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Luis Robles '17

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Washington, D.C.

Oxy Major/Minor:  

DWA Major, Economics Minor

Current Company:

International Republican Institute

Current Position:

Program Officer

Campus Involvement/Special Programs:

Oxy-at-the-UN, Ultimate Frisbee, Phi Kappa Psi, Study Abroad

Secondary Schooling:

N/A

Favorite MP/Cooler Food:

Salmon and Rice at the Cooler

Best Oxy Class:

Contemporary Issues in International Human Rights Law

Groups I Identify With:

First Generation, Latino/a students/graduates

Bio:

Born and raised in Southern California, now an East Coast transplant. I've always loved international affairs and history, so I decided to pursue a career in the broader field of foreign affairs. I first interned at my organization's European division in 2016 and loved it, so I applied for a position in the Latin America and Caribbean division after graduating in 2017. I've been there for about 4 years now and have helped implement democracy and governance projects throughout the region. I'm a first-gen graduate, so I often wondered where I could find support or guidance when I started at Oxy. I was incredibly lucky and found folks to help me with my academics and professional career, so I'd like to do my part and make sure others find their support as well.

Career Advice:

Be your biggest advocate. In other words, be confident in your skills, never feel afraid to ask for help or guidance, diversify your knowledge and never hesitate to pursue new opportunities.