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Alaina’s career aspiration is to apply economics to real-world problems at home and abroad through policy and urban development initiatives. The interdisciplinary double major in economics and international relations understood the best way to identify the issues important to her was to gain as much real world experience as possible during her time at Emmanuel.

She was able to take on an impressive five internships as an undergraduate, ranging from nonprofit organizations such as the United Nations Association of Greater Boston and the Borgen Project (which aims to address global poverty), to government agencies such as the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the Boston Planning & Development Agency and the Office of then-Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

On campus, Alaina also earned Distinction in the Field in both majors, presenting capstone projects on “The World Trade Organization: A case study of China and the U.S.” and “Building a Better Boston: Economic Policy Recommendations for the Infrastructure Bill.” She also served as president of Model United Nations.

Since graduation, Alaina has served as an Associate with CliftonLarsonAllen, a national professional services network that provides audit, tax and wealth advisory services across industries from education and health care to technology and government.

“All of my experiences have been extremely valuable, both in determining what I want to do and what wasn’t the best fit for me."