Study Abroad Scholarship Helps Send CNR Student to NBC Internship in London


Thanks in part to the Russel and Deborah Taylor Foundation for Semester Abroad Study, Luisa Maria Garcia SAS'14 has spent the spring semester studying at Richmond University in London and interning with NBC's "Today" show.

"Interning at the NBC bureau in London has been a fantastic experience for me," Garcia said. "I get to work side-by-side with a great team of producers, writers, and correspondents on a wide range of stories." She attended an auction of Princess Diana's dresses, and met the actress Maggie Smith, known for her roles in the "Harry Potter" films and "Downton Abbey."

"It can get intense working in a newsroom because we are always on deadline," said Garcia, a Political Science and Communication Arts major who is specializing in broadcast and print media, "but I must admit that I work best when I am under pressure." One of her current projects concerns elephant poaching in Africa and required an interview with an activist.

Garcia said she enjoyed the international population of Richmond University. "I learn so much about the world just by talking to my classmates." She's also had the opportunity to venture outside London, traveling to Scotland and Turkey.

The Taylor Foundation awards scholarships every semester and during the summer; scholarships cover half the cost of study abroad. Any student in the School of Arts & Sciences and School of Nursing, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 may apply.

The College of New Rochelle's Study Abroad Program also brings students abroad for 7 to 10 days with the Bridging Cultures program.

Learn more about the Study Abroad Program and the Taylor Foundation scholarships

(Photo: Luisa Maria Garcia at the NBC News offices in London.)