During their summer internship at the Department of Energy (DOE) Headquarters in Washington, DC, DOE Fellow students from Florida International University (FIU) attended a breakfast reception with FIU president Mark Rosenberg and members of the Florida delegation at the US Capital Building on June 25, 2012. The students included DOE Fellows Claudia Cardona and Janty Ghazi from the FIU-DOE Science and Technology Workforce Development Program (http://fellows.fiu.edu ), as well as other interns from FIU. Among the delegation present were Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, and Congressman David Rivera.
Discussions at the breakfast reception included various aspects of FIU, ranging from finances to class availability. President Rosenberg was pleased to get the detailed feedback from the FIU interns about their views on subjects pertaining to the university. President Rosenberg also recognized that Claudia and Janty were with FIU’s Applied Research Center (ARC) as part of the DOE Fellowship program. President Rosenberg was very proud of the work and research that goes on at ARC and expressed his support in the program. He mentioned the great job Dr. Leonel Lagos (DOE Fellow Program Director) and his DOE Fellows are doing at ARC as well as at the DOE sites throughout the country.
The Florida delegates expressed how impressed they were with the internships being performed by FIU students at the different government agencies and departments. They spoke of their support for FIU and the various programs that made the internships possible.