Córdova & Fernós Interns Share Their Fall 2013 Experiences with Senator Nadal

Córdova & Fernós Interns Share Their Fall 2013 Experiences with Senator Nadal

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Alexandra Ojeda
October 17, 2013

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) hosted Senator Jose Nadal from Puerto Rico for dinner with the Córdova & Fernós Program to celebrate the fall 2013 class. The dinner took place at Bucca Di Beppo in Washington, D.C. Other guests in attendance included:


  • Ivelisse Estrada, Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations at Univision and TWC Board Member
  • Joel Montalvo, TWC alumnus

The students had the opportunity to meet and share what their experience has been like living and interning in Washington, D.C. this fall. Senator Nadal and Board Member Ivelisse Estrada were pleased to hear from the students about their time in the program.


When asked about her time here so far, spring 2013 Córdova intern Leslie Linares said, "The Córdova & Fernós internship has enriched the lives of every single one of us in a professional, international, and academic sense. Even though we are far away from Puerto Rico, we have learned to value our Hispanic roots through the experiences forged only by the combination of being in Washington, D.C. and this internship experience." Emilio Cruz, who is currently interning at the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs office in D.C. said “The Washington Center has changed my life. I have not had a greater cultural, academic and professional experience." At the end, Senator Nadal recognized the importance of a program like Córdova & Fernós, which provides Puerto Ricans with additional tools to enhance their academic experience through an academic internship in the nation’s capital.


The Córdova & Fernós Congressional Internship Program is an academic internship program that was created in 1993 by the Legislative Assembly of Puerto Rico to provide outstanding college students on the island the opportunity to spend a semester in Washington, D.C. By giving these college students the opportunity to work as interns in the United States Congress, Federal agencies and non-governmental organizations, this internship program enriches their academic, personal, and professional lives. This year the Cordova & Fernos Program celebrates its 20th anniversary and celebrates hundreds of outstanding alumni that are currently working and living in Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.


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