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Spring 2014 Congressional Intern

Carla Santamaria is results-oriented civic engagement professional passionate about promoting multiculturalism and diversity, civic involvement, and engaged citizenship. Born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Carla was raised in Miami, Florida, where she completed degrees at Miami Dade College, Florida International University, and the University of Miami. She is a two-time AmeriCorps alumna, serving with both the VISTA and state programs. Her passion for civic engagement has taken Carla on internships, fellowships, volunteer opportunities, and countless events engaging local, state, and national elected officials.

Carla is the recipient of the Florida International University School of International and Public Affairs Service Excellence Award and the Florida Campus Compact VISTA Member Recognition award. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Florida International University. She earned a Master of Science degree focused on community and social change from the University of Miami, where her research focused on non-traditional students’ conceptualization and implementation of civic engagement activities.

Currently, Carla is the Wolfson Campus Director for the Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy at Miami Dade College. She is an alumna of the 2014 College Internship Program and has remained involved with CHCI ever since.