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Fall 2018 Interns

Giulia Ancillotti

Major:  Social Sciences
Internship Placement: Center for Reproductive Rights (Fall 2018)
Short Bio: I will be interning at the Center for Reproductive Rights as part of the Global Legal Program. I will be working on projects with the regional teams and complete administrative as well as legal administrative tasks and do research. I hope to deepen my understanding of current global issues and combine theoretical knowledge with practical work. I expect from my internship experience to learn more about the legal efforts to obtain equal rights for women and strengthen my career prospects.


Brandon Canady

Major: Social Sciences
Internship Placement: The Common Good (Fall 2-18)
Short Bio: I am interning at The Common Good. I am a project associate intern my duties include but are not limited to assisting in event planning, execution and post-event wrap up, research on issues involving domestic and international policies, attend meetings.


Jordan Chiara

Major: Economics and International Relations
Internship Placement: International Disability Alliance (Fall 2018)
Short Bio: I am currently interning at the International Disability Alliance. IDA seeks to advance the human rights of persons with disabilities by advocating at the United Nations. As an intern I attend meetings at the UN, report on these meetings, and conduct research on progress made towards the 2030 Agenda for persons with disabilities. In the future, I hope to use the knowledge and experiences gained through the SUNY Global Engagement Program to pursue a career in human rights or sustainable development.


Richard Creecy

Major: International Relations
Internship Placement: Court of International Trade (Fall 2018)
Current Position: Admissions Coordinator and Operations Manager at the SUNY New Paltz
Short Bio: Some of my responsibilities include administrative functions, Library and Legal archiving of documents, assisting with Court Events; also included are attending oral arguments and attending luncheons hosted by judges. I hope to learn more about trade conducted between the US and the rest of the globe. Additionally, I would like to gain some insight on law school and a career in the legal field. Lastly, I hope to become extremely familiar with the ins-and-outs of NYC


Micah Dicker

Major: Political Science / Sociology
Internship Placement: CIANA (Fall 2018)
Current Position: Communications and Development VISTA at the CIANA- CEnter for the Integration and Advancement of New Americas 
Short Bio: This semester I'll be a legal intern at CIANA, an organization that provides services to immigrants as they assimilate into American life. Over the course of the semester, I hope that my work at CIANA and our weekly discussions will help me better understand the complex legal processes that many immigrants have to go through, and to overall be able to help those who come to this country fleeing negative conditions.


Kirsa Drobnicki

Major: International Relations
Internship Placement: United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI) (Fall 2018)
Short Bio: I am interning at the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI). I will be assisting in the planning and organization of briefings hosted by the UNDPI Outreach department. This semester I hope to be challenged by the work of GEP and of my internship. From this internship, I expect to learn more about the organizational structure and inner workings of the United Nations and to gain a more clear perspective of my future career goals.


Elena Juliano

Major: Social Science
Internship Placement: PEN America (Fall 2018)
Shot Bio: This 2018 Fall semester I will be a World Voices Festival Intern for PEN America. While doing this internship, I hope to learn more about the suppressed voices that the organization fights for and about the struggles of writers. I also hope to learn what it takes to put on programs while dealing with politics.


Alexandra Lane

Major: International Relations with a concentration in War and Peace Studies
Internship Placement: Human Rights First (Fall 2018)
Short Bio: I am a senior at SUNY Geneseo majoring in International Relations with a concentration in War and Peace Studies and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. This semester I am interning as the Director of Development Intern at Human Rights First. During my time at HRF I hope to obtain research and field experience that will help me prepare for graduate school, law school, and future job opportunities.


Paola Orozco

Major:  International Relations
Internship Placement: Permanent Mission of Honduras to the United Nations (Fall 2018)
Current Position: Research Fellow at the Our Climate
Short Bio: My tasks included assisting delegates with resolution research, attending UN headquarters and Security Council meetings, working with the General Assembly and Trusteeship Council, and covering the UN committees. I mainly covered the First, Second, Fourth, and Sixth Committees, which treat issues relating to international peace and security, economic development, peacekeeping operations, and legal matters. During my internship, I received first-hand experience of how diplomacy works. One of the highlights of my experience, was witnessing the entire process of drafting a resolution when I attended the drafting of the International trade and development for the Caribbean Sea resolutions for the 73rd session of the Second Committee.


Siobhan Raisbeck

Major: Commercial Law, Marketing, International Relations, Political Science
Internship Placement: Court of International Trade (Fall 2018)
Short Bio: I am an intern with the Court of International Trade. Through this position and this semester, I am expecting this semester is to learn the nuances of international trade agreements and cases, as well as further my legal writing and research knowledge. The Global Engagement Program is a fantastic opportunity that I intend to make the most out of.


Jesmine Romanelli

Major: International Relations / Minor in Environmental Studies 
Internship Placement: Rainforest Foundation (Fall 2018)
Current Position: Development Coordinator at the All Stars Project, Inc. 
Short Bio: This semester I'm interning at the Rainforest Foundation. Much of my work is going to be communications based, where I will be helping with the organization's social media and general outreach but I also am going to be able to work on some of the Rainforest Foundation's programs and projects concerning indigenous land rights, climate change and Amazon Rainforest preservation!


Hannah Rosicka

Major: Political Science and International Relations
Internship Placement: Executive Office of the Foreign Policy Association (Fall 2018)
Short Bio: As the intern to the Executive Office of the Foreign Policy Association, Hannah is a part of creating the annual world Leadership Forum, as well as this year’s Centennial Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) serves as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues and was Hannah’s first choice for her internship.


Ayaka Suzuki

Major: International Relations / Minors in French and Economics
Internship Placement: United Nations Headquarters
Current position: Consultant at the FactSet
Short Bio: My responsibilities will include accompanying diplomatic officers from the Economic Section to conferences and other activities held at United Nations Headquarters, assisting in the preparation of memos and reports, and other tasks under supervision of Economic Section.


Ahmad Tipu

Major: International Relations
Internship Placement: UN NGO Committee 
Current Position: Freelancer - Sustainability, Foundations, and Waterschool at the SWAROVSKI
Short Bio: This fall I will be interning at Swarovski as a corporate social responsibility intern and at the UN NGO Committee on Financing for Development as a student intern. By combining these two opportunities I hope to gain experience in the rapidly expanding area between public and private sectors in order to further work on sustainable development.


Brian Vazquez

Major: International Relations
Internship Placement: Off the Record  (Fall 2018)
Current Position: Language & Cultural Assistant at the Ministerio de Educacion
Short Bio: As Executive Office Intern of Off the Record over the course of the next semester, my responsibilities include: preparing for the 2018- 2019 season’s lecture series by inviting speakers and connecting with their offices, assistance at events, working with other interns on upcoming projects, and more. I expect to build real world skills in a professional working environment through firsthand experience one cannot simply have in a typical college classroom setting.


Fall 2017 Interns

Marissa Alperin

Major: History
Internship Placement: Foreign Policy Association
Short Bio: The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) serves as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues. As an Executive intern for FPA, I am responsible for providing event support. My tasks include setting up events, registering members for events, preparing panels and lectures, and drafting letters. So far, FPA has held its annual World Leadership Forum, which included three sessions of panels, and even a speech given by Ambassador Zhang Qiyue during the luncheon. The Spiros Voutsinas Memorial lecture included a speech given by former Ambassador Jacovides of Cyprus, as well as a joint FPA Centennial lecture with the Global Engagement program, in which Professor Doyle spoke about a new Model for Migrants and Refugees.



Halle Anderson

Major: International Relations / Economics
Internship Placement: International Rescue Committee (IRC) (Fall 2017) 
Current Position: Student Advocate at SUNY Newpaltz
Short Bio: I am an intern with the Leadership Gifts Fundraising and Development team at the International Rescue Committee (IRC). (No official job title). The IRC is an international humanitarian organization that helps people regain and rebuild their lives after conflict and disaster. I work primarily with Donor Advised Funds and ensure that the contact information for our Donors are correct. I also have been working with the team to do a massive clean-up of Salesforce, a program that the IRC uses to keep track of donation records and accounts.




Kurumi Aoki

Major: International Relations
Internship Placement: PEN America ( Fall 2017)
Short Bio: My experience at PEN America as a World Voices Festival intern has been wonderful and enlightening. Under the guidance of the General Manager of the Festival, Kim Chan, I was able to learn the ins and outs of event management. I'm positive that anyone who possesses interest in how PEN protects the freedom of expression, will enjoy this internship as much as I have!



Taylor Bood-Usher

Major: International Studies
Internship Placement: International Disability Alliance ( Fall 2017)
Short Bio: My name is Taylor Bood-Usher and I am from Belize, Central America. I am a senior at SUNY Cortland majoring in International Studies. I am currently interning for the International Disability Alliance. IDA advocates at the United Nations for a more inclusive global environment for persons with disabilities. My role as an intern is to attend meetings at the UN and research progress made towards the 2030 Agenda for persons with disabilities, creating reports based on my findings. I am hoping to pursue a career in either diplomacy, human rights or sustainable development; so I am grateful that my internship gives me the experience of all three!




Ayomide John Borisade

Major:  International Relations
Internship Placement: Outreach Division in the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI) (Fall 2017)
Current Position: Crew Member at CARLS JR
Short Bio: As an intern, my main tasks are scheduling briefings for my supervisor, aiding tour guides in monitoring visitors and working the front desk in the visitors’ center. The goal of UNDPI is to foster dialogue with global constituencies such as academia, civil society, the entertainment industry, educators and students to encourage support for the ideals and activities of the United Nations.



Scott Boyce

Major: Social Science / Economics
Internship Placement: Swarovski Waterschool (Fall 2017)
Short Bio: I have been interning at the Swarovski Waterschool, an organization centered around improving access to safe water and providing education on and resources for sustainable and sanitary habits for communities across the globe. I have been reading reports to gather information on the current progress these communities are making with the intention of helping the Waterschool team development global indicators to establish a more systematic reporting system.



Nicole Cagar

Major:  International Relations / Minor in German
Internship Placement: The United Nations Foundation ( Fall 2017)
Current Position: Research Assistant at the Statista
Short Bio: I am the United Nations Association of USA Intern at the United Nations Foundation. I provide assistance on research, grant proposals, and funding opportunities and collaborate with UNA-Education on design and conceptualization of new ventures, programs and activities. The United Nations Foundation connects the UN's work through different campaigns and works with NGOs to help the UN work through issues such as climate change, global health, gender equality, and US UN relations. The UN Foundation is committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030



Polina Chanova-DiBona

Major: Social Science
Internship Placement: United Nations Department of Public Information (Fall 2017)
Short Bio: The main mission of DPI is dedicated to communicating ideas and work of the United Nations to the world while interacting and partnering with diverse audiences and building support for peace, development and human rights for all. My internship is in the Outreach Division of the UN Department Public Information, where I get to assist many of the United Nations outreach programs. My functions are to help with planning and organization of conferences and other outreach activities, providing logistic support for the organization's public events, guided tours, and briefings, concluding internet research on thematic issues, coordinating with the special guests and VIP’s, and overseeing RSVP lists and volunteers. My responsibilities also include providing general office support, for example, processing, drafting, and finalizing correspondence and other communications, setting up and maintaining files and records, organizing meetings, etc



Andrew Dittus

Major: Communication Disorders and Deaf Studies
Internship Experience: Earth Child Institute
his semester I'm interning for the Earth Child Institute, an environmental education NGO. My duties include communications management, environmental lesson planning, and funding research. At Earth Child Institute we support educating children all around the world about environmental issues affecting their communities. We work with the Swarovski Waterschools, the UN Department of Public Information, and governments all around the world to promote our values of environmental awareness and protection.



Samantha Hussey

Major: Global and International Studies
Internship Placement: NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security
Short Bio: I am currently a second-semester senior from SUNY Oswego. As part of the Global Engagement Program, I am interning at the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security. My duties include documenting United Nations General Assembly First Committee sessions for partner organizations, writing disarmament related blogs and reports for partner organizations’ websites, creating and coordinating NGOCDPS panel events at the United Nations, and organizing meetings between the NGOCDPS and other civil society organizations. The NGOCDPS actively promotes disarmament and non-proliferation, both at the United Nations and among civil society organizations. My organization acts as a network of disarmament-related NGOs and actively promotes the voices of disarmament-related civil society organizations at the UN.




Samantha Klein

Major: International Relations / Spanish
Internship Placement: Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (Fall 2017)
Current Position: Program Coordinator at the North Shore Animal League America  
Short Bio: I am the Israel & International Affairs Intern at the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York. I am responsible for our social media page called Iran180 which highlights the Iranian human rights abuses that occur on a daily basis. I have also been researching and drafting the International Affairs and Global Jewish community sections of the Community Concerns which is an annual policy document that outlines the concerns of the Jewish community locally and globally. The mission of JCRC-NY is to build and maintain relationships with New York’s ethnic, religious, and political leadership and to create advocates for the Jewish community locally, in Israel, and globally.




Justianny Morillo

Major: International Studies
Internship Placement:  Off-the- Record (Fall 2017)
Short Bio: My name is Justianny Morillo, I am an International Studies major along with Criminal Justice and Spanish minor at SUNY Potsdam. I am currently interning at off-the- Record. OTR is the longest running women's foreign policy lecture forum in the United States. Created under the aegis of the Foreign Policy Association in New York City in 1938, OTR today has some 600 members. Public discourse has always been an essential element of America's democratic traditions. Led by a volunteer Board of Governors, OTR is a part of that tradition and provides a unique forum for businesswomen, academics, diplomats and educators to hear and question renowned foreign policy practitioners and thinkers on a regular basis. In this organization, I work under the Executive Assistant to OTR chairman and my responsibilities are: event planning and administrative work. So far, OTR has hosted two events, the first topic title was Walls or Bridges: What Will Shape American Greatness in the 21st Century? and the speaker was Antony Blinken, Managing Director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement and Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State . The second topic title was Populism and Protest in Global Politics, and the speaker was Gillian Tett, U.S. Managing Editor for the Financial Times.



Arjeta Prenaj

Major: International Relations
Internship Placement: Brooklyn Defenders Service (BDS)
Short Bio: My name is Arjeta Prenaj and I will be graduating in December with a BA in International Relations and a minor Spanish. I currently serve as an Immigration Intern at the Brooklyn Defenders Services, in the New York Immigrant Family Unit Project, NYIFUP team. BDS is dedicated to providing legal representation to those who cannot afford an attorney. As an intern, I assist with country condition research, employment permits and other immigration related paperwork, meet with clients, observe trials at immigration court etc. I hope this internship position helps me decide if law school is the right choice for me. I am grateful to be part of a team of hardworking individuals who help some of the most vulnerable individuals in NYC.




Tenzing Ukyab Lama

Major: Art History / Communications Studies
Internship Placement: Rubin Musuem of Art (Fall 2017)
Current Position: Research and Communications at the The Himalyan Art Gallery
Short Bio: I am currently interning at ‘Rubin Musuem of Art’ which is a musuem that focuses on Himalayan Art and Education. I work as their Curatorial Intern and am currently working on their upcoming 2018 exhibition of ‘The Second Buddha: Mastr of Time’ and also helping out with their Shrine Room Rotation and other interesting events that take place at the Rubin. So far I am having a great learning experience at the Musuem and am getting good exposure As an intern. I am helping out with more of research work for the exhibition and doing very interesting readings. As an aspiring Tibetan student, who wants to research and be a specialist in the Tibetan Arts and culture field. The Rubin Musuem of Art is providing me with great exposure, experience, opportunities to meet new people and grow as a learning student. Which I am very Thankful for.



Burhan Yerebaken

Major: General Business
Internship Placement: Swarovski North America (Fall 2017)
Short Bio: I serve as the sustainability intern at Swarovski North America.  I am working on a comparative research project on corporate sustainability tools and programs and identifying third parties that may be most compatible with the needs of Swarovski.  This research pays close attention to effective sustainability strategy development and internal education and participation. In addition I support the Sustainability Manager in regional sustainability pursuits as needed.



Maya Zaynetdinova

Major:  Economics / Social Science
Internship Placement: The United Nations Regional Commissions New York Office (Fall 2017)
Short Bio: I intern at the United Nations Regional Commissions New York Office (RCNYO) which a joint office that coordinates and represents on the global level the five UN Regional Commissions: ECLAC (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean), ECE (Economic Commission for Europe), ECA (Economic Commission for Africa), ESCAP (Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific) and ESCWA (Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia). The structure of the office is unique because the Commissions were created by ECOSOC, while the Secretariat is part of the UN Secretariat, DESA Department. I am an Economic Affairs intern and am responsible for a number of things in the office. Namely, I attend UN meetings (including UN General Assembly, ECOSOC sessions, Second Committee meetings and various side events), write reports and summaries for the Director and do research on Sustainable Development and Migration. RCNYO provides policy advice and monitors development on the regional level, as well as implementation of the SDGs into regional agenda. Ultimately, our office makes sure that the voice of the regions is heard and taken into consideration. RCNYO unites the five commissions under one global core and promotes interregional cooperation.


Fall 2016 Interns

Tori Amorosi

Tori Amorosi is the Case Management intern at CIANA, the Center for the Integration and Advancement of New Americans. She is in her final year at SUNY New Paltz as an International Relations and French double major. Tori aspires to work abroad in the field of development, accompanied by the knowledge of international and non-profit work that was given through the SUNY Global Engagement Program.


Fatoumata Balde

My name is Fatoumata Binta Balde, I am from Guinea, West Africa. I am currently a junior at Sunny Buffalo State College and my major is International Relations. As part of the Global Engagement Program, I am interning at Human Rights First as a development intern. My future goal is to be able to work in a globally engaged NGO that advocates for humanitarian causes. Participating in this program enables me to gain the skills and necessary experience to achieve my goal.


Catherine Cole

Catherine Cole, Interning at the International Rescue Committee, in the Leadership Gifts division. My role is to assist in some research projects which will help in the development of tools for use by this division. I am a senior and my major is International Relations. I hope to gain a thorough understanding of the IRC in particular, NGOs and IGOs in general, as well as marketable and useful skills I can use in this field.


Laura Connolly

My name is Laura Connolly. My internship is with the United Nations Medical Services Division (MSD). As an intern I assist MSD with the implementation of UN medical standards/ policies, address health care issues in duty stations around the globe, and ensure UN staff access to benefit programs (like vaccines before traveling abroad). As an undergraduate student at SUNY Cortland, I study Public Health & Administration. I hope to have a career that allows me to work with global healthcare.


Mehmet Demir

My name is Mehmet Demir. I am currently enrolled in the dual degree program as a business major between Istanbul Technical University (ITU) and SUNY New Paltz. I am interning with the Department of Economic and Social Affairs NGO Branch. One of my few functions are included but not limited to: Evaluation the new applications from NGO's that applied to get the consultative status with the UN, analyzing the quadrennial reports sent to UN from 4500 current NGO's affiliated with ECOSOC, assisting the front office regarding the agenda for the President of ECOSOC.


Alexandre Dumouza

My name is Alexandre Dumouza and I am an intern for the United Nation’s Department of Public Information. In this organization, I work under the UN’s Educational Outreach Division which specializes in promoting activities as well as resources to the general public. I am a double major in International Studies and Sociology, with minors in both French and Spanish. In the future, my goal is to work for an non-governmental organization which foster the need for greater education in least developed countries.


Kathryn Ebersole

I am currently in my 9th semester at SUNY Potsdam, solely for the purpose of the GEP experience. I am a Music and Philosophy with minors in History and Classical Studies. I have an internship with the World Policy Institute as a research and development intern. I hope this work will help me shape what my future holds, although I do not know at this moment exactly what that will be.


Samantha Flax

My name is Samantha Flax. I am currently in my senior year at New Paltz with a history major and a minor in anthropology. This semester I am interning at PEN America working on organizing the World Voices festival an international literary festival. I am excited to see where this internship leads particularly because it combines my interests in writing and international affairs.


Maria Gershuni

My name is Maria Gershuni and I am a senior, studying International Relations with minors in Central and Eastern European Studies and the Honors College at SUNY College at Geneseo. I am an intern at the United Nations Department of Public Information in their Academic Impact Division. I hope this internship will give me the research skills and experience I need for research projects, graduate school, and possibly a career in Foreign Service or university level teaching.


Kari Hively

Kari Hively is a second-semester senior studying journalism and global international studies with concentrations in global culture and sustainability from SUNY Oswego. She is also interested in foreign language, studying Mandarin Chinese and Spanish alongside her other academic interests. Her passion for language, international relations and journalism led her to an internship with PEN America. PEN America is the largest of more than 100 centers of PEN International and "stands at the intersection of literature and human rights," working to preserve freedom of expression worldwide. She interns in the World Voices Festival of International Literature, which is an annual New York City-hosted international celebration of free expression and global literature that brings in more than 150 writers from 30 countries. Her role at PEN is to assist in festival development, planning and organization alongside assisting PEN's other departments as needed.


Cole Kitchen

My name is Cole Kitchen, I am an international relations major, and Asian studies minor at SUNY New Paltz.  I am currently interning at the Foreign Policy Association.  The Foreign Policy Association's mission is to serve are a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and world issues.  My main responsibility has been event planning for high profile guests.  FPA just held our annual World Leadership Forum, which included seven panels discussing today's pressing world issues.  Secretary General of the UN, Ban ki-Moon, gave a speech at the World Leadership Forum luncheon.  Other events have included a statesman award dinner at the St. Regis hotel, as well as hosting the first ever joint event between the Foreign Policy Association, and the Global Engagement Program.


Martina Nadeau

My name is Martina Nadeau and I am a political science major at SUNY New Paltz. This semester through the global engagement program, I'm interning with the Global Legal Program at the Center for Reproductive Rights. I work with four regional groups on a diverse set of projects, ranging from preparation of African Judge training materials to creating policy briefs to combat child marriage in Asia. This opportunity has been an engaging and immersive experience for me, acting as a stepping stone as I plan on pursuing a JD or masters in public health in the near future.


Tenzin Rangdol

My name is Tenzin Rangdol. I am a senior at SUNY New Paltz majoring in international Relations. I am currently interning at the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme which is a part of the United Nations Department of Public Information. In my position I conduct research, and produce content for social media. I also support the team in putting together events and managing partnerships with different NGOs, schools and museums.


Claiane Rojas

My name is Claiane Rojas, I am a double major in Latin American & Caribbean Studies and International Relations with a Spanish minor. I had the opportunity to study abroad in Havana this summer to learn more about the Caribbean and social movements. I am currently interning at the United Nations Development Program in Latin America and the Caribbean, I am working as a communications analyst.  I am responsible for presenting our new reports to the media.


Karen Vallejos

I am a senior at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. I am majoring in Sociology and minoring in Business and Political Science. In the future, I am planning to master in International Relations. With the Global Engagement Program, I am hoping to learn more about the relevant topics in Global Affairs and how it affects our everyday lives.  I am currently interning at Damayan Migrants Workers Association. Its missions is to education, organize, and mobilize low wage Filipino workers to fight for their labor, health, gender, and immigration rights. At my internship, I assist the lead case manager with administrative work, organizing and conducting events, language translation at legal consultations, and attend consulate meetings.


Sofia Villalon

Sofia Villalon is a junior at SUNY Geneseo double majoring in international relations and French with a concentration in global political economy. Prior to starting her internship at Brooklyn Defender Services, Sofia spent her summer in Dakar, Senegal immersing herself in the West-African culture while conducting original research on immigration patterns. Sofia’s roots, passion for culture and experience in Senegal encouraged her to seek an internship that would expand her knowledge surrounding immigration issues. This led her to intern for the New York Immigration Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) with the Immigration Practice at Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS).


Katherine Walther

Katie Walther is a senior International Relations and Chemistry major at Drake University with a focus in African studies. She worked as a research and development intern at Swarovski with their Waterschool program. She helped organize program information for presentations, edit educational materials and give feedback, and work on the content for a new website. Her main projects throughout the semester were to align the program with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and do research to develop indicators that could be used in schools to track the progress of the Swarovski Waterschool program in each country.  The Swarovski Waterschool is the company’s flagship community investment program which started in 2000. They partner with NGO’s and non-profits in countries across the world to teach children about the importance of clean water, promote good sanitation and hygiene practices, and improve access to water in schools. As of 2016, they have expanded to work in 7 countries and continue to seek ways to empower young people to be actors of change both on a local level as well as globally.


Hannah D'Arcy

Hi my name is Hannah D'Arcy and I am from Queens, New York. I am currently a senior from SUNY Oneonta where I study philosophy and political science. I am super excited to be a part of the SUNY Global Engagement Program this semester, and will be interning at the Swarovski Waterschool, specifically working in corporate social responsibility outreach.


Odile Zoungrana

My name is Odile Zoungrana and I am interning at the National Organization for Women as a Women's Right Intern. As an intern I work with women who seek legal, medical and social assistance. I assist with web development and extensive research in child marriage.


Fall 2015 Interns

Daniel Berg

Daniel Berg is an International Relations and Communications Contract major at SUNY New Paltz.  During his internship at PEN American Center, he provided research and development support for the World Voices Festival, a literary festival established in 2005 with the aim of expanding the literary horizons of American audiences and promoting intercultural communication.  He developed a social media strategy proposal for the Festival in 2016 which was well received by the organization.  He also conducted research for the Director of Free Expression Programs about writers who are facing persecution, censorship and even violence for expressing their views globally. He said “I had many great opportunities and had an opportunity to receive mentorship and advice from a staff of world-class professionals while at PEN”.


Brianna Caroll

Brianna is a graduating senior in Psychology and Criminal Justice at University at Albany.  She interned at the Center for Reproductive Rights, a non-governmental organization that uses the law and advocacy efforts to advance the sexual and reproductive health of women worldwide, by advancing their freedom and access to basic, proper care. Brianna worked specifically with the Center’s Global Legal Program (GLP), a faction of the Center that documents abuses, files cases within national and regional courts, and promotes progressive policy changes in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe. Brianna said “The Global Engagement Program and the internship at the Center for Reproductive Rights was a fulfilling opportunity for me, as I was able to learn more about the impact of civil society and legal reform and understand the type of work and dedication that is required to run an organization like the Center.”


Austin Cartagena

Austin is a graduating senior with International Relations and Spanish majors at SUNY New Paltz.  As an advocacy and documentation intern at OutRight Action International, Austin has researched and written reports on LGBT human rights abuses around the world.  OutRight Action International is a non-governmental human rights organization with UN ECOSOC affiliation.  Austin was tasked with working with the United Nations organizing the organization’s delegation of LGBT human rights activists from around the globe to take part in Human Rights Day at the UN on December 10th. He said “The Global Engagement Program has made [my dream of working at the UN] a reality sooner than I ever could have imagined. I have had the opportunity to put my education to the test, taking part in events at places like the United Nations and even Google.”


Maria Camila Gomez

Camila is a graduating senior in Political Science at SUNY College at Buffalo.  She interned with Seeds of Peace in their Graduate Programs department. She facilitated the events and overall development of the GATHER fellowship, a new program launched by Seeds of Peace.  The fellowship helps to foster continued development of relationships between previous participants of the peace camps organized by Seeds of Peace in their academic and professional lives.  Camila said “The overall SUNY GEP experience has made me realize that the road less traveled has the power to promote change and stability throughout the world. . . I have gained valuable experience in an organization that exemplifies diversity.  I helped with work that I believe will produce change makers.”


Hanna Kasahara

Hanna Kasahara is an international student at SUNY New Paltz majoring in International Relations. She interned at the Social Section of the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations, which covers social and humanitarian issues. As an intern, she had been assisting the diplomatic work for the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly, especially for the Third Committee. She observed and reported about the Third Committee meetings to the Social Section of the Mission.  By assisting day-to-day work of the Japanese diplomats at the UN, she learned the detailed process of the UN diplomacy, something she says “I could not find in the classrooms”. This experience stimulated her interest to pursue further study and career in the field of diplomacy.


Alexandra Nasar

Alexandra is an International Relations and Philosophy double major at SUNY New Paltz.  She interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in their energy and environment Geoeconomic Studies department.  She has done extensive research on a broad range of topics, from the cost of solar energy to initiatives within international community to mitigate climate change. She also had the opportunity to attend several high-level events across departments at CFR.  She said “I have learned a lot from this internship in a very short amount of time and gained deeper insights into fields that I am interested in pursuing in the future.”


Denera Ragoonan

Denera is a senior in International Relations at SUNY New Paltz. She interned at the Executive Office of the Foreign Policy Association. She helped prepare events for the FPA Speaker Series and the World Leadership Forum. She was responsible for membership duties, drafting and mailing letters to FPA’s newly added members and its board of directors. She did research on the potential speaker topics, panelists and venues for the 2016 speaker series. She said, “through this internship, I learned the importance of networking. I was able to meet interesting people during FPA’s events and some had very interesting perspectives on trending topics such as migration and cooperation with Iran. By both preparing for and attending FPA’s events, I became a lot more interested in topics such as population and cyber security.”


Masooma Rahmaty

Masooma is a junior in International Relations at SUNY New Paltz.  She interned at the United Nations Department of Public Information with the Holocaust Programme and Educational Outreach Division.  This division seeks to remind the world of the Holocaust lessons in order to prevent future acts of genocide.  Masooma contributed to the production of the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme Discussion Papers Journal.  She drafted content and media coordinating with the UN Graphic Design Unit. She also volunteered with Media Accreditation and Liaison Office for two weeks during the General Assembly opening.  She participated in many UN events throughout her internship allowing her to observe the inner workings of the organization closely.


Abigail Swint Robinson

Abby Swint is senior at SUNY New Paltz majoring in International Relations and Spanish. She worked as a communications intern at the Rainforest Foundation, a non-for-profit organization seeking to decrease deforestation by providing land rights to indigenous peoples in Peru, Guyana, Brazil and Panama. Abby informed followers of the Rainforest Foundation about deforestation and indigenous peoples’ rights in the perspective countries through social media, specifically, Facebook and Twitter. As an intern, Abby developed new skills in communications field.  She said “The GEP experience confirmed my desire to pursue a career in environmental activism.”   


Maria Toledo

Maria is a graduating senior in International Relations at SUNY New Paltz.  She interned at The Humpty Dumpty Institute with their United Nations Programs, Congressional Delegations and Higher Education Alliance. She conducted research on higher education institutions that were potential candidates to join the HEA Program.   She also assisted the US-UN programs manager in planning US Congressional delegation trips to UN and overseas. She helped build a database of Congress members and their staff for HDI’s Congressional Delegations Program.  She also assisted in research for potential future humanitarian programs HDI may consider relating to women and economic development.  


Fall 2014 Interns

Sampson Oppedisano

Sampson Oppedisano is a senior at SUNY New Paltz majoring in international relations and Asian studies. He interned with the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security, a network of organizations which play a crucial role in informing NGOs and civil society on the status of negotiations and country positions within the fields of disarmament, peace, and security. The committee is comprised of more than 30 different organizations, all of which lend their expertise and resources for their common work. Acting as both an intern and youth representative, Sampson held a variety of responsibilities, from planning events and researching fundraising opportunities to organizing a program to expose local students to the United Nations through briefings. He also frequently attended UN conferences as a note taker for his supervisors and has contributed to the First Committee Monitor, a collaborative publication created to increase the transparency and accessibility of the First Committee of the UN's work. He attended the opening of the UN General Assembly, where UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and many heads of state spoke, including U.S. President Barack Obama.


Julia Mizutani

Julia Mizutani, a junior international relations major with a double minor in French and environmental studies at SUNY Geneseo, spent the fall 2014 semester working as an intern for the Center for Reproductive Rights. Prior to studying at Geneseo, she spent a year volunteering for an NGO in Zimbabwe, Africa. The experience pushed her to gain more tangible skills in addition to academic knowledge by interning in Uganda in summer 2013, and now for the Center for Reproductive Rights in their global legal program.

As an intern for the Center for Reproductive Rights, she worked with international lawyers to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. The Center for Reproductive Rights uses legal advocacy to bring cases before national courts, international courts, United Nations committees, and regional human rights bodies. During her time working for the global legal program, she reviewed shadow letters and wrote cover letters for various UN and regional committees to review human rights violations in countries such as Nepal and Uganda, researched abortion laws across the globe, created databases for UN contacts, and researched the link between maternal mortality rates and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.


Justin Kalin

Justin Kalin, an accounting major from SUNY Binghamton, worked with Human Rights First on the development team. Human Rights First is an independent advocacy organization challenging the U.S government and private companies to uphold human rights and the rule of law. Its initiatives protect refugees who flee persecution, victims of crimes against humanity or other mass human rights violations, victims of discrimination, those whose rights are eroded in the name of national security, and human rights advocates who are targeted for defending the rights of others. As a development intern, Justin provided support for fundraising efforts that involve major donors, foundations, and corporate law firms. Along with prospect research and the reporting of commitments made to foundations, he participated in donor calls and communications meetings to best serve the organization's programming needs. He also helped with the 2014 Human Rights First Award Dinner.


Kasper Garlicki and Alison Kilrain

Kasper Garlicki and Alison Kilrain both interned at the Foreign Policy Association (FPA), an organization with a 96-year history. The FPA's goal is to serve as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues.

Kasper, majoring in international relations at SUNY New Paltz, worked as an events department intern. He assisted the president of the FPA in planning different conferences, task forces, and other events held throughout the year. He was involved in their annual World Leadership Forum. Task forces are shorter events designed to spread awareness of growing issues that affect the world. He helped plan events on climate change and America's role on the international stage.

Alison is a senior in the political science department at SUNY New Paltz, with a focus in international relations. She worked at the FPA as an executive office intern. She focused on education, event planning, and social media management. The FPA publishes a yearly magazine entitled Great Decision, which helps to educate the American public on leading foreign policy issues and promote discussion. The FPA holds various events throughout the year that are focused on the topics of great decisions. Alison worked to design the topics of the discussion for the lecture, locate venues and panelists for these events, and advertise these events to FPA members and students.

Both Kasper and Alison helped to organize and execute high profile speaker events. They have heard from such persons as Professor Stephen Sestanovich, the Premier of Quebec Phillippe Couillard, and former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan.


Jasmine Laudato-Hufalar

Jasmine Laudato-Hufalar is a senior in politics, philosophy, and law (PPL) at SUNY Binghamton. Her interest in Philippine-U.S. relations led her to an internship with Damayan Migrant Workers Association. Damayan means "to help each other" in Filipino, and this grassroots organization is a resource for Filipino domestic workers who live and work in the New York/tri-state area. Damayan advocates for fair labor standards and rights for non-national domestic workers who have been excluded from existing labor laws. During the course of her internship, Jasmine was deeply involved in Damayan's BAKLAS ("Break free" in Filipino) Campaign to stop labor trafficking of Filipino domestic workers. She also had the opportunity to work with her supervisor, the case manager, to help domestic workers file cases against their employers for labor violations such as unpaid overtime and abrupt termination and to connect them to a network of pro-bono legal services. In addition, her daily responsibilities consisted of updating social media platforms and conducting outreach to members.


Ivan Cardoso

“Access, a Non Profit organization advocating globally for your digital rights. At Access I was a part of the Operations Team. I worked closely with Ben Whelan my direct supervisor, on assignments such as recruitment, human resources, and other operational tasks helping coordinate the global efforts of Access.”


Krysten DeJesus

Krysten DeJesus is a senior at SUNY New Paltz, where she is a double major in International Relations and French. Her passion for humanitarian affairs and her personal faith led her to Religions for Peace International.  Religions for Peace International is an NGO affiliated with the United Nations. Religious leaders are called to engage with one another and live out their responsibility of being agents for peace. Through advocacy campaigns, educational programs, and donations, RfP emphasizes the importance of facilitating an interfaith dialogue that promotes diplomatic relations amongst people of all cultures and faiths.  As an intern for the International Secretariat, Krysten assisted in planning the RfP annual Executive Committee Meeting and the Interfaith Climate Summit where she engaged with influential leaders from around the world. Krysten has also helped write and publish the Religions for Peace newsletter. She attended a variety of meetings at the United Nations throughout the semester.


Hajera Siddiq

Hajera Siddiq is a senior studying science, technology, and society at SUNY Farmingdale. She interned with the Clinton Foundation, which works on international and national issues by building partnerships between business, NGOs, governments, and individuals to find sustainable and long-lasting solutions. She interned with the organizational development department, where she helped foster collaboration, coordination, and information sharing among the foundation's programs, initiatives, and departments. She helped with projects that enhance organizational culture, ensure streamlined processes, and increase transparency across the Foundation. Hajera also assisted in the scheduling and logistical aspects of major Foundation intern trips, activities, and events.


Adam Repose

Adam Repose, a senior double majoring in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Spanish, served as an intern and youth representative at the Earth Child Institute. Earth Child Institute (ECI) is an international non-governmental organization dedicated to the preservation of the environment through the education of children. As a UN youth representative, Adam attended UN briefings and conferences to advocate for ECI and to network with like-minded organizations. At the ECI office, he was a part of the process of creating potential partnerships with other NGOs from all over the world. He also worked on grant applications, mainly focusing on projects in Africa and Latin America, to ensure future funding and helped with budgetary matters for a water school project in Brazil and a tree planting campaign in Africa.


Brian Campbell

Brian Campbell is a senior majoring in International Relations with two minors in Disaster Studies and Law. Brian worked as a communications intern at Physicians for Human Rights this past fall. Physicians for Human Rights is an advocacy organization that uses medicine and science to document and call attention to mass atrocities and severe human rights atrocities. He worked closely with his supervisors, conducting research on the Syrian Civil War, persecution of the Rohingya in Burma, and sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, drafting press releases, writing blog posts, contacting journalists, and promoting PHR's online presence. His research was used regularly by PHR for social media purposes and to inform PHR's advocacy work. He also helped edit and reformat PHR's online forensics evaluation course, which medical personnel use to learn about examining mass graves for signs of torture or other human rights violations. This experience confirmed his desire to pursue a career related to advocating human rights globally.


Kevin Sanchez

Kevin Sanchez, an International Relations and Communication major at SUNY New Paltz, interned at the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) NGO Relations Section. DPI/ NGO is one of the major focal points of access that NGOs have into the United Nations. DPI helps its 1,300 associated NGOs, with strong information programs, gain access to and disseminate information on a range of issues in which the United Nations is involved, to enable the public to understand better the aims and objectives of the Organization.

He started his experience by assisting at the 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference. As an intern Kevin supported the work of the NGO Resource Center by the engaging the NGO community through information outreach. Kevin also worked closely with the Association Team within the NGO Section. He assisted NGOs in the process of their application in becoming associated with the UN. Lastly, Kevin had the opportunity to volunteer at many UN events such as illUmiNations and the 2014 UN Day Concert.


Nikki-Laren Quant

Nikki-Laren Quant, a French and political science major, interned withGirl Rising as an Engage intern. Girl Rising is a start up non-profit that uses a film they created to advocate for the global movement to give every girl an education.The Girl Rising film journeys around the globe to show that educating a girl can change the world. With the support of USAID, Girl Rising has launched the Engage Campaign in India, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nigeria. Nikki's interests in development and education and her study abroad experience in France have led her to this position. Working with the Engage team, Nikki's projects have ranged from doing research on potential domestic NGO partnerships in Nigeria to translating French documents into English for the Democratic Republic of Congo. 



Kate Boehler

Kate Boehler, an economics and French major from SUNY Cortland, interned at The Adventure Project (TAP) as an accounting/bookkeeping intern. She enjoyed working for TAP in a collective incubator, the Center for Social Innovation. Kate's experience as the student activities board treasurer on her campus led her to this internship. TAP is a start-up nonprofit designed to "add venture" to support entrepreneurs in developing countries. It brings together people determined to create jobs in developing countries and works on issues related to health, water, environment, and hunger. In 2012, TAP's effort impacted over 500,000 people around the world. Kate has been responsible for entering all donations, purchases, and bank transfers into the accounting software program each week. She assisted in creating the annual report for the organization by working on the public financial report for the organization. She met with the organization's CPA a couple of times each month to make sure that everything was accurate, and carried the overall financial records of the organization.


Monica Farrel and Gregory Blitstein

Gregory Blitstein and Monica Farrel both interned at the Foreign Policy Association, an organization with a 95-year history. The FPA aims to serve as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues.

Gregory, a double major in political science and Spanish from SUNY Buffalo, worked as an events department intern at the Foreign Policy Association. He assisted the president of FPA with coordinating and planning conferences, task forces, and other events held throughout the year. Task forces are shorter events designed to spread awareness of growing issues that affect the world. He helped plan a Task Force event on Climate Change and Global Conflict.

Monica was a junior international relations major when she worked at the FPA as an executive office intern. She focused on education, event planning, and social media management. The FPA publishes a yearly magazine entitled Great Decisions, which aims to educate Americans about the eight most pressing foreign policy issues of the year. The Foreign Policy Association holds various events throughout the year that are focused upon the topics of great decisions. Monica worked to design the topics of discussion for the lectures, locate venues and panelists for these events, and advertise these events to FPA members and students. Every year the FPA holds a Great Decisions Teachers Training Institute to help promote education about foreign policy in high schools across the nation. Monica was responsible for maintaining contact with the teachers of the institute and provided resources for them to educate their students.

Both Greg and Monica helped organize and participate in high profile speaker events. They have heard from such academics as Francis Fukuyama. They also invited the GEP students to participate in an event where they heard from the UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson.



Alexander Elmasri

Alexander Elmasri is a senior in international relations at SUNY New Paltz. He interned with the Program Department at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), the initiative of the Clinton Foundation that convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. He helped fellows in this department develop the content for all CGI meetings, including creating the meeting schedules, format and session topics, as well as the selection and recruitment of moderators and panelists. As a program intern, he was also responsible with aiding the department with day-to-day management of all program related matters. The first activity in which he participated was the CGI annual meeting which coincides with the opening of the UN and hosts some of the world's most powerful government officials, including U.S. President Barack Obama. Alex got to meet with President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton as they prepared for the next year's program.


Nadine Ahrabi-Nejad

Nadine Ahrabi-Nejad, a marketing senior at SUNY New Paltz, interned at the membership department of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). MSF is an international medical humanitarian aid organization that provides independent, impartial assistance in more than 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters. As a marketing intern at MSF, Nadine worked closely with the direct marketing associate for creative and production on a variety of marketing tactics aimed at reaching donors all across the U.S. She assisted in direct mail activities, email marketing, and logistical work behind fundraising events including the LA Marathon and the New York City Marathon. She worked on tracking donor giving behavior, as well as conducting analysis of industry marketing materials and trends.

She also participated in weekly brown bag lunches at the organization where she heard from doctors returning from the field such as Ethiopia and Syria and other relevant information about the humanitarian work of the organization. Nadine conducted a comparative research project where she surveyed different MSF branches in exploring donor behavior globally.


Keith Uffer

Keith Uffer, an international relations major, interned at the United Nations Association of the USA, Southern NYS Division. The UNA-USA is an association dedicated to building understanding of the UN and supports the ideals and vital work of the UN among the American people. They do this by their education and advocacy programs which stress the importance of nations working together and the need for U.S. leadership at the UN. Keith worked on organizing and judging a video contest in which middle school students and high school students based on the "world they want." He also was involved in expanding UNA-USA's outreach over social networking sites. UNA-USA is leading the civil society consultations on the Post 2015 agenda for the Millennium Development Goals in the United States. Keith helped plan and coordinate a major consultation event where the GEP students were also invited to participate. The results of these consultations will later be shared with by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. Keith also organized the Human Rights Day Event, which took place at the Eleanor Roosevelt library in the Mid-Hudson Valley.


Dilrupa Haque

Dilrupa Haque was a senior in international relations at SUNY New Paltz when she interned at the International Institute for Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA), a research and training center affiliated with Fordham University. The IIHA offers a professionalization opportunity through degrees for people with several years of experience in the field of humanitarian affairs. This internship was perfect for Dilrup, who wants to go into this field. She was able to hear first-hand insights into the field of humanitarian affairs. The center offers great resources for those who are in the field of humanitarian affairs to professionalize through courses designed for people who are already in the field. Dilrupa confirmed that her future lies in this field through this internship.


Ricardo A. Hernandez, Jr.

Ricardo A. Hernandez Jr. was a double major in political science and journalism when he served as a communications intern at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), an organization dedicated to ending discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression. He created multimedia for the organization using video editing software. He also wrote press releases and media advisories about upcoming projects, as well as studies and events for the organization. He monitored IGLHRC in the news and conducted research on LGBT human rights violations in selected regions. He aided in the creation of a manual to help LGBT activists in Iran. His editorial on a historic UN event was published on line. This event held at the UN with 10 foreign ministers including Secretary of State John Kerry was an unprecedented meeting to address violence and discrimination against LGBT people around the world. He helped organize and host a delegation of international activists and visitors from around the world for meetings at the UN around the Dec. 10 Human Rights day.


Christiana Nicolaou

Christiana Nicolaou was an international business major at SUNY New Paltz when she interned at the New York City Mayor's Office for International Affairs in the Division for International Business. The division aids foreign companies in establishing operations in New York City. At the mayor's office, she was able to observe companies intending to launch their businesses in one of the most competitive cities in the world and ultimately understand the obstacles and opportunities in conducting business globally. She was also responsible for keeping the international business directory and events calendar accurate and up to date. Christiana worked on a project exploring the programs initiated by the government of New York City in comparison to other globally competitive cities around the world in attracting technology related businesses.


Jennifer Vanriper

Jennifer Vanriper, a senior in international relations, interned at theHumpty Dumpty Institute as a part of the Higher Education Alliance team. The Humpty Dumpty Institute is an NGO dedicated to "putting the pieces back together." The HDI was formed after its founders traveled around the world, witnessed things falling apart in places such as post-genocide Rwanda, and decided to take action. Today, the organization runs diplomatic and large-scale humanitarian projects around the world. These include strengthening US-UN relations, removing land mines for post-conflict areas, and promoting healthcare and food security in developing nations. The Higher Education Alliance department where Jennifer worked  connects higher education institutions with the UN in order to raise awareness. Jennifer helped organize events on different campuses related to Peace and Security, Human Rights, Sustainable Development, and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. She helped put together contact information and calendars, publicity, and social media. She also helped HDI organize their speaker database.


Caitlin O'Donnell

Caitlin O'Donnell interned at the global legal program of the Center for Reproductive Rights, a global legal advocacy organization dedicated to expanding reproductive freedom for women around the world. The Center works to expand access to quality, safe, and affordable reproductive health care. As an intern, she supported the work of the global legal program's team of legal advisors, fellows, program associates, and legal assistants. Her projects ranged from doing research and fact checking on world abortion laws to creating and organizing databases for communication and outreach purposes. She was able to attend both center wide staff meetings and meetings for the Global Legal Program specifically.


Cecilia Stein

Cecilia Stein was a senior in international relations when she interned at the clerk's office of the United States Court of International Trade, which was established in 1980 to oversee all legal cases arising out of international trade policy in the U.S. Cecelia helped write a memo on the change of rules of the court's advisory committee. She also worked on the law library court archives, and preparing for an investiture ceremony for two new judges appointed the court. She was responsible for helping write the chief justices' speech at the investiture ceremony. She gained tools for legal research working with a judge half the semester. She also had the opportunity to attend court hearings and meet one on one with other judges to gain insight on how the work of the court impacts the globalized economy.


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