Melissa Cortes

University of Pennsylvania, College of Arts and Sciences, 2021

Major: Political Science

Minor: Spanish, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Language: Spanish (fluent), English (fluent)

Computer Skills: Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, basic Excel)


Melissa Cortes is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Political Science with minors in Spanish and Gender Sexuality and Women's Studies. Her experiences as a first generation college student and daughter of immigrants parents has influenced her interest to study laws and policies in relation to their intersectional applications to minority groups. She is fluent in English and Spanish and plans to continue her studies into law school. In the summer of 2019, Melissa interned at Philadelphia Legal Assistance where she drafted letters, petitions, and motions for clients seeking family law counsel. She translated and transcribed for Spanish-speaking clients and attended court with them. In 2018, Melissa was a Residential-Teaching Assistant for The Wharton School's Business in the Leadership World program where she held recitations classes for rising high school seniors engaging in a business competition, and facilitated trips and activities while providing guidance on the college process. In 2017, Melissa interned at Maduegbuna Cooper LLP, a civil rights law firm, where she again drafted petitions and motions for clients. At the University of Pennsylvania, she is a library assistant at the Walnut Street West Free Public Library of Philadelphia where she handles the day-to-day tasks of helping patrons. She is a Civic House Civic Engagement Intern where she meets weekly to discuss important topics of intersectionality, oppression, identity, and societal issues. In the spring of 2020, Melissa will be participating in Penn in Washington where she will taking nights classes by Penn professors and hopefully interning at one of D.C.'s top think tanks.