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Interns are an integral part of the UNA-GB team. Read about UNA-GB’s past and present interns! Want more information? Check out our website for more information: http://www.unagb.org/

Meet the Interns: Fall 2015

The fall semester is almost at a close and we thought we would take the opportunity to introduce our incredible intern team!  If you’re interested in joining our intern team in the future, see our criteria here!

SherSha AtifSherShah

Where are you from, where do you go to school, what are you studying?
I am from Peshawar, Pakistan. I study International Relations & International Communications at Boston University.

Based on the Food alone, where in the world do you most want to visit?
Based on the food alone, I would like to visit Turkey.

What would a movie based on your life be called and who would play you?
A movie based on my life would be called “Connect the Dots: The 3rd Culture” and the actor that would play me would be a young Marlon Brando.

What were you for Halloween?
For Halloween, I was a monkey.

What do you love the most about interning at UNAGB?
What I love most about UNAGB is the team enthusiasm for the collaborative work that we do.

Siobhan Billings Pearce

10470600_731891333537978_2061723635056516309_nWhere are you from, where do you go to school, what are you studying?
I am from Norridgewock, Maine and I go to Emmanuel College where I am a senior double majoring in International Studies: Sustainability and Global Justice and Spanish.

Based on the food alone, where in the world do you most want to visit?
One time I saw Andrew Zimmern on Bizarre Foods eat a brains and liver soup from a street vendor in Bangkok and he couldn’t stop talking about how delicious it was. I’ve dreamed of eating my way across Thailand ever since.

What would a movie based on your life be called and who would play you?
A movie about my life thus far would be called Pero, like, and would tell the story of my travels and struggles through Spanish-speaking nations with my limited Spanish.  Emma Stone would play me because I am a ridiculous person.

What were you for Halloween?
I was Kim Possible. Call me beep me if you want to reach me.

What do you love the most about interning at UNAGB?
I love that my supervisors trust me with serious tasks. I feel that my work here is appreciated, I feel supported and it is wonderfully fun to see a project you’re working on be finished to completion and to see the people it affects.  I also like the other interns.  We learn a lot from each other.

Linnea Erickson

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Where are you from, where do you go to school, what are you studying?
Mount Desert Island, ME. Emmanuel College. Political Science with minors in History and Middle Eastern studies.

Based on the food alone, where in the world do you most want to visit?
EVERYWHERE

What would a movie based on your life be called and who would play you?
“Uh-oh” played by Haley McKinnon

What were you for Halloween?
I was “Irish” for Halloween. Wore green, gave myself two clover sharpie tattoos, and kept the red hair. I rocked it.

What do you love the most about interning at UNAGB?
Honestly, I love the people I work with

Shehab Fass

ShehabWhere are you from, where do you go to school, what are you studying?
I’m originally from Egypt but I moved to the U.S three years ago. I go to Alnoor academy (high school) and planning to major in international relations next year!

Based on the food alone, where in the world do you most want to visit?
TURKEY

What would a movie based on your life be called and who would play you?
SHEEZUS, Daniel Radcliffe

What were you for Halloween?
A STUDENT APPLYING TO COLLEGE REFINING HIS COMMONAPP

What do you love the most about interning at UNAGB?
I love the flexibility and the inclusion of all interns. The teamwork is AMAZING and we all feel like family together. I feel like my work has a real impact on real people out there and this in itself motivates me to continue working with maximum effort.

Bee Keswa

Where are you from, where do you go to school, what are you studying?Bee
Johannesburg, South Africa, Framingham State and Cambridge College, Liberal Arts and Business.

Based on the food alone, where in the world do you most want to visit?
If I could go anywhere in the world based in the food alone, I would go almost everywhere. I would go to China first and I would try to catch every festival they have, particularly the moon festival because they have different traditional meals for different festivals. Then I would go to India and then I would go to Spain and Italy.

What would a movie based on your life be called and who would play you?
“Beautiful Things Are Coming” because that’s what my Zulu name means. Keke Palmer will be a young me, Gabrielle Union can play the middle me, Viola Davis can play the older me and Cicely Tyson can play the Grandma me.

What were you for Halloween?
A leopard, but only because by minion costume fell flat.

What do you love the most about interning at UNAGB?
I love everybody that I work with. I am really happy that I have a group of people that I get along with that I can ask questions to and who I hope learn from me because I definitely learn from you guys. I like the fact that we get to be so hands on and so involved in the model UN conference and the source material that the different teachers, different schools the children use and we get to see where our work goes. I also like the whirl of information and world topics that swirl around the think tank table whether about House of Cards or ISIS or displaced people; they are conversations that add something beautiful for the experience.

Celia Lao

Where are you from, where do you go to school, what are you studying?
I am from Panama. I went to Lindenwood University – St. Charles, Missouri. I have a B.S. in EconomicsCelia

Based on the food alone, where in the world do you most want to visit?
Italy and Greece

What would a movie based on your life be called and who would play you?
Movie: Exploring the World -Actress: Shu Qi-Hong Kong actress-many people say I look like her.

What were you for Halloween?
Olimpia – Greek Goddess

What do you love the most about interning at UNAGB?
Making friends from all over the world!

Sabrina Marques

Where are you from, where do you go to school, what are you studying?
I’m from MoSabrinaorestown, New Jersey, which is only about 20 minutes from Philadelphia. I’m a sophomore at Boston University studying International Relations!

Based on the food alone, where in the world do you most want to visit?
This is a tough one… My entire family is Portuguese and I love Portuguese food so I’d definitely be happy to go there to eat!! Other than that, probably Barcelona, because I love tapas, or pretty much anywhere with great seafood!

What would a movie based on your life be called and who would play you?
Hmmm… I’d like it to be some kind of crazy travel adventure story, because I hope to travel a lot throughout my life, but I’m not sure what it would be called. To play me, I’m thinking maybe Audrey Hepburn when she was young. This is mostly because my parents chose to name me after watching the 1954 movie Sabrina, which she was the main character in. So I feel like I have some kind of a connection to her. She was also a UNICEF Ambassador for several years, and I think that’s really cool.

What were you for Halloween?
I was Kelly Kapowski from Saved by the Bell!

What do you love the most about interning at UNAGB?
I really love seeing how all the work and research the education interns do directly impacts the programs! Kids use our materials and learn from them, and that’s a really cool thing to observe and take in. It’s also just really inspiring to see so many young students interested in global affairs.

Tuaha Mubarak

TuahaWhere are you from, where do you go to school, what are you studying?
From Lahore, Pakistan, Boston University Graduate, Studied Business Administration

Based on the food alone, where in the world do you most want to visit?
The south of France because cheese.

What would a movie based on your life be called and who would play you?
Title: He Made Fetch Happen. The hope is that by the time I am 70 I will have made enough positive contributions to humanity that people will say, “He Made Fetch Happen.” Manny from Modern Family will play me.

What were you for Halloween?
A Formal Apology. I wore a suit and had an “I’m Sorry” sign around me. Get it? Formal Apology?

What do you love the most about interning at UNAGB?
The fun, passionate, and diverse intern team. We all have such different backgrounds, which means that we learn something new every day.

Adelaide Sargent

Where are you from, where do you go to school, what are you studying?Adelaide
I’m from Gardner, Massachusetts (and technically Guatemala), I go to Northeastern University, and I study International Affairs with concentration in Middle Eastern Studies, Arabic, Linguistics, and Psychology.

Based on the food alone, where in the world do you most want to visit?
The entire Mediterranean… Spain, North Africa, Lebanon, Greece, France… I couldn’t possibly pick.

What were you for Halloween?
I was Black Swan. Not, as a roommate suggested, a duck.

What do you love the most about interning at UNAGB?
The free coffee, granola bars, M&Ms…just kidding. But those are an important perk for sure. My real answer is probably the work environment our bosses create. Everyone’s so encouraging and helpful all the time.

An Intern’s Trip Around Europe

One of my all time favorite quotes says, “The world is an open book and those who do not travel read only one page.”  When I first read this quote, I told myself that I would like to read as many pages as I can. So I applied it to my life. Growing up, I was always an adventurous child. I was very curious to learn more about the world, people, food, different cultures, landscapes, and all the history. As I grew, I had the privilege of traveling to a few countries. Through that, I set my bar high and told myself that I would travel around the world one day. I just didn’t know when I would start.

I have never been a New Years resolution fanatic. I get bored reading all the Facebook posts every December/January about the endless lists of resolutions that my friends make (don’t tell them)! Just 3 years ago, I told myself that I will join the “New Year’s resolutions boat” in a fun and positive way and start fulfilling my wish of traveling around the world. I set a goal and told myself that every year, I have to travel to at least 3 countries that I have never been to, and that was the beginning of my journey. I have always been very fond of Europe, the culture, the dress style, the men, the accents, the vibe, you name it! When I planned my travels, I figured i would start exploring Europe.

Europe is a very beautiful continent with wonderful people who are so friendly. If you live in United States, you may find Europe to be very expensive but the experience you’ll get is worth every penny. Among all the European countries I’ve visited, below are a few of my favorites and what’s special about them.


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First, Norway is a must visit country! The history, the culture, the food,and its nature (not to mention the beautiful men) are among many reasons why I love Norway. You will feel safe, fall in love with the people and cities, and get lost in the astonishingly beautiful nature that it offers. While I was there, I took a train ride from Oslo all the way to the world’s largest ski jump area called Holmenkollen where you get the views of the whole city of Oslo. I all got a chance to see the deepest lake in Europe, Hornindalsvatnet!

London3Secondly, is there anybody out there who does’t like the British accent? Because I totally do and that is one of my reasons why I love England! I have to say that London is one of the cites that I have been to that has the most upbeat and amazing vibe. It just makes you want to get up and go. I love everything about London, except for the unpredictable weather! But London is one reason why I own a pair of rain boots and a raincoat because I want to be prepared every time I visit. Oh, and I love to jump in puddles so the English weather is not an issue anymore!  Last but not least, the transportation system is so much fun. Riding the tube almost makes me feel like I’m a Charlie in the Chocolate Factory. The voice announcements are just so delicious for the ears to hear!

IcelandIceland has another-worldly beauty that will keep your head turning from every direction and point you are at. I am big into nature and I like to visit scenic places. I was amazed at how much beauty Iceland has to offer. From the city of Reykjavik, to the waterfalls, and geysers; this country is a must see! The Vikings and their history, not mentioning the food that you can eat such as horse steak and shark! And Icelandic man once said to me “the world call it horse and shark, we call that food.” I tried horse steak while sitting in a historic Icelandic restaurant that had viking sculptors, hangings, and decorations all over. Not sure I would have it again, but how cool is it that I got to try it at all?!

LuxembLastly, Luxembourg is the first European country I first fell for, my first love (as I call it). If you like clean cities and are kind of allergic to large crowds, then Luxembourg is one of the places you must visit. You will get a breath of fresh air that you get from its beautiful nature, without worrying about breathing in carbon dioxide from other people around you. I do not recall seeing a single bit of litter while walking all over the cities of Luxembourg. It is spotless!


So there are my favorite European countries. What are yours and why? Hopefully I get to travel a lot more in the coming months and will be able to update you on my new favorites!

An Intern’s POV

The semester long internship- a staple of the college experience. Yet, even the lucky candidates have to cross their fingers and pray that the position does not meet the Hollywood image of the experience – shredding files or fetching coffee. Luckily, our experience at UNAGB was far from it. Yes, there were a few sporadic post office, supply store and bank runs but the bulk of the duties focused on communication outreach and event planning. The work ranged from writing our very first WordPress blog and Tweets (I know shocking!) to kickstarting a Young Professional’s favorite Taste of event, to helping out at Cocktails with Consuls and the Women’s Forum. We were beyond fortunate to work with wonderful individuals and meet interesting local entrepreneurs and international dignitaries all sharing the same passion for global awareness and development. Here are a few personal takeaways from my time at UNAGB:

(Christine’s takeaways)

Christine made this Taste of India event happen!

1. The rewarding experience of running a nonprofit

Who ever said running a business, a nonprofit for that matter, was a walk in the park? Working at UNAGB provided exposure to the ins and outs of the running a successful organization focused on creating a global and local impact. From writing out invites and thank you’s to the organizations gracious members to budgeting out events, running a nonprofit requires diligence. But it is immensely rewarding when you can see the immediate success from all the hard work you’ve put into. The work is without a doubt fulfilling and passion driven.   

2. Model UN is awesome

Model UN is only for political science geeks, or so I thought. I was proven wrong. MUN is for everyone, from student in middle school all the way up to the collegiate level and beyond. It provides a great opportunity to meet and work with individuals that you would never meet elsewhere. In addition you get to dress up professionally and discuss critical issues affecting the world today. Who doesn’t love a good debate and dressing up a little? But don’t take my word for it, read about testimonies by other fellow interns and middle school students who have participated in the UNAGB’s Model UN conferences on “Model UN and Our Impact”.

3. Sharing is caring

You know the saying, “Sharing is caring”? Well it’s true, and it’s what makes working at UNAGB so great. For a small office environment with few hands and many tasks, everyone is eager to lend a hand, a foot, a voice. Interns and even the Director would assist the Programs team in preparing for UNAGB’s successful events like the UN Day Luncheon. In return, different departments would help the Education team with operating the numerous hectic, fun conferences and simulations.

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(Tabia’s experiences)

Model UN:

There is something about international people that just makes me so excited and full of energy. When I attended MUN this past summer, I was excited to meet all the international faces that were present. One of my favorite experiences was meeting some students and their director who were planning to take a trip to my home country Malawi. I am a hugger and did not hesitate for a second to hug them upon hearing their interest in Malawi. The whole environment was just welcoming and made me feel at home upon seeing all the countries that were represented. Not only did I get to learn about different countries and personalities, but I also felt that feeling of comfort where you just feel like everyone in the room share the same passion as you. It is one of my favorite feelings.

Tabia meets the Ambassador of Ireland at the UN Day Luncheon!

Great connections

Ever read about other people in the news that you go like “wow, I wish I could meet that person, or knew them personally?” UNA-GB is a place that makes the “wow” dreams come true! I have had some opportunities of meeting some great people in different careers such as doctors, professors and many others. The conversations I have had with them have been eye opening and just enriching. Just last week, I got a tremendous opportunity of meeting Ireland’s Ambassador to United Nations and consuls of many countries such as Chile and Greece. Do you think I could have just met those people in a coffee shop and strikes up a conversation about how they inspire me? Unless if they would carry name tags with them that says who they are, right?! Speaking with Ireland’s Ambassador who happened to have been to my home country in Malawi not only made me happy but I also felt at home.

UNA-GB is a great learning environment

I have learnt so much from UNA-GB about other African countries through research projects that I have done. One of my favorite tasks has been researching and following the Nigerian girls who were abducted from their school in Nigeria. Bring Back Our Girls has been one of the areas that has brought so much interest in all my learning experience.

~Christina and Tabia Programs Interns, Fall 2014

The Girls Count Act of 2013

Girl Up is a United Nations Foundation campaign that works to support girls in the developing world in a holistic way. Girls deserve the opportunity of getting an education, but a solution isn’t as simple as just building a school. Girls need to be safe walking to and from school; healthy so they are not missing school due to illness; and they need to have legislation in place that works to secure their protection. Girl Up looks at all of these issues and their goal is to make sure that girls are safe, healthy, educated, counted, and positioned to be the next generation of future leaders. Girl Up works as a grassroots movement. In schools, college campuses, and community centers; clubs work to raise funds and awareness for Girl Up’s mission.

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Girl Up supporters pose for a picture in Washington, D.C. after a long day of lobbying.

This year, one of Girl Up’s main campaigns is to ensure that girls in the developing world get birth certificates. A birth certificate is legal documentation that proves a person’s citizenship, where and when they were born, and their nationality. It also serves as an official form of identification. Fifty-one million children are not registered at birth, a majority of whom are girls. Without a birth certificate, girls do not exist in the eyes of the law, hence preventing them from benefitting from society in both economic and social aspects. If they are victims of abuse or human trafficking, it is difficult to bring them justice because they are invisible to society.  Without a birth certificate, girls face a higher risk of forced labor and child marriage. In addition to that, they cannot vote, start their own businesses, get a drivers license, become employed, or own property when they are older. A birth certificate is the first step in guaranteeing the rights girls have as citizens.

The Girls Count Act of 2013 was introduced in Congress by the House of Representatives to authorize the Secretary of State, and the Administrator of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to support programs that will benefit in improving civil registration and vital statistics system while concentrating on birth registration and promotion of programs that prevent discrimination against girls, and promote women’s inheritance rights in developing countries (US Congress). Furthermore, the bill also makes sure that women and girls are in contact with foreign assistance policies and programs that focuses on their needs. It should be in the best interest of these women to have the power to speak up about problems that affect their lives and have their needs addressed in the formation of the development assistance programs.

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Meeting with the Regional Director from Senator Warren’s office

The Girls Count Act of 2013 would “encourage countries to uphold the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” There are many human rights listed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that are not protected when a child does not have a birth certificate. Among the rights that are listed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, some of the rights include: the right to property, right to education, right to freedom where no one should be held in slavery or servitude, and the right to enter marriage with free will and consent (United Nations). When girls don’t have birth certificates, it is easier for their human rights to be violated. Ensuring birth certificates for girls helps in protecting their human rights.

Members of the Quincy High School Girl Up club met with the in-district directors from Representative Lynch's office to discuss the Girls Count Act. Representative Lynch (MA-8) later became a co-sponsor of Girls Count! Woohoo!

Members of the Quincy High School Girl Up club met with the in-district directors from Representative Lynch’s office to discuss the Girls Count Act. Representative Lynch (MA-8) later became a co-sponsor of Girls Count.

Members of Girl Up have been working to support the Girls Count Act in many ways. They have been writing letters, sending emails, calling offices, and scheduling meetings. Last June, Girl Up supporters from all around the country gathered together in Washington, D.C. for a Girl Up Leadership Summit, where they gained valuable leadership experience, and learned more about Girl Up. They marched up to the Capitol Hill where they had a Lobby Day, and meetings with Representatives, Senators, and staff. Girl Up supporters have also scheduled many meetings in their own states to encourage their Congressmen and women to become co-sponsors of the Girls Count Act.

Last Monday, members of the Girl Up Greater Boston Coalition – made up of Girl Up clubs in the Greater Boston area –  met with the Regional Director from Senator Elizabeth Warren’s office to discuss why they support the Girls Count Act. At the meeting, they were able to explain the benefits of the Girls Count Act of 2013 and why Senator Warren should become a co-sponsor. They have a meeting scheduled next Monday with a staff member from Senator Edward Markey’s office. The purpose of the meeting is to ask Senator Markey to become a supporter and co-sponsor of the Girls Count Act. If you support the Girls Count Act, you can send an email to your Representatives and Senators in Congress, call their office, or even schedule a meeting yourself!

Girl Up is working to ensure that girls are safe, healthy, educated, counted, and positioned to be the next generation of leaders. Through advocating for the Girls Count Act of 2013, Girl Up supporters are making progress towards protecting the rights of girls and women in the developing world. Fifty-one million children are not registered at birth, a majority of whom are girls. Numbers count. So should girls.

Members of the Greater Boston Coalition with the Regional Director from Senator Warren's office

Members of the Greater Boston Coalition, including UNA-GB intern Lyndsay, with the Regional Director from Senator Warren’s office.

Fall 2013: Meet the Interns!

Rose Llanos-Almeida UNAGB InternRose Llanos-Almeida

I am a second year graduate student studying international affairs at Boston University. My area of focus is theory and policy and I am very much interested in Latin America, specifically Brazil. I was originally born in Florida but my parents are from Peru and El Salvador. My heritage has played such a significant part in my professional interests that I decided to major  in Portuguese and Spanish for my undergraduate studies. During my free time, I love to go salsa, forro, and samba dancing and spend time with my husband, friends and family. I also love traveling; visiting Brazil has been one of the highlights of my travels. One place I would love to travel to is Greece; I spent the summer studying abroad in Geneva, Switzerland and visited many other places in Europe yet did not have enough time to squeeze in Greece. Ultimately, my dream job would be to work in international development focusing on improving the lives of children, their families and communities.

Marc Orlandella UNAGB InternMarc Orlandella
I am a senior at Boston University majoring in International Relations and Business Administration.
I am from Saugus, MA. In my free time I serve as a mentor at BU, helping new students adjust to campus life. I offer my help and advice when new students need some assistance. My favorite place I’ve traveled to is probably Madrid. I studied abroad there over the spring semester and it was an awesome experience! It’s a beautiful city. While I was there I had the chance to learn a lot about the culture and increase my Spanish speaking skills. If I could go anywhere in the world I would choose Italy, especially Sicily. My whole family comes from Southern Italy and my grandfather is from Sicily. I would love to visit and spend time there! My dream job is being involved in the education field. I love working with students and mentoring, so I think I want to work for a school/university. It would be especially great if I had the chance to combine international relations with an education position. Or more realistically, I would be an actor and star in my own sitcom on TV. I would want to use a time machine to travel into the future, like maybe a thousand years ahead. I’m curious to see how the world will be and how it will look. I think it would be pretty great to see all the new technology that will exist.
Kyeu Eun UNAGB Intern
Kyeu Eun (Cathy)
I am from Seoul, South Korea. In my free time, I like to walk around outside, listen to music, and look at different design blogs. My favorite place that I have been is Vancouver because of the beautiful environment and diverse groups of people. I would love to travel to Greece someday because I would like to look at ancient architecture and artifacts in person. Also, Greek food is absolutely amazing! If I had a time machine, I would like to observe 10 years from now, which would be 2023, because I would like to see my parents’ health conditions and warn them now to be become healthy.

Eliza Berg

Eliza Berg UNAGB Intern

This is me above the Thames in London, where I studied Conflict Resolution in the summer of 2012

I am currently a senior at Boston University studying International Relations and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and I am very excited to continue my internship at UNA-GB! Originally from a small town in New Hampshire, I have slowly become accustomed to the busy city life in Boston and I love all of the diverse opportunities for research, networking, performance, and art (to name a few) here! One of my favorite things to do in Boston is take walks along the esplanade next to the Charles River, and to eat delicious food at restaurants and cafes with a variety of cuisines. I’ve made it my goal to go to one restaurant per month that features food from a different area of the world (which should be easy with YP’s awesome “Taste Of” events!) One of the places that I have always wanted to visit is Morocco, and I am finally getting the opportunity to go to Rabat in January to do some independent research! I would also love to visit other North African and Middle Eastern countries, and I love learning the Arabic language.  For these reasons (and because of my research interests) I hope to one day work for a non-profit or government agency that promotes women’s rights in the MENA and other developing countries.

Jennifer Beiwise UNAGB intern

This is me outside of Belfast City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Jennifer Bleiwise

I am a senior at Northeastern University studying International Affairs with minors in Political Science and History. I’m from a small town in central New Jersey. I love traveling abroad, and I have studied abroad multiple times and have done internships abroad as well. I have studied in England, Austria, the Czech Republic, and France, and did two different internships in Northern Ireland. I really enjoyed studying in Austria and the Czech Republic because I have both Austrian and Czech heritage. Every city I have been to is beautiful and charming in its own way, but if I had to go back to one, I would buy a one way ticket to Belfast, Northern Ireland. My dream job would probably be to be a country singer!

Lesley Ta UNAGB Intern
Lesley Ta
Hi, my name is Lesley Ta and I’m currently a senior at Malden High School in Malden, Massachusetts. I was born and raised in Boston. I will be a first generation college student; I hope to have a career concerning international relations or political science. I have a gravitational pull toward water sports – I love rowing, kayaking, sailing, and paddle boarding. Although I’m not the most athletic person out there, I enjoy being able to physically and mentally challenge myself. In the following spring, I will be traveling to Beijing and Shanghai through my school. I’m so excited to be here at the UNA-GB, having participated in the same Model UN conferences that I now assist with.
Alyssa Russell UNAGB Intern

This is me in front of the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland

Alyssa Russell

I am a senior at Boston University studying International Relations and Public Relations. I am originally from Falmouth, MA, which is on Cape Cod. I have always loved anything and everything to do with the ocean. In my free time, I love to read, walk or hike outside, write, and explore wherever I happen to be living! Last year, I studied abroad in Paris, France, doing an internship program. I learned so much and got to travel all over Europe; it’s hard to choose, but I think that my favorite place was Edinburgh, Scotland. I loved the medieval feel of the city, the natural beauty both in and around the city, and the people- and I even got to see a fire festival while I was there! If I had a time machine, I would want to go to the lost Inca city at Machu Picchu. I have two dream jobs: one would be to be a highly-in-demand travel blogger, paid to travel all over the world and write about it, and the other would be to work for an international nonprofit, maybe doing conservation or development work.

Montana FredrickMontana Fredrick UNAGB Intern

I am a sophomore at Northeastern University studying International Affairs and am from Chicago, IL. This semester my free time has been devoted to movie hopping–seeing three movies for the price of one–and creating homemade conditioners. I have been to the movies about three times this semester and seen five movies, my goal is to see all of the films that have been given the Oscar nod. I would definitely go to Morocco. I am fluent in French but miss being around french speakers, although Morocco isn’t the first place people go to practice their french I have recently become fascinated with their presence in North Africa. My dream job is to be an international super star like Celine Dion! If I could, I would go into the future to see myself at age 30. I’m curious to know what I will be doing for a living, what friends I will have and if I have kept any, what my younger siblings would be doing, where I will be living, and what the world would be like.

Summer 2013: Meet the Interns!

Summer 2013 has started and so have the new interns! Here is a little bit more about each one…

“Ali’s Interns” (Programming)

At PAUL Bakery in Prague

Me at PAUL Bakery in Prague eating a macaroon, one of my favorite pastries!

Brittany Osachuk
Hi, my name is Brittany Osachuk and I am a fifth year student at Northeastern University studying International Affairs with a minor in Political Science. I am a citizen of the U.S. and Finland and grew up in central Massachusetts but spent time living in Grenada and Finland during my younger years. I have a passion for travelling and experiencing new cultures which has led me to study abroad in the Czech Republic and Japan. In my free time I love to dance hip-hop and am on the No Limits Dance Crew at Northeastern. Fun fact: I can speak Finnish fluently, and yes, it is an uncommon and unusual language! If I could be anyone for a day I would be a KGB spy during the Cold War.

If I could be anyone for a day, I would be Darius Rucker so I could wagon wheel all the time.

Tim Lawlor

My name is Timothy Jude Lawlor Jr. I am a senior at the University of Massachusetts Lowell (home of real education). I am from Merica, meaning I am American from Irish background. My favorite country is Germany, and my hobbies include outdoors activities and working on my truck. Fun fact – I worked in Germany for a summer at a camp for the Boy Scouts.  If I could be anyone for a day, I would be Darius Rucker so I could wagon wheel all the time.

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Along with academics at PC, I am also a cheerleader for the men’s and women’s basketball teams, and I enjoy dancing with the dance club and playing intramural soccer.

Cayla Barbour

Hi! My name Cayla and I am a rising junior at Providence College. I am a Raynham, MA native, but both of my parents are from Lebanon making me 100% Lebanese. I love my family’s homeland,but Lebanon is only one of my favorite places to travel. Being a Spanish minor, I love Spain, specifically the city of Granada. I love countries and languages, and that has inspired me to pursue a degree in Global Studies with a double minor in Spanish and Political Science. Along with academics at PC, I am also a cheerleader for the men’s and women’s basketball teams, and I enjoy dancing with the dance club and playing intramural soccer. A fun fact about me is that I can lick my elbow, and if I could be anyone for a day, I would be Kate Middleton (or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge).

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A casual picture of me skydiving recently.

Shuvam Rizal

Hello. My name is Shuvam Rizal and I am a junior at UMass Amherst. I am from Kathmandu in Nepal, but my favorite place is obviously here at UNA-GB building in Boston.  Like Tim, I am fan of Darius Rucker’s “Wagon Wheel,” and one of my hobbies is jamming out to it on the guitar every now and then. Fun fact – A large part of me is still very angry at Scar for Mufasa’s death. If I could be anyone for a day, I’d be one of the Beatles, no question!

“Rebecca & Monika’s Interns” (Education)

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My hobbies include volunteering at my local church, playing the piano and going out with my friends!

Beatriz Pereira

Hi! My name is Beatriz, and I am currently a sophomore at UMass Boston studying Political Science and International Relations. I am originally from Vitoria, Brazil but I have been living in Boston since 2001. Officially I am Brazilian because I was born in Brazil but I have a crazy mixture of German, Portuguese and Italian because of my parents’ ancestors. If I had to visit one place I would go to Australia, who wouldn’t want to visit the biggest island in the world? I love their accents, their free-spirited style and their way of living. My hobbies include volunteering at my local church, playing the piano and going out with my friends! I would love to be Queen Elizabeth for a day, to just know the feeling of being a queen without the responsibilities. A random fun fact about me is — I am a little obsessed with painting my nails.

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I love Thai, Chinese, and Mexican food!

Maham Ahmed

Hi, my name is Maham, and I will be a freshman this fall at UMass Amherst! I am from Reading, MA, and I am originally from Pakistan. I love traveling especially to older cities like London, but I am a little biased when it comes to my favorite city as it would have to be Peshawar, Pakistan, the city I was born in. My hobbies include cooking, baking, reading, watching movies, making collages, and photography. I love Thai, Chinese, and Mexican food! A fun fact about me is that I can speak 6 languages (including English).  And if I could be anyone for a day I would probably be… Michael Kors or Vera Wang.

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If I could choose a person to be for a day, it must be Luxun, a writer who used his pen to fight against darkness and dictators, and his books influenced and inspired many young people at that time.

Wenwen Zhang

My name is Wenwen Zhang, Class 2013 in Wheaton College. I am from an ancient city Shaoxing (China) with 2,500 years’ history. I really want to visit North Korea one day and learn the local cultures and history. I love travelling and photography, and three facts about myself: 1. I cannot swim and am afraid of water; 2. I always mix “kitchen” and “chicken”; 3. I am a big fan of Mayday, a Taiwanese band. If I could choose a person to be for a day, it must be Luxun, a writer who used his pen to fight against darkness and dictators, and his books influenced and inspired many young people at that time. I am really interested in economic development and I would like to work on improving people in developing countries’ living standards in the future.

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A fun fact about me is that I won Best Hair in my graduating class and if I could be anyone for a day I’d be James Bond.

Caio Alvim

Hi, my name is Caio and I’m going to be a freshman at Umass Boston in the  fall where I’ll be studying Political Science. I was born in the town of Mendes Pimentel in Minas Gerais, Brasil. I’m a native Brasilian of both Italian and Portuguese ancestry. I haven’t traveled enough to have a favorite place picked out in the world but there’s no place I want to get to know more than northern Italy. I love my hometown of Boston and I’m a huge Boston sports fanatic! I love film and acting and I hope to one day pursue my love of acting and become a major Hollywood film star. I also love international relations and might end up choosing to become a diplomat and follow my love of international diplomacy. I love sports, and I was a Division I swimmer in high school and hope to continue swimming in college. A fun fact about me is that I won Best Hair in my graduating class and if I could be anyone for a day I’d be James Bond.

Meet our Spring 2013 Interns!

A new year has started, and here at the office, we have so many new and returning interns that we would like for all of you to meet. Each intern has shared with us some quirky and interesting facts about themselves. Check out what each had to say below:

Naa Aku S. Addo- Education 

 DSC04420If you could be any person for a day, who would you be and why? 

Michelle Obama. An African-American woman in power is something I aspire to be. A diplomatic woman whose focus is on the wellness of women is inspiring. Hopefully in the near future, I can also be a woman of color in office who will give young girls and women a voice to feel empowered.

If you could travel to any place in the world and spend 2 weeks there, where would you go?

I would love to go to Dubai, The United Arab Emirates. I have heard great things about that place. The hospitality, shopping malls as well as the rich Arabian history the land and museums hold.

What is your favorite hobby?

Traveling and Shopping with my mother

Any other fun fact about yourself that you would like to share! 

I speak three Ghanaian languages: Ga, Twi and Fante

  

Jiwon Ma- Education  

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If you could be any person for a day, who would you be and why?

Tina Fey. She radiates with beauty, intelligence, humor, and confidence. She makes humor, and intelligence go hand in hand, and she makes it look so easy! Whenever I’m stressed out, Tina Fey reminds me that life can be difficult, but you can make the best out of the situation.

 If you could travel to any place in the world and spend 2 weeks there, where would you go? 

I would love to visit Machu Picchu. I have been so fascinated by it, and it has inspired me to study Spanish ever since I was in middle school.

What is your favorite hobby?

While I’m not on almost every social networking websites – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flipboard, and the list goes on – I love to read classical novels, write in my journal, read up on interesting historical facts, drink coffee, knit, listen to music, hang out with friends, and collect mugs.

Any other fun fact about yourself that you would like to share!

When I was 2 years old, and my brother was 4 years old, I was bigger than him. I have pictures to prove it if anyone is interested.

  

Grace Holley- Education 

 BoliviaIf you could be any person for a day, who would you be and why?

If I could be one person for a day, I would be Jay-Z! He has a commanding presence that draws attention from all over the world, and I would use that power to speak (and record a few songs) on world/community issues.  The power of music is incredible– I’ve always thought that the potential of a lot of mainstream songwriting is wasted when it could be bringing attention to bigger things and spreading more positive ideas. Plus, I’d get to be seen with Beyonce.

If you could travel to any place in the world and spend 2 weeks there, where would you go?

I would like to go everywhere in the world, but if I had to choose, I would go to Bhutan. It seems to be unlike any place I’ve ever been, and it would be interesting to learn about a way of life that is said to be more centered around peacefulness than anything else.

What is your favorite hobby?

I enjoy traveling, drawing, dancing, reading/watching inspiring speeches by world leaders and studying maps.

Any other fun fact about yourself that you would like to share!

In middle school, I placed 3rd in a national Scrabble competition, winning a box of Hasbro games the size of my living room! One other fact is that I hope to move to DC soon and eventually work in the Foreign Service!

Nathalie Van Der Elst- Education 

 DSC01617If you could be any person for a day, who would you be and why?

There are so many people I wish I could be, and when I look at their traits, I realize it is because I want to be someone excellent and passionate about what they do, whatever that may be; a world-class athlete, a great mother, or the best pizza-maker in all the land. These people inspire, their words and actions send chills down my spine, and they gain happiness and fulfillment in their lives. I hope to achieve this level of excellence and character.

If you could travel to any place in the world, and spend 2 weeks there, where would you go?

I would go to New Zealand for the beautiful landscape, and to visit locations of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy (best movies!).

What is your favorite hobby?

I love to sing, to the point that it annoys others. I sing in the shower, while I cook because it makes cooking bearable, at work (yep the UNAGB office) on a daily basis, mouthing on the T, and ‘occasionally’ at karaoke. I guarantee UNAGB karaoke will happen!

Any other fun fact about yourself that you would like to share!

I was born practically bald, but as you can see in my photo, I have grown to have a nice, thick set of hair. Thanks Dad!

Cynthia Haas- Education 

Fiji_CynthiaHass_UNA_GBIf you could be any person for a day, who would you be and why?

I usually say that I wouldn’t trade my life even for a day but the semester is getting a little heavy so…I’m gonna take a break from this life and be Oprah for a day! Yay!! Oprah has been my secret best friend since about age 4. Being so tiny and underage for adult content, I would hide behind the sofa and watch her every day as my parents sat on the sofa thinking I was being an obedient child doing my homework.  For as long as I can remember, one of my biggest dreams has been and still is to meet the world. Being Oprah I’d be able to do just that. So let the dreams come alive! It’s Oprah time!

If you could travel to any place in the world and spend 2 weeks there, where would you go? 

Hands down, I would go to Spain. I feel a spiritual connection to the colorful houses, the motor scooters and the summer romances that are in nearly every movie.

What is your favorite hobby?

My absolute favorite hobby is to travel. More specifically, going on random adventures trying anything and everything I’ve never done. This is my expertise, so much so that Megabus and Travelocity are two of my absolute best friends.

Any other fun fact about yourself that you would like to share!

Fun Fact: I’m kind of obsessed with New York. I run a talk show there that you should all know about because it leverages the voice of youth like us! www.GimmeMo.com! Oh, another fun fact, I thread eyebrows! Yay for being groomed! Want to know more about me? Follow my journey @CynthiaHass on Twitter! See you there!

Devin Denny- Programs: Signature Events 

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Nicholas Kristof. I admire his work concerning women’s empowerment across the globe, human rights abuses, and advocating for underrepresented communities. In the future, I hope to expand upon Kristof’s work through advocating for human rights and gender equity.

If you could travel to any place in the world and spend 2 weeks there, where would you go? 

India! For the past six years, I’ve been studying Hinduism as an academic hobby. I would love to travel around India to see the Taj Mahal, the Golden Temple, Rajarajeswaram, and the Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

What is your favorite hobby?

Traveling, going to Celtics games, and bikram yoga.

Any other fun fact about yourself that you would like to share!

I drink a minimum of three cups of coffee a day.

YeJin Kim- Programs: Young Professionals 

IMG_3502If you could be any person for a day, who would you be and why?

I would love to be my parents for a day so that I can understand (at least a little bit) how it feels like sending a daughter to another country and not living together.

If you could travel to any place in the world and spend 2 weeks there, where would you go? 

Egypt to see the Great Pyramid of Giza

What is your favorite hobby?

Reading blog posts about food that I can’t cook by myself, listening to Broadway musical soundtracks, writing greeting cards, and taking photos on sunny days

Any other fun fact about yourself that you would like to share!

I love “card shopping” at Papyrus because I like picking out cards with sweet phrases/messages to give to people. Christmas card shopping is my favorite part of the year.

Marcela Aguirre- Programs: Communications 

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This is a hard one because I have two options. One option is to be Secretary General of the UN for a day. Being able to work for the UN is one of my dreams so it would just be amazing to see international relations in action. My second option is to be Paloma Herrera, principal ballet dancer at American Ballet Theatre. She’s such an incredible dancer and it would just be amazing to dance like her for a day. Additionally, it would be a dream come true to dance for ABT!

If you could travel to any place in the world and spend 2 weeks there, where would you go?

There are so many places to which I would love to travel. However, if I could only choose one, then I would choose Brazil. Ever since I started learning Portuguese a few years ago, I’ve become a bit obsessed with everything about Brazil: the country itself, the culture, the food, the music, the language, to name a few.

What is your favorite hobby?

My favorite hobbies include dancing (ballet, modern, jazz), traveling, reading, playing tennis, and learning new languages. I also enjoy photography!

Any other fun fact about yourself that you would like to share!

I’ve been a hardcore Francophile since I was 6 years old! It was at this age that my brother, who is a few years older than me, taught me a few words in French. I immediately fell in love with the language and so I made it my mission to learn it. Every school project that I ever did in elementary, middle, and high school was related to France. I even minored in French as an undergraduate! I just love everything about France and the French. My dream/goal is to be able to speak French fluently and live in France.

 

Valeria Vidal- Programs: Membership 

IMG_2727 If you could be any person for a day, who would you be and why?

I would be Michelle Bachelet, ex president of Chile and former executive director of UN Women. Her work is extremely inspiring in Latin American politics while making a breakthrough in history.

If you could travel to any place in the world and spend 2 weeks there, where would you go?  

I would go to Japan! I actually just got accepted to a month program to be there and study comparative politics and public policy!

What is your favorite hobby? 

Traveling as much as possible! Locally, going on long bike rides.

Any other fun fact about yourself that you would like to share!

I just recently became a US citizen and now have dual citizenship with Peru!

Eliza Berg- Programs: Women’s Forum 

DSC05649 If you could be any person for a day, who would you be and why?

Because Devin swooped up Nick Kristof already, I would choose to be Hillary Clinton (or anyone who gets to work with/for her!) I greatly admire Ms. Clinton for many reasons, one being that she has worked to empower women around the globe by focusing on programs and initiatives in the State Department that address gender issues. I hope to emulate her work ethic and dedication to her job in my present and future life!

If you could travel to any place in the world and spend 2 weeks there, where would you go?

Everywhere! I haven’t been to many places outside of the U.S., so there are many areas of the world that I hope to explore one day. One place that is top on my list is Turkey. I’m fascinated by the history of this not quite European but not quite Middle Eastern country! I think I would split my trip between Turkey and Sweden (an unlikely duo, I know). I have relatives in Sweden and it is also a country that I admire!

What is your favorite hobby?

I love to dance, sing (as in sing in the shower), read, learn languages, explore new places, and hang out with family and friends! My favorite hobby is probably watching a good TV show series!   “Seinfeld” will forever and always be my favorite TV show.

Any other fun fact about yourself that you would like to share!

When I studied abroad this past summer (with Marcela!), we casually walked past Jack White on a side street in Brussels.

Patrick McNicholas- Programs: Consuls Ball 

profile If you could be any person for a day, who would you be and why?

Secretary of State. Past, present, or future. Being in the middle of the most important and complex foreign policy decisions would be a dream come true. The travel, the people you would meet, and the experiences wouldn’t be bad either!

If I could travel to any place in the world and spend 2 weeks there, where would you go?

I would love to see all of Italy. The country has so much to offer from the mountains up north to its gorgeous coasts and cities. I am a bit of a history nut and Italy certainly has plenty of it.

What is your favorite hobby?

Favorite hobby is definitely golf. Takes my mind off of everything.

Any other fun fact about yourself that you would like to share!

New England boy for life!

Nars Chang- Programs: Consuls Ball 

IMG_1926 If you could be any person for a day, who would you be and why?

I don’t want to give up any single day of being myself. I hope that I can truly be myself everyday—not to giving in for fears, not to give up out of frustrations, always speak for my heart, and fight for what I truly believe.

And I would like to be anyone who fits the description.

If you could travel to any place in the world and spend 2 weeks there, where would you go? 

I want to travel, just travel, in the next 10-20 years. No idea where I am going yet!!

In this case, if I can go somewhere and spend 2 weeks, I want to go back to Taiwan and spend 2 weeks with my family and friends.

What is your favorite hobby?

Movies!!! I love movies. Walking and biking are great also.

Any other fun fact about yourself that you would like to share!

Taking pictures of shadows—bright vs. dark, shadows are just pretty!!

 

*Want to be an intern for this upcoming summer or next Fall? Then, check out this link to find out how to apply: http://www.unagb.org/get-involved/internships

UNA-GB Intern Date

Time flies! The fall semester is almost over and it’s been fantastic with our awesome group of interns. Before the crazy weeks of finals, our interns decided to hang out and celebrate the end of the semester outside of the office. With great meals and drinks at the Cheesecake Factory, the interns enjoyed “UNA-GB Intern Secret Santa,” guessing who got whom. Everyone filled out their wishlists beforehand except Josh, our only guy intern. They all loved their secret santa presents!!!

It was a wonderful “Intern Date” and everyone enjoyed it. And that’s all for this semester! Happy holidays and we’ll be back!

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A Warm Welcome to the Fall 2012 interns!

As the leaves are changing in New England, so are the UNA-GB interns! We would like to give a warm welcome to our new, wonderful fall semester interns and to congratulate those returning for more. We have a colorful array of new and old faces gracing the office with varied backgrounds, interests and strengths; each bringing a little something special to the office.

Programs:

ImageMarcela Aguirre

I am a second-year international affairs graduate student at Boston University. My specific concentrations are theory and policy with a regional focus on Europe. I hold an undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in communication studies with a minor in French from University of Texas at El Paso. This past summer I studied abroad in Europe for an international conflict resolution program with BU. I spent the first month in Geneva learning theories and concepts of conflict resolution while visiting international organizations such as the United Nations. I spent the second month in London learning case studies in conflict resolution. After I complete my master’s degree in May 2013, I hope to find a job in the field of public diplomacy.

YeJin Kim

I am YeJin Kim, a second-year international relations and international communication graduate student at Boston University. I was born and raised in South Korea up until high school, when I moved to the United States and attended high school in North Carolina. I received my bachelor’s degree in public relations from Indiana University Bloomington. I love meeting new people, traveling, taking photos, and learning about different cultures. In the future, I hope to work in the communications sector of an international organization. I’m excited to be working with the United Nations Association of Greater Boston this Fall because I’m eager to learn skills from the experienced UNA-GB team.

Devin Denny

I am Devin Denny and a graduate student at Harvard University earning a M.T.S. in Religion, Ethics, & Politics, specializing in women’s rights within Islam and Hinduism. I graduated from University of Rochester with a B.A. in European History and Comparative Religion with Honors. I am particularly interested in human trafficking, international human rights public policy, and educational equity. After spending my summer in Morocco, I am determined to perfect my Arabic verb conjugations! When I’m not studying, I love crossword puzzles, ballet, and planning trips to all corners of the world.

Valeria Vidal

My name is Valeria Vidal and I am a junior at Northeastern University pursuing a dual degree in international affairs and language, literature and culture .I have two minors, one in law and public policy and the other in sustainable business practices. I am originally from Peru but I have grown up in many different places around the world such as the Netherlands, Costa Rica, Argentina, Dominican Republic, and France to name a few. I am passionate in my support of the UNA-GB’s mission to work with students in the Boston area by keeping them informed, engaged, and inspired in the work of the United Nations.

Education:

ImageNathalie Van Der Elst

Hi! I am Nathalie Van Der Elst, a recent graduate of Boston University with a major in international relations. I come from Belgium, from my father’s side, and my mother is South Korean. However, I have never lived in either of the two countries. Instead, my father’s work took me to places such as Turkey, where I lived for 14 years, and China. My parents have very different backgrounds but it is their international mindset that gave them the courage to pursue life across the world, an attitude that has inspired me. I believe the UNA-GB has the same mindset. One that teaches us to understand, learn, and experience different cultures, and become immersed in a global, giving community. I hope to further my studies through international law to continue promoting internationalism; and perhaps someday I can inspire others too.

Anna Avetissian

My name is Anna Avetissian and I am currently a graduate student at Harvard University. In 2008, I founded a fundraiser to raise awareness and funds for the underprivileged youth in Armenia. This experience inspired me to pursue a degree in international relations. I believe strongly in the phrase: “It takes a village to raise a child” and the necessity of positive relationships in a child’s life. This philosophy is mainly inspired by ten years of my professional life working for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program as an educator.

ImageNaa Aku Shika Addo

I am a senior at Emmanuel College with a double major in global studies & international relations and sociology with a concentration in social justice. I live in Vermont but am originally from Ghana, the country of birth of the former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan. Last spring, I studied abroad in Brussels where I had the opportunity of interning with the Mission of Montenegro to the European Union. Over the summer, I also interned with the ECOSOC committee of the United Nations in New York. My passion for global studies spurred from having the opportunity to travel along with the experiences that she has had. I would love to get my master’s degree in diplomacy. But for now, I plan to take a year off after graduation to study for the LSAT.

Miranda MacKinnon

Hi, I am Miranda MacKinnon. I graduated from Gordon College (Wenham, MA) in May 2012 where I studied Sociology, Development, and Global Health. I have been working with UNA-GB since June 2012. During the Spring of 2011, I studied abroad in Geneva, Switzerland, for a Global Health and Developmental Policy program and conducted research at the United Nations and the World Health Organization. To further my research, I co-designed a community development project (Summer 2011) called “The Learn Africa Project” focused on preventing disease and promoting education in Togo, West Africa. I currently live in Boston, MA, working a variety of jobs while searching for a job in nonprofit, development, or public health. I hope to attend graduate school for public health and international development. I enjoy meeting new people, experiencing new cultures, exploring the outdoors, painting, traveling, and learning.

ImageJiwon Ma

I am Jiwon Ma, and I am a junior at Lesley University majoring in global studies and minoring in psychology. I am a Community Advisor (CA), or commonly known as an RA in other universities. Over the summer, I studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea at Yonsei University. It was really interesting to experience Korea as an adult.  I learned about International Organizations and Globalization, focusing on the United Nations and its purpose and function. I was born in South Korea. I lived in South Korea when I was a child and immigrated to Fiji. I have lived in the United States the majority of my life.

ImageGrace Holley

Hi, my name is Grace Holley and I am a student of International Relations at Boston University. I am from Malden, MA and graduated from Malden High School, so I am glad to be working at the UNA-GB which has close ties to my hometown and other local cities and schools. At age eighteen, after working for much of the year, I was able to backpack independently through Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Spain, and Morocco. The inequality I was exposed to in these countries drives me to work toward a sustainable solution global injustices and extreme porverty. I am excited to be starting my career in global development and hope to help make the world a better place!

We look forward to a productive and exciting semester with all of these wonderful new interns! Welcome! And for those interested in joining our stellar internship team next spring and beyond, check out more info here!

A Warm Welcome to the Summer 2012 interns!

It’s not just the temperatures rising in Boston that gets the office buzzing in June – we are excited to welcome a whole new batch of interns during the summer months!  And this summer we’re making our global to local tagline come to life in the office – we have a big group who come from a variety of different schools across the country, not just Boston, and have a diverse portfolio of experience!  Learn a little bit more about our interns below.  And for those interested in joining our stellar internship team this fall and beyond, check out more info here!

Julia Kuperminc

Intern Focus: Education

Hi! My name is Julia Kuperminc and I am an education intern at the UNA-GB.  I am a rising senior at Brandeis University where I major in International & Global Studies (IGS) and Politics.  I studied international criminal law in The Hague on a Brandeis program last summer.  Last fall, I studied French and international law in Paris.  Aside from IGS and Politics, I also study Spanish, French, and Legal Studies at Brandeis.

Miranda Mackinnon

Intern Focus: Education

I recently received a BA in Sociology from Gordon College (Wenham, MA). During my Junior year, I also studied Global Health and Developmental Policy in Geneva, Switzerland and conducted research at the United Nations and the World Health Organization. To further my research, I co-designed a community development project (Summer 2011) called “The Learn Africa Project” focused on preventing disease and promoting education in Togo, West Africa. I hope to attend graduate school for Public Health and International Development. I enjoy meeting new people, experiencing new cultures, exploring the outdoors, painting, traveling, and reading.

Ashan Singh

Intern Focus: Education

Growing up, moving around so much is definitely what made me such a globally oriented person. I was born in Mumbai, India, and spent much of my childhood moving from India to the United Kingdom, and then from the UK to the United States. Since moving from the United Kingdom, I have spent most of my life in the Greater Boston Area, and was a student in the Newton Public Schools system.  I have had a strong interest for current events and the world since a young age, and I have certainly let my passions guide me throughout my academic career. During my time in high school I co-founded Destination Education, a club promoting free and compulsory education in developing countries, and I have spent summers in both India, as well as one summer in Ghana, working at a school teaching children English. I was also heavily involved within my high school, serving in student council, as the managing editor of the newspaper, and as a member of several sports teams.  After graduating from Newton South High School in 2011, I have begun my pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in both International Development and International Relations and will be entering my sophomore year at Tulane University, in New Orleans, Louisiana this coming fall.

Sarah Kester

Intern Focus: Education

I am a rising senior at Tufts University where I am double majoring in International Relations with a focus in global health and Community Health. I first developed an interest in international affairs at the National Cathedral School in Washington, DC, where I participated in a number of Model UN conferences. Model UN was one of my favorite things about high school so I am very excited to be helping with the UNA-GB’s Summer Institute. Outside of school, I love to sing and cook with my friends!

Molly McCabe

Intern Focus: Programs and Development

I am currently a senior at Stonehill College, as a double major in sociology and interdisciplinary studies.  Last year, I studied abroad in South Africa, where I took a service learning course in sustainable community engagement. During this time, I taught in the Lynedoch Primary School and developed a fourth grade curriculum based on the UN Children’s Rights Declaration. My time abroad spurred a passion in me for global studies, and a commitment to engaging youth in these issues.  I am very excited to be working with United Nations Association of Greater Boston this summer, where I will learn more about what I can do locally to continue this work!

Catherine Schrage

Intern Focus: Communications and Graphic Design

I am rising senior at Cornell University, studying Psychology, French and Gender Studies. I just returned from a year abroad in Paris, France where I took classes at the Sorbonne and University of Paris 8. I’m passionate about design, art and magazines and I am co-editor-in-chief of a quirky features publication called Kitsch Magazine at Cornell. I’m from Mystic, Connecticut and I am hoping to move back abroad after I graduate in December. My goal for the next couple years is to learn Arabic and Italian, so who knows where I’ll end up!

Jessica Pires

Intern Focus: Events and Membership

I am a rising senior at Colby College double majoring in International Studies and Anthropology. At Colby, I am very active in student programming, serving as Co-Chair for Live Music and am a founding member of my school’s Women of Color Alliance. Last fall I studied abroad in Durban, South Africa and did research at a drug rehabilitation facility for street children. I am originally from Boston but now live in Stow, the apple capital of Massachusetts. This summer I will be planning some of UNA-GB’s signature events, mainly focusing on October’s United Nations Day events. In the future I hope to work with a human rights organization and hope to take what I learn here at UNA-GB with me!

Leah Beaudoin

Intern Focus: Young Professionals Coordinator

I am a junior at Simmons College pursuing a dual major in International Relations and Economics with a minor in Social Justice. I am especially interested in Middle Eastern politics and cultures. I am really excited to intern with the UNA-GB this summer where I can learn even more about the world around me. I plan on studying abroad in London next year, and after getting my degree, I hope to attend law school and start a career in Washington D.C. I am interested in humanitarian affairs, and think that the UNA-GB is a great place to further that interest.

Bianca Diaz

Intern Focus: Office Assistance and Education

Hi, my name is Bianca, I am 17 years old and a rising senior at Boston Latin Academy. I have been doing Model UN for 4 years and absolutely love it.  I’ve also been the longest-standing intern – working at UNA-GB since 7th grade!! I want to move to Washington D.C and become an immigration lawyer.  I like listening to other people’s problems and helping them.  Overall I am an outgoing person to be around and I look forward to working with everyone because I like making new friends.

Stephanie Thermora

Intern Focus: MLK Summer Scholar / Office Assistance

I am 18 years old and a senior at Boston Latin Academy. I have always been interested in foreign politics and International Relations since I was young.
At a young age, I loved watching Taboo, National Geographic and The Travel Network. I am grateful that I have been given the opportunity to work with United Nations Association of Greater Boston this summer. I hope that I may continue learn more about the world with UNA-GB and college!

Eve Krassner

Intern Focus: Education

I am currently a junior at Boston University studying Anthropology and French, and I hope to someday go into International Relations and conflict resolution.  I grew up on a farm in Brazil, just outside of São Paulo.  I love to travel, and over the past couple of years I have spent my summers eating gelato in Italian piazzas, bargaining with crazy vendors in crowded Moroccan markets, bungy-jumping off of bridges in South Africa, and working with the most wonderful kids in Tanzania and Rwanda. This fall I will be taking on the International Honors Program, studying globalization and sustainable development alongside a group of college students as passionate about the world as me, and I can’t wait!