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NMSU student lands internship with New Mexico Legislature

Sante Fe will be the temporary home for New Mexico State University student Adan DelVal, who after a competitive application process received one of two internships offered through the New Mexico Legislature.

New Mexico State University senior Adan DelVal claimed one of two competitive slots for an internship offered through the New Mexico Legislature. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

DelVal, a senior majoring in government and Spanish, will be working for the Legislative Council Service in Sante Fe July 1 through Dec. 31. DelVal will provide staff support, legal and policy research, issues analyses, speech writing, budget analyses and committee organization.

"I'm very excited," DelVal said, "This internship will be a great learning experience with networking, learning procedures, writing bills and different areas of government within the legislative branch."

The New Mexico Legislative Internship is offered to two New Mexico students and are competitively selected based on statement of interest, resume and transcript. In addition, applicants were interviewed by their individual universities.

"This internship is a great fit for Adan and is a good step in his future goals," said Vicente Vargas, director of state government relations in NMSU's Office of Government Relations. "He's a good writer and from my experience that is an important component for this internship; his writing sample and cover letter really displayed that talent."

Under this internship DelVal will not only gain professional experience but will have the opportunity to work and interact with legislators, committees, state agencies and the public. In addition, DelVal will receive a $9,000 stipend for his work.

In the past three years NMSU has had three students successfully complete this internship with a past recipient offered a permanent position with the legislature two years ago.