University at Albany

Daniela Zolorzano

Political Science, Class of 2017

Hometown: Astoria, New York

2016 Semester in Washington Internship Site: 
U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng’s office

“I am so very thankful to the many alumni and friends that so generously contributed to the Professor Michael J. Malbin Semester in Washington Scholarship.  This scholarship enabled me to pursue a truly phenomenal opportunity in Washington, DC this past semester.  Your generosity has positively affected my time in DC.  If it wasn't for being part of the Semester in Washington program, I would have never had the privilege to be the only congressional intern on Capitol Hill this semester and the first SUNY intern in Congresswoman Grace Meng’s office. The scholarship greatly helped with my transportation costs to my internship each day, where I was able to spend my days with top policy makers, to work on draft legislation, and to take part in meetings that showcased a myriad of political perspectives.  Your support allowed me to greatly enhance my professional network and future opportunities.  Thank You!”

Future plans“In the short-term, I plan to finish my senior year and to receive my Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with two minors in Portuguese and Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies.  Following my graduation next year, I plan to work for a year before attending graduate school and possibly pursuing a Master’s in International Affairs.”

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