Former Mexico Center Interns

The Baker Institute offers an internship program designed to provide Rice University undergraduate students with public policy experience and exposure to a nonprofit think tank environment.

The Mexico Center offers Rice undergraduate students research or administrative internship opportunities. Research interns work directly with institute fellows and scholars on critical policy issues in Mexico. Interns work with senior staff in a professional office environment, providing essential support in a security-sensitive setting.

View a list of current interns.

 

Former Interns

 

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Benito Aranda-Comer '17 is an undergraduate student at Rice University majoring in Latin American studies and history with a minor in poverty, justice and human capabilities. He recently spent a gap year in Brazil, where he worked in a community center in one of Salvador's poorest neighborhoods. Since arriving at Rice he has taken advantage of every opportunity to learn about Latin America's contemporary issues, and has traveled to Cuba, Argentina, Colombia and extensively within Brazil during the past two years. He just returned from his Fall 2015 semester abroad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Fall 2014




      

Tomas Arango ’20 is an undergraduate student at Rice University majoring in economics and policy studies. His research interests include economic development, international relations and human rights, particularly in relation to Latin America.

Spring 2017




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Gabriela Barrios '16 is an undergraduate student at Rice University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Hispanic studies, English and sociology. 

Summer 2014




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Marcela Benavides '17 is an undergraduate student at Rice University majoring in political science and Latin American studies. 

Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2014




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Oscar Bejarano '11 received a B.S. from The University of Texas at Austin in 2009 and an M.S. from Rice University in 2011. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering through the Rice Networks Group at Rice University.   

Summer 2014




      

Xun Cao is a master’s student at Rice University majoring in statistics with concentration in data mining. Originally from Hangzhou, China, Xun lived in Seattle for four years and obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics and statistics from the University of Washington. Her research interests include statistical modeling, data visualization and conducting policy analysis of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Spring 2017




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Mariana Carmona is a student at Texas A&M University pursuing a master's in financial economics. She earned her bachelor’s degree on economics and a minor in German from Also from Texas A&M. Originally from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, she has lived the past seven years in Houston with her family. She studied abroad in Germany during the fall of 2015 and intends to keep perfecting her German. Her research interests include economic policy, economic development and U.S.-Mexico border studies.

Summer 2016




Matias-Chaoul-thumb.jpg        Matías Chaoul attended Strake Jesuit College Preparatory. He is bilingual. Previously, he participated in a mission trip to Costa Rica where he taught elementary school students and constructed an outdoor patio. He is interested in government, economics and history. He loves watching and playing soccer. 

Summer 2015




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Daniel Cortez '15 graduated from Rice University, where he majored in Latin American studies and policy studies. 

Spring 2014

 




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Raul DeLira '18 is an undergraduate student at Rice University majoring in economics and Latin American studies. His research interests include education, economic development and economic policy in Latin America. He intends to study abroad during his time at Rice, either in Mexico or Brazil. He speaks Spanish and has started to learn Brazilian Portuguese this semester.

Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015




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Kristin Foringer '15 graduated from Rice University, where she majored in policy studies and Hispanic studies with a minor in sociology. 

Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2014




      

Emily Foxman '18 is an undergraduate student at Rice University majoring in Latin American studies and political science and minoring in environmental studies. Her research interests include democratization, institution building and the environment. She plans to study abroad during her time at Rice. 

Spring 2017, Summer 2016




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Alex Haer '16 is an undergraduate at Rice University majoring in political science.

Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2014




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Marissa Hall '14 graduated cum laude from Rice University with a bachelor’s degree in Hispanic studies and psychology.

Summer 2014




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Thomas Hsiao '18 is an undergraduate student at Rice University majoring in statistics. His research interests include education and health policy. He enjoys uncovering the story behind the data, especially when it comes to policy analysis.  

Spring 2016




      

Elizabeth Jowers '20 is a Rice University undergraduate student double-majoring in Latin American studies and political science. She is interested in government transparency, education and international relations, particularly the U.S.-Mexico border relationship. She is a 2017 Loewenstern Fellow, researching education nonprofit strategies in Lima, Peru. Jowers has traveled to Mexico, Honduras and Bolivia, and plans to study abroad in Mexico and Spain.

Spring 2017




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Danya Kachkou '17 is an undergraduate student at Rice University majoring in sociology and policy studies with a concentration in social change. Her research interests include education, human rights, gender issues and international relations, specifically between the United States and Latin America. She plans to study abroad in her time at Rice and hopes to pursue a law degree after graduation.

Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2014




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Louis Lesser '15 is an undergraduate student at Rice University majoring in history and minoring in business and statistics. 

Spring 2014




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Jie Liao is a student at Rice University pursuing a master's degree in statistics. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Huazhong University of Science & Technology in China. Her research interests include predictive modeling, data mining and statistical analysis.

Fall 2016




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Chunshan (Kelly) Liu is a master's student at Rice University majoring in statistics. She is responsible for data mining, organizing and maintaining databases, creating infographics and building websites for interactive data visualization. Her research in Mexico center focuses on Mexican public policy issues and the U.S.-Mexico binational relationship.

Fall 2016




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Sandra Lopez '18 is an undergraduate student at Rice University majoring in economics and political science. Her research interests include energy policy and education in Latin America. She intends to study abroad during her time at Rice. She ultimately plans to pursue her law degree and teach after graduation. 

Spring 2017, Summer 2016




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Jolen Martinez ’20 is an undergraduate student at Rice University majoring in political science, anthropology and history. His research interests include transnational institutions, international relations, globalized democratization and national development. He plans on traveling abroad during his time at Rice and attending graduate school.

Summer 2017




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Bernardo Perez '14 is a graduate student at Rice University studying comparative politics.

Summer 2014




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Angie Razo '16 is an undergraduate student at Rice University majoring in policy studies, with an international affairs concentration, and kinesiology at Rice University. 

Summer 2014




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Larson Rogers '15 is an undergraduate student at Rice University majoring in Latin American studies and political science.

Spring 2014




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Juan Diego Saldaña '18 is an undergraduate student at Rice University pursuing a major in political science and a minor in business. Originally from Bogota, Colombia, he has lived the majority of his life in South Florida. His academic interests include American politics, history, economics and Latin American studies. At Rice, he serves on the executive council of Will Rice College and as business manager of the Rice Thresher.

Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Summer 2015




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Sydney Vigran '17 is an undergraduate student at Rice University majoring in history and policy studies with a concentration in international affairs and political science with a focus on comparative politics.  

Fall 2014