Hometown: Bluffdale, Utah
School: University ofUtah
Major: Political Science
Placement: The Office of Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto
Nadya Elizabeth Barba is a first generation Mexican-American born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the first person in her family to attend a university and is in her senior year pursuing dual bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and International Studies with a minor in Economics.
At the University of Utah, she is part of the executive board of Voto Latino – Utah Chapter based in Salt Lake City. Getting the Latino community out to vote is something she is very passionate about.
Throughout her college career, Nadya has previously completed two internships through the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. She was a Legislative Intern for Utah State Senator Luz Escamilla and interned in the office of the Utah Lieutenant Governor Spencer J. Cox. As an intern for Senator Escamilla, she was able to get firsthand exposure and experience with the policymaking process at the local level. As an intern in the office of the Lt. Governor, she learned about the behind-the-scenes work that goes into elections at the state level during an election year.
After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school and get into the international relations field. She is particularly interested in immigration foreign policy and human development both here in the U.S. at the southern border, and elsewhere in the world.
She hopes being a CHCI Congressional Intern will help her develop her leadership skills and teach her more about the policy-making process at the national level.