Summer 2015 Interns

summer 2015

 FIU students making the most of their summer by interning on Capitol Hill, the White House and various Federal Agencies



Ms. Christine Wipfli is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering at Florida International University (FIU). Her expected graduation date is December of 2016. Christine received her first bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in journalism from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  She joined the Department of Energy’s Science and Technology Workforce Development Program at FIU in November of 2014.


Laura Hernandez is currently Public Policy and Government Relations Intern at the American Association for University Women (AAUW). She is currently a senior at Florida International University,  pursuing a dual bachelors degree in Political Science and Women and Gender Studies with certificates in Public Policy and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. This past year Laura served on the National Student Advisory Council for AAUW,  was president of the College Democrats chapter at FIU and was a fellow for YP4 in addition to being a 2013 DNC Hope Fellow. On campus, Laura is a leader in several student organizations which host educational events on intersectional feminism, women’s empowerment, and other social justice issues.


Ryan Sheffield is an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a professional certificate in robotics at Florida International University (FIU), with his expected graduation date being fall 2016. After completing his degree in Mechanical Engineering, Ryan plans on pursuing a Master’s degree.  Ryan's professional interests include energy efficiency, thermal systems and mechanical design.


Yoel Rotterman is an undergraduate student pursuing a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at Florida International University (FIU).He was born and raised in Bogota-Colombia, and after high school he did a gap year program in Israel before starting his studies in Miami. His expected graduation year is spring 2017. Yoel's professional interests include mechanical design, renewable energies, and material optimization. After the completion of his bachelor's degree, he plans to enter the labor force to gain experience before he continues his education in pursuit of a master's degree in engineering management.


Darryl is a 20 year-old, rising senior, majoring in Political Science, with a minor in Public Administration. He has a passion for advocacy and service and for the past three years has mentored children on service-learning trips to the Dominican Republic. In Washington D.C., Darryl is interning with MANA, A National Latina Organization, dedicated in advocacy for Latinas across the country.


Christofer is a senior at Florida International University's College of Arts and Sciences. He is double majoring in History and Political Science with a minor in International Relations and a concentration in European History, he also holds the European Studies Certificate from the School of International and Public Affairs. Chris is currently serving as the Hispanic Caucus Chair for the FIU College Democrats. He is a member of the 4th ranked FIU Model United Nations team in North America and of the FIU International Affairs Society. As a founding member of the FIU History Club he serves as VP of Events and oversees functions alongside the club president. Chris is a member of UNICEF@FIU, NextGen Climate Change, the Tennis Club, the Cuban-American Student Organization and the Spanish Club. While in DC, he is interning at the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Center as a Research Assistant focusing on policy and accountability. Chris plans on graduating with his BA, Fall 2015 and is working on gaining valuable experience prior to applying for graduate school in the Washington DC area.


Daniela was born in Caracas, Venezuela, but has lived in Miami for most of her life. This Fall, she will be a Senior at FIU and will graduate May 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. Her passions are psychology, and reading romantic novels and biographies. Her hobbies are horse back riding, Jiu-jitsu, and anything related to Apple products. She wishes to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She wishes to become a psychotherapist to help her patients become goal driven and achieve their life’s dreams. She also wants to be a motivational speaker to inspire and instill confidence upon people, especially those with disabilities, to achieve great things that will benefit and help people succeed no matter what their limitations are; using her personal experience as a blind person as base for encouragement.


Kristen is a rising senior at Florida International University pursuing a dual bachelor's degree in International Relations and Political Science with a certification in National Security Studies. She is an active student on campus, currently serving as the President of Order of Omega, a leadership honor society, the Financial Vice President for the International Affairs Society, and the assistant program director of the nationally 4th ranked Model United Nations Team at FIU. Kristen has volunteered her time to organizations including Autism Speaks, the Wounded Warrior Project, and the American Cancer Society as FIU’s mission education chair. This summer, Kristen is an intern at Akerman LLP’s D.C. governmental relations sector and will be working on and off The Hill on revisions to the Higher Education Act in preparation for its reauthorization. Kristen will complete her degrees at FIU in the spring of 2016 and looks forward to gaining further work experience in the field of governmental relations.


Olivia grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and then moved to central Florida at age 13. After completing the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme in high school she went on to attend FIU as an International Relations major, adding a minor in Geography, as well as certificates in Middle East and Central Asian Studies and Languages and Cultures of North Africa. She is very passionate about helping others through service, being heavily involved in FIU's UNICEF Campus Initiative.



Johandra Delgado is from Miami, Florida. She has been at Florida International University since August 2012, where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, a minor in French Language and Culture, and a certificate in European Studies.  She is an active member of the Honors College, through which she completed two study abroad programs: France: Art, War, and Human Rights in summer 2013 and Italy Grand Tour Redux in summer 2014. She is also the Vice President of Amnesty International at FIU. After graduating in December 2015, she plans to continue her studies through graduate school. This summer, she is attending The Washington Center completing an internship as an International Policy and Diplomacy Fellow at the United Macedonian Diaspora. She enjoys travelling, watching films, and sampling new desserts and hopes to explore all of D.C.’s museums.



Giselle is from Miami, FL and is a graduate student at Florida International University studying Global Strategic Communications. She received her bachelor's in 2013 from FIU in Communications with a concentration in Journalism. She has a passion for non-profit organizations, and her main goal is to learn as much as possible in DC to take home to Miami to help spark an interest and excitement for non-profits.



Raiesa Ali is a junior, currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations. She is also attaining minors in Political Science and Economics, along with certifications in Latin American & Caribbean Studies and National Security Studies. She is interning with the Council on Hemispheric Affairs as a Research Associate this summer.



Ms. Ravelo graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations in 2012. She was also awarded a certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Originally from Venezuela, Ms. Ravelo is fluent in Spanish and has basic French. Her interests include: diplomacy, governance, policy analysis, and human security.