This summer, economics and international relations double major Carling Landeche ’21 will explore how her passions for economic policy, education and fighting poverty are addressed by the nation’s leaders. Interning in the office of Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Landeche will be responsible for administrative and legislative tasks including talking with constituents, attending hearings and events, and researching and drafting memos.
The internship, Landeche says, offers a glimpse into the legislative process and Congress’ role in distributing aid, which will be a vital experience as she plans for a career in the non-profit sector, supporting “poverty alleviation through children’s education and women’s empowerment.”
With the help of the staff at the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education, Landeche practiced networking and mock interviews as she prepared for the internship application process. And working with professors in education, political science and economics, she developed a broad base of knowledge on the issues she is likely to encounter on Capitol Hill this summer.
“I am very interested in the U.S. government’s role in international development,” she explains, noting that her coursework has sparked her interest in the “intersections of policy, U.S. government, economics, education and poverty alleviation.”
As a student, Landeche has been passionate about education and promoting “literacy in the local community,” serving as a Civic Leader Coordinator for America Reads, a member of the Rotaract Club and Public Leadership Education Network and previously as intern with Associate Professor of Psychology Brien Ashdown and the non-profit Education of the Children, based in Guatemala. An intern with the HWS Office of Advancement and the head O’Laughlin Ambassador in the Office of Admissions, she is a member of the Reunion and Orientation student staff. A member of William Smith Congress, Landeche serves as junior class president.