Internship gives student inside view of Latin American businesses

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February 07, 2012

When Green Terror linebacker Diego Weiner is at home in Miami, he spends as much time as he can in court. The junior Political Science major wants to be a criminal defense attorney and can’t get enough of watching his father in action.

“We have a family dream, my brothers and I, to all be attorneys and form a family firm with my dad,” Weiner says, explaining that he, his three brothers Fernando, Max and Jake, and his parents, Jeff and Bonnie Weiner, are an exceptionally close family. “I don’t want to sit behind a desk all day – I love arguing a case and I’m a big fan of public speaking.”

Even his recent Jan Term internship in Colombia – which he describes as incredible – hasn’t changed his career direction. His three weeks split between two large Colombian corporations opened his eyes to the many dimensions of businesses and he surely enjoyed speaking his native Spanish again.

During the weeks in Bogota and Barranquilla, he came to understand everything from the manufacturing process to marketing to retail and shipping of cosmetics with the corporation Fedco and glass for skyscrapers and other buildings with Technoglass, where working on the production line was reserved for highly skilled workers.

“As well as working in many roles, I worked closely with the CEOs and was able to observe and learn how they lead multi-million-dollar companies and make daily decisions that affect people's wages, product prices, and many more issues,” says the 6-foot-2-inch, 245-pound Weiner, who works at his dad’s law firm during most breaks and in the summer. “They even took me to Cartagena to see their glass in the skyscrapers.”

A fascinating experience, he says, but law still owns his heart.

“We look at criminal defense as defending people’s rights,” Weiner says, adding that his experiences in football and track have shown him that he simply won’t quit no matter how difficult the task. “There's a long road ahead of me because I want to become an attorney. But just like the sports I play, I won't stop or give up because it gets hard.

“And McDaniel athletics have really instilled in me a need to better myself and work as hard as I possibly can.”

Looking ahead to next football season, Weiner has confidence in a team that is so close he describes it as a 65-member fraternity.

“We’re hoping to build on that and create wins,” he says. “Besides, the record doesn’t reflect how well we did so I am excited about next year – I think it’s going to be a whole different story.”

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