About the Internship
The New Mexico Chamber of Commerce is a non-partisan, statewide business association, providing lobbying, advocacy, and other resources for New Mexico businesses. NMCC’s mission is to use the leadership and vision of the New Mexico business community to drive positive change by developing and advocating for effective public policy initiatives, with the end goal of making our state a leader in industry, innovation, economic competitiveness, and overall quality of life.
NMCC’s Internship is sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico. The internship is a 200-hour long leadership program designed for undergraduate and graduate students. The program is unmatched in its engagement with business leaders, interaction with elected officials, and opportunities to support important initiatives that benefit the state of New Mexico and its economic well-being.
The NMCC Intern directly engages in NMCC’s member-driven policy development process by attending and participating in a variety of committee meetings. NMCC committees—comprised entirely of NMCC member businesses—offer a unique opportunity for NMCC members to add their expertise and judgement to our policymaking, as well as influence legislation and regulations that impact business. In addition to policy development the intern will have the opportunity to engage in educational, advocacy, and communication activities.
NMCC’s policy committees include: Agriculture & Food Processing, Economic Development & Technology, Education & Workforce Development, Energy & Extractive Industries, Environment, Water & Land Use, Healthcare, Taxation, and Workplace, Legal Reform & Government Accountability. The intern has the unique opportunity to participate in NMCC discussions, policy formation, work directly with industry leaders, attend events, and assist staff with special projects.
Fall 2023 Intern
Josiah Ward is a freshman at the University of New Mexico. He is pursuing a degree in Political Science and Communications. Josiah is a proud New Mexican and was born and raised in Albuquerque. After college, Josiah hopes to continue his education by either going to graduate or law school. He hopes to combine his education and passion for New Mexico to build up the community around him.
Past Policy Interns
Nectaria Kurth is a junior at the University of New Mexico, studying Sociology and Political Science with a designation in pre-legal studies and a minor in Philosophy. Nectaria was born and raised in Albuquerque. Nectaria hopes to continue her education following her undergraduate studies by attending law school. Nectaria’s hobbies include skiing, spending time with family and friends and traveling.
Almarina Sosa was born in North Carolina, and has lived the past 15 years in Anchorage, Alaska. She recently moved to New Mexico to pursue her degree in Political Science and Spanish at the University of New Mexico. She hopes to attend law school following her BA, and has a passion for social justice and politics. In addition she enjoys hiking, is an avid reader and loves to travel.
Sall Ahmadian is a junior at the University of New Mexico studying English and Political Science (Go Lobos!). He is originally from Clovis, NM and has previously interned with the State Legislature, US House of Representatives and 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office. He loves all things politics and besides running, he usually spends his free time trying to figure out how the world works, or just playing with his dog. Sall is excited to be a part of NMCC’s team.