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2021 Summer Interns

The Internship Offices Network is pleased to announce the selected McGill students for the 2021 summer internship at the United Nation's High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Ecuador. 

A headshot of Samuel BalcazarSamuel Balcazar, BA Joint Honours Economics and Finance

Samuel is pursuing a Joint Honours program in Economics and Finance, with a minor in International Development. This summer, he will be the Finance Intern with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Ecuador, supporting and working alongside the finance department in data analysis and ensuring compliance with the organization’s financial strategy. Samuel is thrilled to explore the overlap between finance and international development, particularly in the context of South America.

Samuel is a recipient of the Allan A. Hodgson Arts Internship Award.
The Allan A. Hodgson Arts Internship Award was established by Allan A. Hodgson (BA’58) to help students enrolled in the Summer Internship Program in the Faculty of Arts gain firsthand understanding of the global community, and of issues pertaining to international development. For more information, click here.

 

Ariana Castillon, BA International Development Studies

Ariana will be the Livelihoods Intern with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Ecuador. She will be conducting research, promoting the visibility of the existing refugee programs, assisting in the implementation of activities, among other tasks. She is looking forward to learning about the inner workings of the United Nations and put her abilities to good use to help refugees in Latin America while broadening her knowledge on refugee policies and laws across the world.

Ariana is a recipient of the Schull Yang International Experience Award.
The Schull Yang International Experience Award, supported by Joseph Schull (BA ‘82, MA ’85) and Anna Yang (BCL, LLB ’88), helps undergraduate and graduate students gain firsthand international experience related to their fields of study. The award provides full or partial funding to assist students with tuition, travel, and other expenses related to their international experience. The Schull Yang International Experience Award is part of the McGill International Experience Awards. For more information, click here.

 

A headshot of Maria Laura ChobadindeguiMaria Laura Chobadindegui, BA Joint Honours Philosophy and Political Science

Maria Laura will be the Community-based Protection Intern with the Ecuador branch office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She will work to strengthen communication with communities, including dissemination of information on COVID-19. As a political science honours student, she is beyond excited to apply her knowledge in international human rights and Latin American politics to an internship with the world’s leading organization aiding and protecting refugees, displaced communities and stateless people.

Maria Laura is a recipient of the Susan Casey Brown Fund for McGill.
The Susan Casey Brown Fund for McGill was established by Garvin Brown (BA'91) in honour of his mother, Susan Casey Brown. Administered through the Dean’s Office in conjunction with the Faculty of Arts Internship Office, this award is meant to provide partial funding to assist students with travel and other expenses related to their international internship. This award is part of the McGill International Experience Awards. For more information, click here.

 

Sophie Gagné-Landmann, BCL JD

Sophie is a third-year law student who is always eager to learn more about ways to address human rights and environmental issues. This summer, she will be working virtually with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as the Protection Intern. The work will consist in helping refugees, primarily from Venezuela and Colombia, through their challenges of relocating and integrating into a new society.

Sophie is a recipient of the Faculty of Arts Internship Award.

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