Meet the LAI Interns

The UCLA Latin American Institute launches a new student internship.

Meet the LAI Interns

Interns L to R: David Tellez, Deisy Moreno, Nancy Alcaraz-Arreola, Mallory Adragna (Photo by Jennifer Lainez, LAI)

"I see this internship program as a way to strengthen ties with students interested in Latin America studies on campus." - David Arriaza, Executive Director

UCLA Latin American Institute, February 1, 2018 – This initiative is an integral part of the ongoing expansion of the the UCLA Latin American Institute's (LAI) research and outreach programs and will enhance the LAI’s profile on campus and within the Los Angeles community.

After a competitive search, the LAI selected four great candidates to serve as its inaugural cohort of interns.

Each intern brings a fresh perspective to our activities as well as an enthusiasm for Latin American studies. These notable students are pursuing majors within the International Institute and will be receiving academic credit for their work.

The UCLA Latin American Institute welcomes:

Mallory Adragna
International Area Studies- Latin America

An East LA native and transfer student, Mallory loves to travel, backpacking style. Mallory looks forward to meeting professionals and professors whose work focuses on Latin America.

Nancy Alcaraz-Arreola
Political Science and International Development Studies

When Nancy’s not working or focusing on her studies, she enjoys playing soccer and visiting her family in Cutler. Nancy anticipates gaining more insight on issues in Latin America.

Deisy Moreno
Global Studies

A transfer student from Orange County, Deisy hopes to learn more about Latin American cultures within Los Angeles through the internship. When not focusing on her academics, Deisy loves to learn new languages, such as Japanese.

David Tellez
Biology and International Development Studies

Hailing from East LA, David enjoys outdoor activities such as going to the beach and hiking. David is interested in seeing the growth of Latin American studies in academia.