The Santa Fe Council on International Relations (CIR) recognizes the invaluable role of interns. Below are current interns who are devoting their time throughout the 2021 summer. If you are interested in applying for an internship with CIR, please visit our Internships page for more information and access to the internship application.
Eric Oquedo is a third-year student at the University of Denver majoring in International Relations and Economics with a minor in Statistics. Eric was born and raised in Santa Fe but often travels to his Family’s hometown of Aldama, Chihuahua, Mexico to conserve his Mexican roots. Non-profits have been a significant part of Eric’s life and education as he has been both a student and teacher with Breakthrough Santa Fe since 2013. He enjoys music, learning about foreign cultures, and languages. Eric plans to attend Law School in the near future after completing his undergraduate studies. He will be Studying abroad this fall at Pompeu Fabra University located in the city of Barcelona, Catalonia in Spain. Eric is excited to be working as a CIR intern this summer!
Rebekah is a freshman at the University of Denver where she is majoring in International Studies with a minor in Journalism and Media Studies. She is a founding member of the FeelGood chapter at the University of Denver, a student-led organization aimed at raising money and building public support for the end of extreme hunger and poverty. Rebekah was born and raised in New Mexico and graduated from Moriarty High School. She was a high school fellow for CIR in 2019-2020 and is excited for the experience she will gain as a CIR intern.
NoaNoa is a Santa Fe native and a recent graduate of George Washington University. Having attended Desert Academy and completed the International Baccalaureate in high school, he studied international affairs with a concentration in economics and development in college. As a dual citizen with France and being trilingual, NoaNoa is excited by international relations and eager to work with delegates from around the world. He hopes to one day work for the State Department, UN, or a development NGO specializing in economic development or energy. When he is not working, you can find NoaNoa on the ski slopes, hiking, or playing the piano in his living room.
Xitlalitl Rodas is a high school graduate from the International Baccalaureate, Mandela International Magnet School in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She comes from an immigrant family; with roots from Durango, Mexico and San Salvador. She enjoys learning about cultures and has volunteered with organizations like the International Folk Art Market. For several years, she was a Peace Ambassador with Tomorrow’s Women and was a fellow with CIR for two years. During the fellowship she organized a livestream with her peers and was a keynote speaker for the 2020 Spring Gala featuring Ambassador Susan Rice. She is thrilled to be a CIR Intern! Xitlalitl will attend Smith College.
Elizabeth’s interest in international relations first developed through an internship at the Jim Thompson Foundation in Bangkok, Thailand. Since then, she has been passionate about international affairs and hopes to someday work in that field. In her spare time she enjoys participating in Speech and Debate, competing for her local club swim team, and playing jazz standards on electric bass.
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Nora was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico and was a 2019-20 CIR High School Fellow. She is currently a U.S. Davis Scholar and will be finishing her last two years of high school at the United World College in Montezuma, New Mexico. Nora enjoys engaging in her global community by working as an intern for the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and participating in local organizations with international programming. Nora is passionate about international relations and hopes to study them in college. In her spare time, Nora enjoys playing the cello, cooking, and spending time in nature.