Diogo Cruz (MIDP ‘17) is the first fellow in the Master of International Development Policy program to be selected for the Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations. The program, available to students in member schools of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), places fellows in summer internships with a member of Congress or in the U.S. federal government.

“I am extremely happy to be chosen for this fellowship and honored at being selected,” Cruz said. “I know it is going to be a very interesting summer and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Cruz’s internship will be in the office of Rep. James McDermott of Washington’s 7th congressional district, which comprises most of Seattle.

A member of the Democratic Party, McDermott is a member of the House Progressive Caucus and serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, which deals with issues such as health care, social security and economic development and trade. Cruz will be working closely with this committee during his time as a fellow.

“I will be able to put into practice what I have learned during my first year in the MIDP program, specifically topics like policy analysis and economic policies, which are my main professional interests,” he said.

Cruz holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the Federal University of Pernambuco in Brazil, and worked for the Central Bank of Brazil at the Executive Secretariat.

The Rosenthal Fellowship was established in 1977 in memory of Harold Rosenthal, a Senate staff member and victim of international terrorism. The program gives students interested in international affairs an introduction to the inner workings of the U.S. federal government and Capitol Hill.

While in Washington, D.C., students participate in the Rosenthal Roundtable Series, which are lectures and panels that offer unique networking opportunities with key figures in the U.S. government.

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