Dominican University Student Discovers Her Passion for International Affairs at U.S. Coast Guard

“This semester I was able to intern at the U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in their International Affairs Department. My internship with the Coast Guard taught me a lot about the fast-paced D.C. office environment and the teamwork that is required to get things done. This semester I was part of a two-day forum which was an amazing experience because I was able to witness eight countries come together and discuss ways to improve maritime security.  I have developed training to support the Department of State, U.S. government policy engagement, and theater security cooperation plan. The office environment has been great and every day I learn something new. This internship was a huge success for me and I am so fortunate to have been able to intern with the Coast Guard.”

Having an internship in Washington D.C. helped me realize what my goals were for myself and what I want to pursue after graduation. Because of this experience I discovered my passion for international development projects and plan to pursue experience in that field. 

-Nathalie Mathis, Dominican University Senior, Spring 2015 U.S. Coast Guard Office of International Affairs Intern