculty member.  The stipends cover the expenses associated with the internship—$10,000 for international and $7,500 for domestic locations. Both of the 2014 awardees will be working in major trade-related organizations over the summer: Hernandez, originally from Caracas, Venezuela, in the Washington, DC, office of the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and Vega at the International Trade Centre (ITC) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Lori Taylor, director of the Mosbacher Institute, noted that this internship program offers students an opportunity to gain real-world experience in important trade-related organizations and to develop the skills and professional networks needed to be internationally competitive in their future careers.

ECLAC is one of the UN’s five regional commissions that serve to promote the economic and social development of its member countries and territories.  At ECLAC, Hernandez will conduct research on issues of relevance to the economies of Latin America and the Caribbean and engage in economic analysis with a focus on trade, international finance, and development. ITC is a joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations. Vega will be assisting ITC’s communications efforts—conducting research and drafting articles for the website as well as writing background papers.

Vega, a native of Miami, Florida, said, “It is a great honor to have been chosen as one of the two Mosbacher Institute interns. The award will allow me to pursue an internship overseas that is directly pertinent to my field of study.  I am confident this internship will give me the chance to apply my knowledge and skills while networking in the field in which I hope to work after graduation.”

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