Former Pascale International Fellows
For more information on past fellows from both McGill and Yale University, please visit the Pascale International Fellows Program website.
2013 Fellow: Anna Lermer, BEng, Mechanical Engineering
Anna Lermer is a 2013 McGill graduate with a major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Environmental Engineering. Over the course of her undergraduate degree she has developed an interest in environmental policy, sustainability, and international development. In her third year she went on exchange to EPFL, a leading European technical institute in Switzerland. There she was exposed to innovative technology in the environmental engineering field, contributing to her keen interest in sustainable energy systems. This experience also gave her a chance to immerse herself in the French language. In addition to her academics, Anna has been involved with the McGill Chapter of Engineers Without Borders Canada, where she developed strong leadership skills and a deep understanding of the international development sector. This past summer she worked as a Social Change Fellow at the organization’s National Office in Toronto, Canada. Building on this experience, Anna also took on the role as President of the McGill chapter over the 2012-2013 school year. After her time with CGI Anna will be starting a second internship in Paris at a climate engineering company, in efforts to ensure that the built environment has the lowest ecological impact possible.
2012 Fellow: Carissa Connelly, BA, Honours International Development
Carissa is in her final year of Honors International Development, with an emphasis on economic empowerment, social entrepreneurship, and fair trade. During the summer of 2012 she will work in data management and communications at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, thanks to the Pascale International Fellows Program at the Clinton Foundation. Her main interest is on the growing overlap between private and civil organizations that pursue social improvements. Her interest in international development propelled her to work in non-profit organizations in disaster response in the Philippines and ecological conservation in Brazil (2010 and 2008 respectively). Her most recent internship for a Nicaraguan manufacturing company involved the research, analysis, and the writing of a due diligence report. With her initiative, the company will now be able to offer employees financed housing options, subsidize employees’ household income by ensuring their food security with an agricultural cooperative, and subsidize employees’ children’s education. Carissa received the Carol and Lloyd Darlington Arts Internship Award for this 5-month internship in 2011. Originally from the United States, Carissa has enjoyed traveling throughout twenty-seven countries and has spent the last five years living abroad. Her love of languages has been fuelled by her travels and curiosity to understand different cultures: Carissa is currently pursuing fluency in her third and fourth languages.
2011 Fellow: Sean Stefanik, McGill's first Pascale International Fellow
Sean Stefanik is a fourth-year student at McGill University, currently completing a joint honours degree in Political Science and History. His main academic interest is in the field of public health policy. After spending two summers working for Youth Justice Services in Ontario, Sean took advantage of one of the many internship opportunities offered through the Faculty of Arts Internship Office. In the summer of 2010, he spent three months working for Liverpool VCT, Care and Treatment, a Kenyan NGO that specializes in HIV-related research and service delivery. He received the Allan A. Hodgson Internship Award in support of this internship. This summer, he will continue his work in the public health field at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. Sean is currently the President of the McGill Debating Union, the largest and most successful debate team in the country, and finished as the top Canadian team at the 2011 World Championships in Botswana. He is also a former executive member of the McGill Global AIDS Coalition and has had his work published in the McGill Journal of Political Studies.