Meet our Fall Interns for 2016!
Christina Irwin is a recent high school graduate, dedicating her gap semester to interning with Peace Boat US until December. She discovered Peace Boat while searching for an activist organization to which she could dedicate her time. She has prior experience volunteering with animals, and aims to broaden her scope of activities and impact. Christina cares deeply about the environment, human rights, mental health, and animal welfare. She is pleased to be part of an organization with passions that mirror her own, and where she can learn more about how to contribute to their objectives.
Emilie Lervik is a social worker from Norway. She has a bachelor’s degree in social work
and studied human rights for a semester in New York. She visited the Peace Boat US office with her human rights teacher when she studied in New York, and knew immediately that she wanted to be an intern at Peace Boat US. In Norway, she works with children with mental and physical disabilities and loves working with young people. Her dream is to one day work for UNICEF. She is passionate about child protection, children with disabilities and the #ENDviolence initiative. She also loves working with people from different countries and learning more about different cultures around the world. She views the internship as a great opportunity to learn more about how international NGOs work, and to gain knowledge about current issues.
Julia Wilkinson is a Columbia SIPA MPA graduate who has joined Peace Boat US’ volunteer staff to work on the organization’s Ecoship Project. She learned about Peace Boat through friends who knew about her passion for conservation and peacebuilding, and after meeting the team she was eager to contribute to the mission. She is an impact investor focused on sustainability, technology for social change and development, and gender equality. Before attending Columbia SIPA she worked in international asset management. Julia is trilingual in English, Portuguese, and Spanish and lived in Mexico, Brazil, and Honduras for 11 years. She is excited to work with the Peace Boat team to bring the Ecoship project from concept to reality, and to contribute to the advancement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Cecilie Barmoen is a Norwegian student at Pace University, where she focuses on Global Studies. She has always had a passion for international politics and peace keeping, so when she found Peace Boat US, she thought it would be a great place to start to learn more about it in real life. From participating in the Model UN program, she learned much about conflict solving and peace resolutions, and the program fueled her interest in this field. In the future, she would like to work at the United Nations, where she can focus on cultural differences in regards to human rights. She is excited about her internship with Peace Boat US and is confident it will help her learn even more about peace building.
Jason Vargas is a student at Pace University with a major in Political Science and minors in Criminal Justice and Peace and Justice Studies. He is very interested in human rights, the laws of war, disarmament, and international law. Jason is very excited to be interning for an organization such as Peace Boat whose mission is to work towards a Nuclear-Free world. Furthermore, he sees himself either going to law school or getting his masters degree in U.S. Foreign Policy following his graduation from Pace. In the future Jason hopes to become a Foreign Service Officer and work abroad in the various U.S. embassies making a noticeable difference in the world.
Alex Brizer is a student at Pace University with a major in Communications and a minor in Criminal Justice. Alex is very interested in Journalism, International Politics, Disarmament and Human rights. He has always had a strong passion for Peace Keeping and the Environment. He has Volunteered with local organizations such as the Clear water Festival in Croton On Hudson to help raise awareness for Environmental cleanup and to help promote the closure of the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant. Alex also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in Dallas, Texas to help build schools in impoverished areas through the NBA Cares program. He has always cared for others wants to make the world a better place. Alex learned about Peace Boat through his Professor and is very excited to be working for such an amazing organization. His goal is to promote and learn a lot more about Peace building and to meet others from around the world while doing so.