During Mélina’s first year of law school, she was selected to take part in the Missions Commerciales de l’Université Laval during which she received several months training on various aspects of international trade. As part of the program, she spent three weeks in Mexico on a trade mission and was responsible for business development of a Quebec company active in the renewal energy sector. Mélina spent the 2016 winter semester studying law at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, where she perfected her fourth language Portuguese. She volunteered at the Human Rights Law Clinic at the university, working to improve the access of regional immigrants to post-secondary studies. She has been working for the past few months as an immigration and refugee law student in Québec City and is also involved with the International Criminal and Humanitarian Law Clinic at Université Laval, where she carried out different legal mandates, including for a United Nations Human Rights Council special rapporteur and for Lawyers Without Borders Canada. Before entering law, Mélina lived one year in South America, working six months as an English teacher with two NGOs in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. During this period, she also started a mobile English school for homeless adolescents and young adults in Brazil.