Student Interns

Fall 2015 & Spring 2016 Interns: New Brunswick Office

Na-Yeon Park is a senior in Douglass Residential College majoring in Political Science and Chinese and minoring in International and Global Studies and Women's and Gender Studies. Na-Yeon is an Eagleton Undergraduate Associate, Rutgers Institute for Women's Leadership scholar, Taiwan-United States Sister Alliance (TUSA) scholar, and one of ten college women who was selected to be on the 2015-2016 American Association of University Women (AAUW) National Student Advisory Council. In April 2016, Na-Yeon and her team represented their commitment project, One Step- 한 걸음, at Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U). Out of more than one hundred applicants domestically and internationally, they were selected as semi-finalists at CGI U's Social Venture Challenge. Na-Yeon was recently selected as one of twenty-five undergraduate students who received a Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) scholarship nationally and a Huayu scholarship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Taiwan. She is also one of two undergraduate students in New Jersey awarded a Kihwa scholarship from the Asian Women's Christian Association (AWCA). On campus, Na-Yeon was the Class of 2017 Representative in Douglass Governing Council, and will serve as a returning Peer Academic Leader of the International Students House in 2016-2017. Na-Yeon is also the founder and President of One Step- 한 걸음, an organization that empowers North Korean refugees through academic, cultural, and professional workshops. She plans to pursue a Foreign Service career after her graduate studies, and apply her three language skills--Korean, English, and Mandarin--in the workplace to contribute in strengthening international peace, security, and diplomacy.

Fall 2014 Interns: New Brunswick Office

Joshua Matanin is currently a Senior College student at Rutgers University- New Brunswick. He is pursuing a major in Political Science and a minor in Economics. He places much emphasis on his studies relating to International relations, particularly the UN, as well as negotiation. He is currently a participant on the Rutgers Men’s Varsity Lacrosse team and attributes his drive and competitive nature to experiences learned on the field. His intellectual interests range from politics to finance, along with philosophy and quantitative research. His past experiences with his mother, a current nurse, have solidified his disposition towards assisting those in need, and he strives to provide guidance and support for those struggling around him. He enjoys the outdoors and can be found mountain biking, kayaking, or participating in various other water sports during his free time. Josh hopes that his experience with CGHR will provide him with a better understanding of global issues along with their potential resolutions, he aspires to use these experiences to expand his sphere of influence, and help those struggling in the International community. 

Fall 2013 Interns: Newark Office

Murad Meshanni is currently a junior Honors College student at Rutgers University-Newark. He is pursuing a major in Political Science with an emphasis on the preservation of human rights around the world. Murad is fluent in both English and Arabic, has a history of helping others in need, and for the last three years has actively ridden as an EMT at a volunteer squad of his own accord. His intellectual interest ranges from technology and medicine to politics, poetry, and philosophy, taking to heart the polymath mentality of the Renaissance Man. Murad hopes that his experience with CGHR will allow him to better understand the issues regarding global human rights violations and what it takes to protect them universally.

Spring 2013 Interns: New Brunswick Office

Derek J. Demeri is in his junior year at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. He plans to graduate with a degree in Political Science, minors in History and African Studies, and certificates in French Language Studies and Global Politics. For his Spring 2014 semester, Derek will be studying abroad in Ghana and doing independent research on sexual orientation and gender identity while there. He was recently published in Righting Wrongs for his research on how New Jersey's laws perpetuate HIV among marginalized communities (particularly among sex workers, prisoners, drug users and HIV criminalization laws). On campus, he is heavily involved in advocating a diverse range of human rights issues. Post-graduation, Derek is dedicated to pursuing a career related to international human rights activism with an interest of specializing in African countries.
Noor Suleiman is currently a sophomore at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. She will graduate this fall with a double degree in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies. Noor is fluent in both English and Arabic, and has a passion for Middle Eastern politics. Growing up, she was, and still is very active at her mosque, where she helps run a youth group for middle and high school girls. She is an active volunteer in many different organizations, and is currently on the board of an organization called Inspiring American Muslim Youth that plans and executes annual conventions. Noor is deeply concerned for human rights, and resolving the conflicts of the Middle East.

Spring 2013 Interns: Newark Office

Jean Edouard graduated from Rutgers University-Newark, New Jersey with a Bachelor of Criminal Justice and a minor in French. He is a graduate student at Rutgers Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration. He is an Intern at OEF/OIF of US Department of Veterans Affairs working on a project with the Urban League of Essex County on the implementation of a Performance measurement system.
Joan Camilo Lopez is a senior student of philosophy and anthropology at Rutgers University. He is concerned with the use and abuse of language in areas such as conflict resolution, social activism, and in the application of law in general. His intellectual interest ranges from epistemology and the philosophy of language to the problem of ‘how to approach a culture from the eyes of another’ without appealing to prejudices (pre-judgments).  Joan Camilo is seeking to focus part of his future studies in the Colombian armed conflict and in Latin American social affairs.

Summer 2011 Interns

Summer 2010 Interns