2023 Fall Congressional Interns
Congressional Intern, Presented By: Walmart
Hometown: Avondale, Arizona
School: Arizona State University
Major: Political Science
Placement: The Office of Rep. Raúl Grijalva
Nathalya was raised in Phoenix, Arizona, by a mixed-status family. Growing up, she witnessed her parents work heavy labor jobs to support their family while exposed to Arizona’s anti-immigration laws. As a result of the dehumanizing legislation on Latinos, it gave Nathalya the drive to cater to her community.
Her interest in education stemmed from her two Mexican immigrant parents, who always instilled the importance of obtaining a college degree; she is always reminded that education is the only thing nobody could ever take away from her. On campus, Nathalya served as a student fellow for Aliento, a nonprofit organization, where she worked towards passing the historic Proposition 308′ in-state tuition for undocumented students,’ the first ever pro-immigration law in Arizona. Nathalya also served on the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO) board, where she planned and hosted various community service events, focusing her public service on issues hindering the Latinx community.
Nathalya is a senior studying Political Science and Global Studies at Arizona State University. Upon graduating, she plans to attend law school, hoping to pursue a career in Immigration and Civil Rights Law. A law degree would afford her the opportunity to be a voice for herself while also being a voice for the voiceless.
As a CHCI Intern, Nathalya hopes to gain experience in the legislative process, train her leadership skills, and expand her community engagement. She hopes to work on policy issues addressing marginalized communities’ racial and socioeconomic disparities.