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In addition to forming strong oral and written communication skills in both Spanish and Portuguese, the department offers a rich undergraduate program that allows students to study the literature, language and cultures of the Hispanic/Latino and Lusophone worlds from a broad range of perspectives: film studies, gender studies, creative writing, history, and others. A variety of opportunities are available to students outside of the classroom as well, such as  faculty-led workshops in Latin America and Spain and service learning initiatives in the surrounding Hispanic communities. Whether in class, in one-on-one collaboration with the faculty, or in the larger community, our students develop the practical skills and cultural preparedness they need for their future as citizens and professionals in a world in which Hispanic/Latino and Lusophone cultures will play an increasingly important role.

Running with the Bulls

Miami In Spain - Summer 2015 - Running With The Bulls

Miami In Spain - Group Photo

Keeping Up With Our Students.

Taylor Shade - US Embassy in Madrid, Spain

This summer, I, Taylor Shade, had this wonderful opportunity to intern for the State Department at the Embassy in Madrid, Spain. Upon receiving my security clearance in June, I also received an email from my advisor with information regarding the internship. Surprisingly, my advisor and I had much more in common than I would ever have hoped for.

Julie Peters Akey, my advisor, from Cincinnati, graduated from Miami University in 1993. I recently just graduated undergrad in May 2015, however I will be returning to finish my Masters in Spanish. Julie and I, both, double majored in International Studies and Spanish, although our minors were focused on different regions of the world. Today, these two mid-western Miamians, have ended up working for the State Department in Spain. Julie is a Vice Consul and Foreign Service Officer here in Madrid, soon to be headed to Bogota, Colombia.

The State Department has given me an opportunity of a life-time. Having an internship, especially one like this that has taught me so much, will be crucial for my future career with the government. I have learned how to take meeting notes, record biometrics, do passport and report of birth application intakes, visit a prison, write reports, handle fraud prevention investigations, and much more. I was also able to see Julie speak at a High School graduation and I was able to hand out diplomas to the students. This internship has given me so much responsibility, real-world knowledge, and experience.

I would just like to thank Miami University for the wonderful opportunities they help their students achieve. I would like to thank the State Department for giving me this opportunity of a life time. I would also like to thank my family, for supporting my dreams and helping me make them a reality. 

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Taylor Shade

Miami University B.A.  2015 | Major: Spanish & International Studies, Minor: Latin American Studies

Miami University M.A. 2015 | Spanish

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