2009 Award Recipients
The Internship Offices Network is proud to present the eight recipients of the AUCC Students for Development Award for 2009-2010. This year, each student was granted $8,000 to pursue internships related to good governance, health, and environmental sustainability in the developing world.
To see photos of the 2009 Public Engagement Event, scroll down or click here.
Justin Dubois, Faculty of Law: Justin interned this summer with the Refugee Law Project in Kampala, Uganda, an organization that strives to ensure the respect of the rights of all forced migrants in the country. He helped in the organization’s mandate to offer free legal aid to refugees, as well as wrote policy briefs for the organization. Justin has a Master’s in Refugee Studies from the University of Oxford and volunteer experience with the Canadian Council for Refugees.
Jacob Fox, Faculty of Arts, Major in Economics and Minor in History: Jacob interned with the socio-economic evaluation unit for Green Power, an NGO that works to advance community-based rural electrification in the Mt. Kenya region. On campus, Jacob is an executive and founding member of Save a Child’s Heart McGill and volunteers with McGill Students for Literacy. He is also a member of the Dean’s Honour List and a Sustainable McGill Project Curriculum Challenge Award Recipient. He hopes to pursue graduate study in environmental and energy policy.
Vladimira Ivanov, Faculty of Arts, Honours International Development Studies, Double Minor International Relations and Middle East Languages: Vladi interned at the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC), headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa, a network of indigenous peoples’ groups working to advocate for their rights and representation. She also assisted the IPACC Secretariat at the United Nations in New York and at a human rights training workshop in Bamako, Mali. Her experience at IPACC exposed her to the work of NGOs and other international organizations and how they act to promote meaningful development for marginalized groups as well as tackling issues of gender equity and environmental sustainability. She plans to pursue studies in law and international development.
Annelise Miller, Faculty of Arts and Science, Interfaculty Environment and Geography: Annelise interned this summer at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA) in Bridgetown, Barbados, an organization which encourages and supports the development of sustainable agriculture, food security and rural prosperity in the Americas. Annelise was the recipient of a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Undergraduate Student Research Award (NSERC USRA) for research on Montreal’s Urban Heat Island Effect. She is interested in environmental, socio-economic and political forces influencing health, and hopes to pursue a career in public health.
Mae J. Nam, Faculty of Law: Mae interned at the Ateneo Human Rights Center in Manila, Philippines. At the AHRC Mae updated a judicial training manual on gender discrimination for the Philippine judiciary. She also helped develop a report for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on the rights of migrant workers. This report will be the basis of an international instrument protecting and promoting migrant workers rights in Southeast Asia.
Jeannine Plamondon, Faculty of Law: As a legal intern with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Jeannine worked in the Appeals and Legal Advisory Division under Christine Graham, Senior Appeals Counsel, in the Office of the Prosecutor. She performed research on topics in international criminal law, wrote legal memos, drafted motions, proofread and edited documents, summarized judgments, and assisted in the drafting of briefs for Appeals Counsel. Additionally, she I attended judgments and meetings with the Prosecutor and appeals team.
Denise Van Der Kamp, Faculty of Arts, Masters in Political Science: Denise interned at Future Generations/CHINA, a grassroots NGO focused on environmental NGO. She assessed existing programs and managed broadly based awareness campaigns. This allowed her to work with political and community leaders, villagers, students, and corporate sponsors. She hopes to use the cultural, linguistic and academic experience she gained over the summer to pursue work on issues related to governance through non-governmental organizations in the future.
Sarah Woolf, Faculty of Arts, Double Major Political Science and Women’s Studies, Minor Jewish Studies: Sarah’s summer internship, a joint venture between End Poverty Now (Montreal) and the Rwanda Village Concept Project, was to evaluate a microfinance project in Huye, Rwanda. She worked with the women of the Rwandan Widow’s Association in a sustainable bee-keeping enterprise, an experience that blended her academic interests in politics, development, gender and economics. Sarah is actively involved in McGill student life, notably as a SSMU Councillor, Arts Senator, and Midnight Kitchen volunteer.
On September 20th, 2009, the 2009-2010 Students for Development Award Recipients gave a public lecture on their various experiences.