Daniel Muniz-Garcia '16
Through the ILR’s Employment and Disability Institute, I completed a research internship in conjunction with Israel's Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Finance in Jerusalem, Israel. The research I conducted focused on Israel's national disability policy and ways to encourage and help people with disabilities enter the competitive workforce.
I also had the privilege of participating in a business seminar series with Google at Google's headquarters. I was exposed to the business side of the technology industry through different interactive workshops spanning people operations, tech finance, enterprise and sales. The program allowed me to participate in a competitive case competition addressing Google's current market constraints.
This upcoming fall, I will participate in the Cornell in Washington D.C. program where I will be conducting research on economic development in the D.C. area. Aside from conducting research, I will take classes and work part time within the economics/business industry.
The first semester of my freshman year, I learned of a New York City internship program focused on nonprofit government work offered through the Cornell Urban Scholars Program. I have an interest in law, and, luckily, I got placed with the Legal Aid Society.
The work I did was related to benefits. With a partner, who was also an ILR student, I staffed a hotline for low-income New Yorkers and processed their requests for pro bono legal assistance.
We also helped out on a class-action lawsuit against Domino's and some of its franchises, which were charged with shaving the pay of employees in the back office and paying them as though they received tips. Since I speak Spanish and a lot of the clients were native Spanish speakers, I was able to interview them. After we finished, the case was settled in their favor.
Through the Cornell Global Law Brigade, I took part in a weeklong service learning project in which 32 undergraduates helped low-income residents of a rural community in Panama. We worked alongside Panamanian lawyers, teaching residents about family law and their rights.
It was a cultural immersion experience, too. We got to experience conditions that were different than in this country, so it was definitely eye opening. I applied and received funding from ILR for this experience.
Sabor Latino Dance Ensemble
I tried out for the team because I like to dance and Latin dance is something I really enjoy. It's a good stress reliever and makes me engage in something other than academics. It's very fun, social, and interactive.