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Aaron Bernal Lee

Aaron Bernal Lee
Major:
Economics, Mathematics
Graduation Year:
Spring 2015
“My internship at the Texas State Capitol has made me realize that in the future I want to be part of something greater than myself with the goal of doing good for society, just as I felt I was doing while working at the Office of the Governor.”

How did you find your internship?

The Global Studies BDP advisor, Christine Anderson, recommended I apply for this internship.

Describe the work you have done in your internship.

My work at the Office of the Governor involved contacting foreign companies, marketing investment opportunities in Texas to other nations, assisting in the coordination and management of the 2014 Border Governors’ Conference, meeting with foreign delegates, and assisting the State of Texas in international trade negotiations.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of your Connecting Experience?

Before the internship, all that I had ever learned of international trade came from textbooks and articles. Throughout this internship I had the opportunity to witness firsthand the actual process of international trade from a governmental perspective. I understand now how negotiations between a state and a business work.

Discuss the relationship you had with your faculty mentor and how your mentor helped you.

Dr. Stephanie Holmsten has been a great faculty mentor to me. Throughout the experience I felt that she was always there to help me think about the work I was doing. My experience would not have been as academically rewarding if it was not for Dr. Holmsten, who sent me relevant and interesting articles about the processes involved in foreign policy and international trade.

In what ways has this Connecting Experience shaped your plans for the future?

My internship at the Texas State Capitol has made me realize that in the future I want to be part of something greater than myself with the goal of doing good for society, just as I felt I was doing while working at the Office of the Governor. Also, through this internship I have made many valuable connections and met interesting people that have been willing to go out of their way to help me any way they can. I believe these connections will help me further my career once I graduate from UT.