Wednesday, September 5, 2007

UVSC Student Spends Summer with First Lady of Mexico

Press Release from UVSC's College Marketing Department:

Melina Jones, a political science major and senior at UVSC, from Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico, was recently given the experience of a lifetime. She had the opportunity to spend the summer doing an internship in Mexico City assisting First Lady, Margarita Zavala de Calderón.

Jones’s duties consisted of assisting the First Lady, translating, attending scheduled meetings and events and organizing and doing office work at Los Pinos, the official residence of Mexico’s First Family and offices of Mexico’s President and First Lady.

The core issues the First Lady focuses on are adoption, immigration, and more specifically, immigrant children.

Jones first arrived in Mexico City at the beginning of July, and was there until August 22. Along with assisting the First Lady in Mexico City doing numerous duties, Jones had the opportunity to travel to Canada with Calderón as her personal assistant to the North American Summit Conference in Ottawa, Canada, which took place from August 18 to 21.

“It was a wonderful experience,” said Jones, commenting on the trip. “I learned so much working with her.”

It was such a great experience, in fact, next summer Jones is planning on returning to Mexico City to do her senior internship at Los Pinos and work with The First Lady once more as her assistant.

Within the next year, Calderón will visit UVSC and speak.

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