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Intern Spotlight: Marilyn Castaneda



Marilyn Castaneda joined OCED in January 2020 as a communications intern. Marilyn helps create the weekly newsletter for the Rural Development Center, as well as the monthly OCED newsletter.

Marilyn is a student at Fresno State majoring in print journalism with a minor in Spanish. She will be graduating in May 2020. Marilyn was born in Monterey, California, but moved to Hanford, California as a child and has lived there ever since. She currently works as an Editorial Assistant for Driscoll's Berries. 


How many languages do you speak? If you could learn another language, what would it be?

I speak two languages, Spanish and English. If I could learn another language it would be Italian because it sounds fascinating and I hope to visit Italy one day. 

How has your experience at OCED been like so far?

My experience at OCED so far has been very exciting and educational. I have learned to put together a newsletter, which I had never done before, and engage with various people. Everyone has been so welcoming and inclusive. From the beginning, I was included in office gatherings and I’m really grateful to have great colleagues. 


Have you traveled to another country? If you could, where would you like to go?

I have traveled to Mexico and Spain. I studied abroad in Spain the summer going into my Junior year of college. It had to be one of the best experiences of my life and would definitely recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity to do so. If I could, I would definitely go to Rome and Egypt. 


Where else have you interned/worked at?

I have worked at The Collegian at Fresno State as an editor for different sections of the paper. I have also worked at The Fresno Bee as a student writer, covering breaking news around Fresno County.