CHICAGO, IL － Over the Summer, Senator Martin A. Sandoval selected Carolina Cervantes as one of two interns that were part of a Summer Legislative internship at the 11th Legislative District Office. Carolina is the daughter of immigrant parents from Mexico and a sophomore at Loyola University Chicago, double majoring in Political Science and Computer Science.
“I fundamentally believe that we should invest in our youth by preparing them for the future, whether it is in public office or the corporate sector. That is why I make it my mission to lead by example,” stated Senator Sandoval. “I know that Carolina has much to offer in any field she chooses to pursue.”
Carolina’s passion for politics and computers allowed her to put both of her majors into use, allowing her to fulfil her desire to learn more about local and state government. “I was beyond excited to get started,” said Carolina. “From the moment I joined the team, Senator Sandoval emphasized that I was going to be doing important work that would help future staff members better serve constituents.”
During Carolina’s second week, she had a chance to see Senator Sandoval in Springfield during the budget impasse. She learned how bills are passed, and got to meet many of the legislators in charge of passing laws that affect the State of Illinois. “It was admiring to watch how much he [Senator Sandoval] vouched and went out of his way to help the Hispanics community,” Carolina stated. “What he [Senator Sandoval] preached was actually something that he strived to do in Springfield and in his district. This experience was so valuable to me; I do not want it to end.
Senator Sandoval is currently the Co-chair of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus. He represents the 11th Senate District, which includes the neighborhoods of Brighton Park, Clearing, Gage Park, Garfield Ridge, Little Village, West Lawn, and West Cook municipalities of Bedford Park, Burbank, Cicero, Forest View, Lyons, McCook, Stickney, Summit and Riverside.