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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

Linnea

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.

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!


Welcome to Our Spring ’12 Interns!

The start of each semester is always an exciting time for us here at UNA-GB, as we welcome a batch of new interns.  Every few months, we have the pleasure of bringing on new, bright, energetic and talented college students and recent graduates to substantively grow our work and expand our influence.  This spring we have a robust and knowledgeable group (and the largest in number to date too!)  Learn a little bit more about our interns below.

Natalie Prolman

Intern Focus: Student Ambassadors- Education

I am a Senior at Northeastern University studying a dual major in International Affairs & Human Services, with a minor in Sociology. Last year I served as a Campus Ambassador for the UNA-GB, and I am now the Coordinator for the Student Ambassador Program. During my time at Northeastern I have participated in two Dialogue of Civilization study abroad programs, including  a Global Corps Practicum to Thailand and a Service Learning and Transnational Activism program in India. I have previously interned for the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi, Kenya an Capitol d on Hill for Congressman Dennis Kucinich. I am interested in community development and international social work as well as traveling and photography. I hope to one day work for the United Nations or start an NGO of my own.

Deanna McLaughlin

Intern Focus: Programs- Development

I am currently finishing my senior year at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. I am a double major in political science and international studies with a minor in Spanish. I grew up in Gorham, Maine. I spent last semester in La Paz, Bolivia studying Latin American revolution movements and conflict resolution and also a semester prior in Washington DC interning at the National Governors Association. I am working with the UNA-GB team in development. After graduation I plan to spend at least one year engaging in post-graduate service.


Chelsea Contre

Intern Focus: Programs- Events/Website

I am a junior at Lesley University majoring in Communications and minoring in Design and Business Management. I have played soccer and basketball while growing up in Connecticut and currently play both sports at Lesley. Last spring I had the opportunity to study abroad in Australia, where I spent four months traveling and studying. I have a passion for understanding and learning other cultures other than my own. I am interested in designing and event planning, as well as the communications department of UNA-GB where I’m excited to learn more in the field.

Elizabeth Ross

Intern Focus: Programs- Consuls Ball/Silent Auction

I am a senior at Tufts University, majoring in
International Relations with a concentration in “Ideologies.” I am
originally from Billings, Montana. Over the past four years I have
studied abroad in Talloires, France; Lima, Peru; and most recently for
the 2010-2011 academic year at Pembroke College at Oxford University,
England. Other internship experiences include working at KULR-8, a
local TV news stations in Billings, MT; Fred Friendly Seminars in New
York City; and US Senator Max Baucus’ office. Upon graduation I
hope to work in Washington DC or London. In my spare time she enjoys
outdoor activities, sports, shopping, and cooking.

Nathalie Van der Elst

Intern Focus: Education

I am currently a senior at Boston University studying International Relations. I come from Belgium, from my father’s side, and my mother is South Korean. However, I have never lived in both countries before. 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 freed them of their national boundaries and gave them the courage to pursue life across the world, an attitude that has inspired me. I believe the UNAGB has the same mindset. One that teaches us to understand, learn and experience different cultures, and become immersed in a giving global community. I hope to further my studies through International Law to continue promoting internationalism; and perhaps someday I can inspire others too.

Alyson Reitano

Intern Focus: Programs- Communications

I am a Global Business and Marketing major finishing up my senior year at Suffolk University. I am from Merrimac, Massachusetts and from Italian and Irish decent. I have been blessed with the opportunity to have studied abroad in three different locations and my majors have provided me with the flexibility to have been able to study in Spain, Australia and Italy. I have been immersed in many cultures and have practiced each country’s unique method of doing business. I am currently taking 5 classes as well as being the Vice President of Suffolk University’s International Business Club and am a Lead Caller Student Ambassador for the Suffolk University Annual Fund. In the future, I hope to continue travelling and to someday work for the U.S. government.

Stephen Armstrong

Intern Focus: Education

I am a senior at Emmanuel College, studying international affairs. I hope to pursue a doctorate degree in International Affairs, after my military service is completed. I was born in Tottenham England, a blue collar borough of London, eventually settling in Bedale Yorshire. I lived there for seven years, before moving to Revere, Massachusetts. I am an aspiring athlete for the Greater Boston Track Club, where I compete for the club in different competitive events. I am profoundly excited about the prospects of interning in the educational department of UNA-GB.

Braeden Lord

Intern Focus: Education 

I am a freshman at Boston College studying Islamic Civilization and Society as well as Political Science. After spending a very moving summer in one of the most torn post-Troubles neighborhood in Belfast, Northern Ireland, I understood that my career calling was mitigating international crises. The past five years I have intensively participated in Model United Nations Conferences as far as St. Petersburg, Russia, and I hope that my international experience will serve me well as I study Arabic and aim my career at promoting peaceful solutions in the Middle East. I am very excited to be working with the United Nations Association of Greater Boston.

Peter Hung

Intern Focus: Education

I am a junior studying International Relations at Boston University. Although I was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, my enrollment into the International School of Beijing in 2004 introduced me to a community of diplomats who reside in China, and consequently, the importance and beauty of diplomacy and international cooperation’s. In high school I was an avid participant and organizer of Asian regional Model United Nations Conferences such as THIMUN-Singapore. I speak fluent Mandarin, English and now am honing my proficiency in Swahili and Spanish.

Lian Lian Ma

Intern Focus: Education

I am a senior from Boston University studying International Relations and International Management. Having grown up in Shanghai, China and moved to Vancouver, Canada during high school, I was always passionate about international events and global politics. While my first two years involved IR research on topics like Chinese diplomacy and conflict resolution, I transitioned to international management in junior year, hoping to understand the world from a business perspective. I was actively involved in Model UN conferences for the past year, during which I gained much knowledge on the impact of international organizations and businesses. I’m currently considering pursuing my Masters after graduation, and I hope to work for the World Bank in the future.

Jun Il Hwang

Intern Focus: Education 

I grew up in the Republic of Korea until I was fourteen years old and began to study in the United States of America as an international student ever since. Now I am about to graduate from Boston University with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a minor degree in Spanish. I have taken some summer courses in Spain and Peru to learn Spanish and also their political/social issues and dilemmas today. Also in Madrid, I was an intern at an NGO called COSOP, which helps immigrants in need. I have worked at UNAGB for about 6 months now and have had a great experience so far. I look forward to continue my internship here and learn even more about global citizenships, education, and intriguing international affairs.

Alyssa Brodie

Intern Focus: Programs- Consuls Ball

Growing up in Miami, Florida, I was exposed to a diverse upbringing; with my high school being 40% white (non-hispanic) and 60% a mix of Hispanic, African-American, and Asian… and I loved it! Since, I have craved the need for new people in my life who bring a different background and perspective. This, in itself, is what drove me to intern at the UNA-GB. Majoring in Advertising with a minor in International Relations at Boston University, I have been able to mesh my passion for everything the UNA-GB stands for and my passion for planning events/promotions. Being able to bring people together at the Consuls Ball from different nationalities for causes we each care about is what is so incredible about America and the UNA-GB.  On a side note, I also enjoy painting, concerts, karaoke, practicing speaking Hebrew, and the “Back to the Future” movie trilogy.

Olivia DiNucci

Intern Focus: Programs- Young Professionals 

I am a junior at Emerson College where I study Political Communications and also play for the women’s basketball team.  Pittsburgh, PA is my home and where I acquired an interest for social justice. My current goals are broad and open to possibilities. I want to be a citizen of the world who is constantly learning and discovering what life has to offer.  I want to be more then just life’s tourist, I want to live and immerse myself within new, different, and stimulating environments.  I want to explore the many cultures of this earth through the people and minds that created them. I am interning with the Young Professionals department at UNA-GB where I can connect with others over international issues and culture.

Katie Lansing

Intern Focus: Education

I am a senior year major in International Relations at Lesley University. Born in Boston, I moved to France when I was four years old. At the age of eight, my family moved the Democratic Republic of the Congo where we lived for a year before moving back to France. I attended and graduated from a French high school, after which I moved back to Boston to start college. I love travel, I love the game of International Relations, but most of all I love people. After I graduate I hope to get a Masters in conflict resolution and one day
work in conflict mediation.

Bianca Diaz

Intern Focus: Office Assistance/Education

Hi, my name is Bianca, I am 16 years old (almost 17!) and currently a junior 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.

We anticipate great things will come out of this semester with this unique and accomplished group of young people! A WARM welcome from the UNA-GB staff!

-UNA-GB staff: Lena, Kaitlin, Jennifer, Rebecca and Ann