Brianna Garland '13

Brianna Garland '13 Studying abroad in Italy her junior year proved a life-altering experience for Brianna. Beyond exploring Europe and utilizing her fluency in Italian, she discovered an interest in the inner workings of U.S. embassies.

It was this interest that led her to undertake a competitive internship at the office of former Massachusetts Senator and former Secretary of State John Kerry starting in the summer of 2012—one that accepts less than 10 percent of applicants. She was assigned a role as an immigration intern, which she says strengthened her background in global studies and awakened new possibilities for a future career.

In her role, Brianna served as a liaison to constituents, aiding in the immigration and naturalization process. She had the opportunity to meet with Homeland Security and gain valuable knowledge about immigration law and the day-to-day plights of constituents and their families.

Brianna continues to intern part time in the senator's office and says the experience continues to cultivate her academic interests. She is currently working on her thesis for her senior capstone project, which will discuss immigration law, and credits the internship with providing great hands-on experience. After graduation, she intends to explore job opportunities abroad working in embassies, which she feels will complement her time spent in the senator's office.

"I felt completely immersed in the political world," she said. "Because of this experience, I know the career path I want to pursue after graduation."