2012 Human Rights Summer Interns


We are pleased to have awarded 13 internships to CMC students for the summer of 2012.  Of these, 9 students are traveling to international destinations while 4 will remain in the U.S.  We are proud of and inspired by each and every one of their projects.  Click on a student's name below to read more and to follow them over the summer as they "blog" about their experiences, triumphs, and challenges. 

Bojana Bozic ’14   
Danish Refugee Council, Kyiv, Ukraine
Bojana will be assisting orphan refugee children and asylum seekers as they assimilate into a new life in the European Union.

Minger Bropleh ’14   
International Volunteer Headquarters, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Minger’s project will focus on aiding victims of sex trafficking and child slavery including providing AIDS/HIV education, English translation, and victim counseling.

Melissa Carlson ’13  
Tamkeen – LegalAid, Amman, Jordan
Melissa will provide support to Tamkeen’s network of volunteer attorneys through conducting research on migrant workers and human trafficking in Jordan, as well as editing briefs and reports.  She will also act as an advocate for Jordanian citizens helped by Tamkeen to take their grievances to governing bodies and other judiciaries.

Aman Ghose ’15   
Village Health Works, New York, NY
Aman will be involved in web content creation and development, aiding official fundraising events, and conducting research on cost-effective water technology to purify water in rural, developing villages world-wide.

Tyler McBrien ’14   
Asante Africa, Arusha, Tanzania
Tyler will assist Asante Africa in the evaluation of an English language debate program that has been introduced in the country in the past year.  He will travel to school sites throughout Tanzania to interview teachers, school headmasters and students about the program’s efficacy and successes/challenges.

Niti Nagar ’15
Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital & Othandweni Family Care Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa
Niti will work with two organizations on issues related to health education and promotion, disease prevention, assisting orphaned children, and poverty.  She will explore the many facets and issues that face a third world hospital with limited funds and supplies and how these centers provide health care to the masses in light of these limitations.

Brooke Nayden ’13  
Independent Thesis Research, Seville, Spain
Brooke will interview individuals who participated in coerced labor under the dictatorship of Francisco Franco with a specific focus on impoverished women living in agricultural communities during post-Civil War Spain during the 1950s.   This research will supplement work she has already undertaken towards her senior thesis.

Adriana Ramos '14
Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST), Los Angeles
Adriana will be working as an outreach and training program intern with CAST Los Angeles.  She will coordinate training and community presentations and outreach requests, help coordinate the outreach subcommittee of the LA Metro Taskforce on Human Trafficking, conduct human trafficking 101 presentations and represent CAST at conferences and events.

Riley Rockwell ’15  
Experiential Learning International, Saigon, Vietnam
Riley will help run a youth education program on the outskirts of Saigon to support children of fisherman and farmers who often lack the time, money, and educational foundation to make it feasible for their children to attend school.

Cameron Ruby ’14
YMCA, Banjul, Gambia
Cameron will work with kids (ages 6-16) at the annual Computer Summer Camp where kids are enrolled for Information Communication Technology training.  She will also be involved in other teaching/coaching roles such as sports, arts and possibly Spanish classes for kids and will visit high schools and primary schools as an advocate of the YMCA program.

Maya Sandalow ’15
Vital Voices Global Partnership, Washington D.C.
Maya will work for the Global Leadership Network within Vital Voices.  Vital Voices supports women in developing countries in the areas of human rights, economic empowerment and political leadership.  Her duties will include outreach, fundraising, and in-country mentoring.

Talia Segal ’15
Human Rights Watch, New York
Talia will work with the communications department of HRW and will assist with efforts to expose and write about human rights abuses worldwide. She will be involved in planning events, speakers, communications, and administrative duties as needed.

Nora Studholme '14
Human Rights Watch, New York
Nora will work with the communications department of HRW and will assist with efforts to expose and write about human rights abuses worldwide. She will be involved in planning events, speakers, communications, and administrative duties as needed.

Elham “Ellie” Yusuf-Ali ’15   
Bududa Learning Center, Bududa, Uganda
Ellie will work with the Secretary of the Women’s Microfinance Bududa Program training impoverished women in both entrepreneurial and vocational skills.  She will also assist in administering the finances and loans programs including marketing/identity and children of peace program.