Javier Diaz Vazquez, PSAA ’24
1. Where and with whom did you intern?
I completed my internship in the Office of Political Affairs at the Embassy of Mexico to the United States of America in Washington, DC.
2. What were your primary responsibilities?
My primary responsibilities included conducting political and policy research, preparing briefing materials for the Ambassador, monitoring ongoing events relevant to the US-Mexico relationship, and attending meetings, summits, conferences, and think tank events focused on bilateral issues.
3. Which of your previous classes or learning experiences were most useful to you during the internship?
During my internship, I found that my coursework and involvement in student organizations at Texas A&M University formed a strong basis for my internship journey. The skills and knowledge I gained from classes such as Economic Analysis and Quantitative Methods were particularly valuable. They equipped me with the ability to analyze data, make informed decisions, and approach problems systematically.
Furthermore, my Public Policy Formation and Public Management coursework played a significant role during my internship. Understanding how to develop policy briefings and effective management techniques allowed me to meaningfully contribute to projects and initiatives.
My involvement in various student organizations further honed my leadership, teamwork, and communication skills. Balancing leadership positions in seven student organizations taught me how to collaborate with diverse teams, manage conflicting priorities, and effectively communicate ideas.
4. What were the highlights or most important learning opportunities from your internship experience?
Among the most significant highlights of my internship were the opportunity to interact with high-level public servants from Mexico and the United States, visit the White House and the United States Congress, and have the privilege of meeting Mexico’s Foreign Minister while participating in some of her meetings during her first official visit to Washington DC.
The most valuable lesson I gained from my internship was understanding the level of importance of the bilateral relationship between our countries. While we face common challenges that we must and will overcome through bilateral unity, we also have numerous significant opportunities. These include nearshoring, advancements in the semiconductor industry, and the benefits of the USMCA trade agreement, all of which contribute to the economic well-being of citizens in both nations.
5. Do you have any advice for first-year Bush School students who may be applying for an internship this summer?
Absolutely! The Bush School provides various opportunities in relation to the internship program. Second-year students, faculty, and administrators are here to help you achieve your internship goals. The school offers scholarships, fellowships, and grants to financially support your internship. Feel free to approach us to discuss how we can contribute to your academic success. We’re eager to help you discover the necessary resources to enhance your internship experience.
My top three pieces of advice are:
- Don’t forget to start your internship applications early!
- Reach out to the institution you are applying to!
- Apply to all Bush School scholarships, including the Mosbacher Institute Trade Grant!