Director's Intern Highlight: David Felipe Gutierrez

David Gutierrez is a rising senior concentrating in social studies with a minor in economics. Originally from Colombia, David is spending his summer as a Director's Intern in the Mexican government's Ministry of Public Administration's Digital Governance Unit in Mexico City, which is co-sponsored with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

David actively seeks to continue being aware of Latin American political and economic events as many of his family members still live in Colombia. Speaking about his internship experience so far, David said:

I learned more about the Mexican bureaucracy and how it changes with every election. Reading the OECD papers gave me context on what other reforms are needed for the Mexican government to improve. Working in Latin America is something I wanted to do, and I believe that it is a highly rewarding experience.

On campus, David is the Assessment and Evaluations Chair for the Phillips Brooks House Association and enjoys playing soccer with the Harvard B Club Soccer team.

The Director’s Internship program is a signature of the IOP. Since 1995, the IOP has partnered with high-profile organizations and elected officials around the world to provide substantive, career-oriented summer internships for undergraduate students interested in politics, government, and public service. These are fully-funded internships that allow students to gain experience in the public sector that may otherwise be difficult to obtain or finance. Students have reported these internships as leading to careers, larger networks, and significant development of professional skills.

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