Samantha Stein

 

University of Maryland
Class of 2017

 

Samantha Stein graduated from the University of Florida in May of 2015. During college, she served as the President of the Alpha Epsilon Phi organization, leading over 200 members and overseeing an annual budget of around $80,000. As President, she led the executive board and facilitated communication between AEPhi National and Greek Affairs at the University of Florida. Samantha’s interest in a career in public service was inspired by her involvement with the speech and debate team and a United Nations intensive summer program that she took part in in June of 2012. In 2013, she continued to explore her interest in international security policy during a summer immersion program in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she conducted research regarding the AMIA (Argentine Israelite Mutual Association) attacks, which took place in the 1990s on the Israeli Embassy. Samantha spent 4 months the following year in Valencia, Spain studying Spanish language and culture. While in Valencia, she volunteered teaching conversational English classes to middle and high school students.

In the summer of 2014 she worked as the policy intern for the Economic Council of Palm Beach County. Her main responsibility was to propose and draft alternative language to restructure the “Enterprise Zone” policy. This bill, set to expire at the end of this year, promotes business growth in underdeveloped areas of the state of Florida through tax incentives. Samantha also worked as an intern in Florida Senator Bill Nelson’s Regional Office in West Palm Beach developing an outreach database and advising constitutients on issues of the state. This past semester she continued teaching conversational English, as a Language Assistant for the English Language Institute at UF. Each week from Monday-Thursday she led a class of 15 international students in English lessons and took part in night and weekend activities to incorporate American cultural immersion experiences.