Paxton Duff ’18 is living out the Centre Commitment as a summer intern working remotely with the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA).
Based in Washington D.C., COHA, a non-governmental organization, promotes the common interests of the hemisphere, raises the visibility of regional affairs, increases the importance of the inter-American relationship and encourages the formulation of rational and constructive U.S. policies toward Latin America.
While interning remotely, Duff is writing, editing and researching for the organization’s publications with the program director and other interns.
“COHA stood out to me, because I plan on pursuing a career related to public policy,” Duff said. “As a Spanish and politics double major, COHA was the ideal fit for me, and the organization’s stance on U.S. policies toward Latin America match my own views.”
His Centre experiences, like studying abroad in Mérida, in addition to skills he’s developed in Spanish and writing, prepared him for this opportunity.
“[Mérida] was a life-changing experience and inspired me to further research some of the places and topics that I experienced and discussed while abroad,” he said.
Although Duff is primarily working remotely, he’s had the opportunity to visit the headquarters in Washington D.C.
“I love the D.C. area, and the time that I spend there this summer will hopefully serve as a stepping stone to my post-graduate future,” he said. “The staff at COHA treats all the interns like professionals, so I am consistently pushed to improve my skills—an experience that will pay dividends in the long run.”
By the end of the summer, Duff hopes to have several published research pieces on the organization’s website and meet as many people as possible while in Washington D.C.
by Kerry Steinhofer
July 5, 2017