Micaela Rostov ’19 has been awarded a Fulbright Binational Internship to Mexico. The internship’s purpose is to create mutual understanding between the private sectors in Mexico and the United States. Grantees are placed in cooperating businesses or NGOs, and take courses related to international business at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), one of the most prestigious private universities in Mexico.
Rostov, a Phi Beta Kappa world politics major, studied at Universidad de la Habana, Havana, Cuba in 2018. “I’m very excited about this program because I want to pursue a career in international law and I think working in Mexico will provide me with incredible insight into the field,” said Rostov, who has studied Latin America extensively. “Given Mexico's political and economic importance, gaining professional experience there and familiarizing myself with the U.S.-Mexico business relationship will be very beneficial for my future career.
“Similarly, I think the opportunity to work in an office abroad, hopefully a law firm, will be an invaluable experience because it will allow me to practice my Spanish in an office setting, make personal connections, and overall, help me to understand what it is like to conduct business in a different culture,” Rostov said.
Major: World politics
Hometown: Seattle, Wash.
High school: Lakeside School
Rostov said working in Mexico will help her understand how culture influences the way multinational companies and foreign firms operate. “International business is regulated as much by international law as it is by culture,” she said. “Thus, it is important for me to understand the nuances of conducting business in a different cultural context, specifically Mexico because of its importance in the international business community.”
While at Hamilton, Rostov was a field team intern for Anthony Brindisi for Congress, a Cuba/Central America intern for the Latin America Working Group in Washington, D.C., and was a research assistant in Hamilton’s Levitt Public Affairs Center.
Rostov was a Spanish class volunteer at Clinton Elementary School, a member and captain of the dance team, executive board member of the Student Dance Alliance, and peer advocate for SAVES (Sexual Assault and Violence Education and Support).