Fluent in English, Spanish and French, with a touch of Italian and Portuguese on the side.
When it comes to speaking, reading and writing a world language, Cilia Maria Ruiz-Paz has no problems. And she has taken advantage of her language skills when it comes time to get a job or an internship. "People have always hired me for my language skills." That was exactly why Principal Financial Group gave Cilia not one, but two internships. During her first summer with the Des Moines insurance giant, Cilia translated, compiled and analyzed international employee surveys. Then last year she researched, interpreted and presented information on the Latino market to Principal executives. "The world is such a globalized community, especially now. We communicate worldwide and I think I'm good at adapting between different environments. I like to think of myself as a mediator between two cultures. I'm able to show people the best of each culture."