MIEA Ambassadors

McGill International Experience Awardees return to McGill University as MIEA Ambassadors. The primary role of an MIEA Ambassador is to share the impact of their international experience with the McGill community. Through this leadership opportunity, McGill International Experience Awardees take a step back to reflect on their transformative experience, as well as connect with other McGill students across faculties to inspire the future cohort of McGill International Experience Awardees.

To apply to become an MIEA Ambassador, download the application instructions: PDF icon MIEA Ambassadors [.pdf]

Meet the MIEA Ambassadors for 2020-2021

Photo of JuliaJulia Nguyen, BA, Political Science

My name is Julia Nguyen, I graduated in Fall 2019, with a Bachelor of Arts double majoring in Political Science and Economics. I received the Susan Casey Brown Fund for McGill, McGill International Experience Awards in 2019 for my internship at the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT). I was mainly responsible for drafting reports, monitoring the news and trends that affect Canadian interests in Taiwan, and engaging with different Taiwanese stakeholders such as politicians, civil society members, and business leaders.
My experience at CTOT truly deepened my interest in international relations and honed my language skills. It also allowed me to get a glimpse of the day-to-day life of a foreign service officer, which is a career path that I am interested in pursuing.
This journey opened many doors in terms of my professional development. Upon graduating from McGill, I had the opportunity to work at UNDP Cambodia as Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) intern, and am currently a Project Coordinator for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada – both of which are directly in line with my deep interest for Asia.

Photo of MehlkaMehlka Mustansir, Bachelor of Civil Law Juris Doctor

My name is Mehlka and I am a second-year student at McGill's Faculty of Law. I received the Schull Yang International Experience Award to complete the McGill Law Human Rights Internship Program in summer 2020, at the Ateneo Human Rights Center situated in Manila, Philippines. The Center carries out research, advocacy, and litigation work on major human rights violations in the Philippines. Although I could not travel to Manila this summer, the Center created an online training program for us and gave us the opportunity to work on several different projects this summer. This was my first legal experience and under the mentorship of lawyers at the Center, I was able to practice different kinds of legal research and writing skills. Thanks to the founders of McGill International Experience Awards, I was able to supplement my legal education with meaningful work experience in the field of human rights.

 

Photo of AndreaAndrea Salguero Florian, Bachelor of Civil Law Juris Doctor

My name is Andrea Salguero and I am a fourth-year law student. Prior to law school, I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy at McGill University. Throughout my legal studies, I have always been interested in the intersection between human rights, immigration and labour law. This interest led me to volunteer with ProBono Students Canada at the PINAY Filipino Women’s Organization in Quebec, and with an immigration advocacy non-profit organization based in El Paso, Texas, in my first and third year of law school, respectively. This summer I received the Michael Novak and Kathleen Weil International Experience Internship Award and the Aurora Human Rights Internship Award, both part of the McGill International Experience Awards, which allowed me to pursue a human rights internship with the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights (RWCHR), a human rights advocacy organization based in Montreal.
As an intern at the RWCHR I had the opportunity to conduct legal research in support of the RWCHR’s broad initiatives to pursue justice through combatting the resurgence of global authoritarianism, and through seeking greater accountability for violators of human rights. In particular, my research focused on the developing human rights crisis in Venezuela, and the principle of universal jurisdiction in international law. In addition to strengthening my legal research and drafting skills, my internship helped me understand that one does not need to be physically abroad to meaningfully contribute to international issues, and has reinforced my desire to continue learning about international law.

Photo of HannahHannah Block, BA, International Development Studies

My name is Hannah Block, I am an Honours student in International Development Studies (economic development and living standards), with a minor in Environment. In summer 2020, I received the Susan Casey Brown Fund for McGill, McGill International Experience Awards for a summer research internship at the law firm Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick. I also received the Brenda and Morrison Hurley Arts Internship Award for an internship in economic development, at the Kenyan NGO Elimu Impact Evaluation Center.
Without the generosity of Mr. Garvin Brown, Dr. Robert Morrison, Brenda Hurley, and the founders of McGill International Experience Awards, as well as the support of McGill’s Arts Internship Office, I would not have had this unrivalled opportunity to learn and contribute, particularly considering the contemporaneous strain of the COVID-19 pandemic.
These internships allowed me to work with actors varying from private industry to NGOs to different levels of government and ultimately acquire professional experience in fields I now wish to pursue, specifically the nexus between economic development and environmental law.
With the future looming, as a fourth-year student, this opportunity came at a pivotal moment, allowing for invaluable inspiration and personal development that will surely aid in my decisive next steps. After my supervisor used my research in a case to evidence environmental injustices, I was wholly inspired to pursue law because, in the future, I want to position myself to be able to assert peoples' rights by working to ensure their legal enforcement.

Photo of JoeJoe Abou-Malhab, BSc Physiology

My name is Joe and I received the Schull Yang International Experience Award in 2019 for my summer research internship in the Surgical Department at Heidelberg University.
On a professional side, the extensive work on our robotic surgery project was very fruitful, and an amazing experience. Knowing that the work we’ve done will most likely advance in how surgeons learn and practice surgical techniques, is very satisfying. This internship has also constituted a big turning point in my prospective professional aspirations. I am now certain of my medical career choice, and I also hope to go into surgery. After spending nearly 3 months in the surgical department, watching closely the lifestyle of surgeons in parallel to my research project, gave me an insider’s look at the field...Thanks to the Schull Yang International Experience Awards, I was able not only to be sure of my career choice, but also to add one more goal to achieve: become a surgeon.

Photo of KillianKillian Sheriff, BSc Mathematics and Physics

My name is Killian and I received the Schull Yang International Experience Award in 2019 for my summer research internship in the Department of Material Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
On a personal point of view, it was amazing to discover new work ethics by working with people from all over the world, to be exposed to a wide variety of research topics and to be immersed into the MIT culture. This whole experience was only possible thanks to the generous donors of the Schull Yang International Experience Awards. The awards allowed me to afford rent and travel expenses while at the same time allowing me to discover how beautiful Boston is with its amazing landscapes and wonderful walking trails around Charles river.


 

 

MIEA Past Ambassadors

Madeleine Kausel, BA Political Science

My name is Madeleine Kausel and I am a fourth year undergraduate student at McGill University, graduating with an honours degree in political science and a minor in sociology. I received a Schull Yang International Experience Award in 2017, which allowed me to pursue a summer communications internship at The Synergos Institute, a non-profit development consulting organization in New York City. This experience allowed me to immerse myself in the vribrant and fast-paced culture of New York and made me realize that I would like to live there someday. When I returned to McGill, I served on the MIEA Advisory Board Committee. I was also hired as the Communications Assistant for the McGill Internship Offices Network to work on communications strategies and expand its reach on campus. This journey has helped me matriculate at Boston College Law School this fall to pursue a career in the legal field.

 

 

Killian Sheriff, BSc Mathematics and Physics

Killian received a Schull Yang International Experience Award in 2019 for their summer research internship in the Department of Material Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

"On a personal point of view, it was amazing to discover new work ethics by working with people from all over the world, to be exposed to a wide variety of research topics and to be immersed into the MIT culture. This whole experience was only possible thanks to the generous donors of the Schull Yang International Experience Awards. The awards allowed me to afford rent and travel expenses while at the same time allowing me to discover how beautiful Boston is with its amazing landscapes and wonderful walking trails around Charles river."

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Joe Abou-Malhab, BSc Physiology

Joe received a Schull Yang International Experience Award in 2019 for their summer research internship in the Surgical Department at Heidelberg University.

"On a professional side, the extensive work on our robotic surgery project was very fruitful, and an amazing experience. Knowing that the work we’ve done will most likely advance in how surgeons learn and practice surgical techniques, is very satisfying. This internship has also constituted a big turning point in my prospective professional aspirations. I am now certain of my medical career choice, and I also hope to go into surgery. After spending nearly 3 months in the surgical department, watching closely the lifestyle of surgeons in parallel to my research project, gave me an insider’s look at the field...Thanks to the Schull Yang International Experience Awards, I was able not only to be sure of my career choice, but also to add one more goal to achieve: become a surgeon."

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Angello Alcázar, BA Sociology and Hispanic Studies

Angello received a Schull Yang International Experience Award in winter 2019 to study at Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) in Spain.

"The financial support provided by the award was fundamental to the successful completion of my independent study away activity. By alleviating some of the financial burdens of the cost of living and the educational costs of the host university, it helped me to make the most of my time in Europe. Indeed, I am very grateful for the Schull Yang International Experience Awards for this opportunity, and for the recognition of my effort that it represents. After all of these years abroad, I can attest to the fact that international experiences have the potential of making us much more responsible, open-minded, creative and independent people, and that is why I strongly encourage students at McGill to take advantage of excellent initiatives such as the McGill International Experience Awards."

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Ashton Mathias, BA honors Political Science

Ashton received the McGill International Experience Awards, and worked as a Policy Intern for the Canadian Permanent Mission to the International Organizations (Vienna).

"Given the sheer number and quality of the conferences and events I was able to attend as part of my time at VPERM, the internship clarified potential future avenues for my career......Being able to walk on the UN grounds, let alone being able to travel to Europe, is something I would have never imagined earlier this year. Interns from other Missions were not paid nor did they receive any institutional funding, and so, this internship is generally an experience usually meant for those from a wealthier background. Accordingly, I cannot thank the McGill International Experience Awards enough for enabling me to experience what I experienced this summer through your generosity – I will forever remember this summer as I advance in my career."

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