Elvia Valle, Class of 2017
I grew up in Elgin, Texas, a small city near Austin. I attended St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas for my undergraduate degree where I majored in Global Studies and minored in French. As an undergraduate, I was a McNair Scholar and spent two summers doing research on European topics. One of my projects was selected for presentation at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. In addition, I worked as a CAMP (College Assistance Migrant Program) mentor for students of migrant backgrounds like myself. After receiving my degree, I spent a year studying at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna as a Fulbright Scholar.
I chose the MAGES program for its interdisciplinary approach to foreign affairs as well as my regional interest in Europe. I also believe that its emphasis on practical skills and professional development will provide me with the best preparation for a career in foreign affairs. Before starting my degree, I became one of the fortunate recipients of a Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship. Therefore, I will intern at the State Department here in Washington, D.C. next summer. Once I finish my degree, I will intern at an embassy overseas before starting my career in the U.S. Foreign Service.
Elvia was recently named one of "40 under 40 Latinos in Foreign Policy." Congratulations, Elvia!