Baruch Alumna Wins Fulbright Mexico Binational Business Award
June 23, 2023
Baruch College alumna Daniela Toribio (BA ’21) won a prestigious U.S. Student Fulbright award, which provides a coveted opportunity to learn about business communities in Mexico for this aspiring international trade policymaker.
Toribio, who will participate in the Fulbright Mexico Binational Business program, double majored in political science and philosophy, with a minor in psychology, from the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences.
“Knowing how competitive Fulbright is and how essential it is for my career place, I am certain receiving this award will be life-changing,” says Toribio. “While reading the decision I shed tears of happiness and gratitude for the opportunity, and for all the support I received from my advisor, professors, and friends.”
Toribio, who was founding coordinator for Baruch’s Initiative for the Study of Latin America, “fell madly in love with the region,” which inspired her to apply for the Fulbright award.
“I became deeply invested in the cultural, historical, economical, geopolitical interdependence among the Western Hemisphere countries,” Toribio mentioned. “Fulbright is the unique experience to learn first-hand how these connections and communications work, and how they could be improved.”
During a ten-month period, Toribio will intern at a company or organization while taking MBA courses at a Mexican university. Previous program participants have been placed in a variety of organizations including multinational companies, financial institutions, airlines, and start-ups.
“As an aspiring international trade policymaker, I am interested in learning how the private sector plays a role in shaping and implementing trade agreements,” Toribio says. “The Binational Business Internship gives me the opportunity to learn how a Mexican business operates daily, and how Latin American culture reflects their business philosophies and strategies. It will equip me with the multicultural understanding that will help me be an effective policy maker able to serve as an intermediary for U.S. and Latin American trade relations.”
Fellowships and Scholarships Advising Support
Baruch students interested in applying for fellowships and scholarships can visit Baruch College’s Office of National & Prestigious Fellowships Advising. This office helps guide students through the application process when pursuing awards that support their academic studies.
In addition to the Fulbright award, other opportunities available to students include the Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship, Gilman International Scholarship, Freeman-ASIA scholarships, Venture for America, Public Policy International Affairs Fellowship, and many more.
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