During her four years at Catholic University, Lissette Escobar has taken advantage of the internship opportunities that abound in Washington, D.C. She has interned at the Organization of American States, on Capitol Hill and at the InterAmerican Development Bank.

She has also served as a research assistant for two professors, Martha Cruz Zuniga, associate clinical professor and director of economics, and Maria Sophia Aguirre, professor of economics, on economic development studies in Guatemala and Paraguay.

“My time at the Busch School has been all about finding my vocation”
– Lissette Escobar

“My time at the Busch School has been all about finding my vocation. And for me that means pursuing development projects in Latin America,” says Escobar, who speaks both Spanish and English at home.

“My father, who is professionally involved in development in Latin America, is from Bolivia and my mom is from Nicaragua. So I grew up exposed to diversity and international influences,” says Escobar.

Her immediate plan is to attend graduate school at Columbia University. And then she wants to effect change in education development in economically disadvantaged communities in Latin America. In that endeavor, she says, she will consider what she has learned about subsidiarity and solidarity.

“I don’t just want to be a voice for those living in poverty. I want to show them how to use their own strength and abilities so that their voices are heard.”


This article is excerpted from a multi-story feature presentation about the Tim and Steph Busch School of Business and Economics that appeared in the spring 2017 issue of The Catholic University of America Magazine