Peace Boat US welcomes its 2020 Summer interns! Considering the current global trend of everyone working from home, Peace Boat US was able to adapt by kicking off its first online internship! Transitioning to a digital platform is all the more exciting considering the summer interns are currently working from three different states, and yet are still able to coordinate their work together.
Our dedicated team of interns will help in the preparation for the events around the United Nations World Oceans Day activities which will take place from June 1 – 14 as many partners come together to highlight this year’s theme: Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean. Since its inception in 2008, UN World Oceans Day (8 June) celebrates the ocean and its importance to the planet and our lives, while raising awareness about the many threats it faces. As the challenges to the ocean continue to grow, so does the need for novel solutions and the people driving them. Peace Boat US will be helping to coordinate various events during the weeks leading up to the UN World Oceans Day and will be working on programs specifically focused on innovation, youth empowerment and education for the oceans.
In addition, our team will prepare for the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) which will take place via a digital platform from July 7th to July 19th. This event consists of reviewing the 2030 Agenda of UN Sustainable Development and Goals.
Another exciting project our interns will help with is raising awareness about Peace Boat’s Ecoship, an ongoing project to build a sustainable cruise ship that will be an example of innovation for green technology and renewable energy in the maritime industry, reducing our CO2 by 40%, while sailing as a flagship for the SDGs. By pooling their hobbies and skills together, our new interns will create content with the social media platforms, conduct research, and support the upcoming events in which Peace Boat will be participating.
Maé Klein- New York, NY
Maé Klein is a freshman at McGill University majoring in Political Science and minoring in Communication Studies. Through her studies, she has developed a real passion for geopolitics, world dynamics and the use of media to create change. From an early age, Maé was passionate about climate change and human rights. Her interests led her to take part in her school’s Green Team and in an organization called WISER, which raises funds for women’s education in Kenya. Furthermore, having been born in Paris, having lived in Tokyo, New York and Montreal, she has an international background which has exposed her to many different cultures, perspectives, and hardships. Thus, Maé resonates with Peace Boat’s mission statement becausePeace Boat is representative of the change and improvements that can be made. Maé is excited to share the knowledge she has acquired about the environment and the importance of education. She is looking forward to taking part in and truly understanding what creating change means at Peace Boat US.
Griselda Solis- Phoenix, AZ
Griselda Solis is a rising senior at Wesleyan University. She is double majoring in American Studies with a concentration in Race and Ethnicity and Environmental Studies with a concentration in conservation. Griselda’s passion for sustainability originated from witnessing environmental inequalities. For example, she saw how low-income communities were disproportionately impacted with environmental hazards ranging from higher exposure to pollution from factories to superfund sites. Throughout high school, she got involved with grassroots organizations that worked on lessening environmental inequalities through legislative action, lobbying. To further her understanding of the intersections between social justice and environmental justice, she has been involved in academic and personal projects such as the Peace Boat. In 2018, Griselda participated in the Peace Boat’s 98th global voyage as a youth for the SDGs where she got to get a taste of the Peace Boat while traveling from Panama, to Costa Rica, and disembarking in Mexico. The rich cultural and educational experiences had a lasting impact that draws her back to Peace Boat. Her personal, professional, and Peace Boat experiences have invigorated her to continue to pursue her passion for social and environmental justice.
Claire Elise Cousineau- Minneapolis, MN
Claire Cousineau, a Minneapolis, Minnesota native, is finishing up her undergraduate this winter at Middlebury College in Vermont with a major in Chinese and a double minor in Religion and Psychology. In 2019, she studied and lived in Beijing and Kunming which ignited her passion for community building and creative cross-cultural problem-solving. Additionally, after working with smaller-scale organizations on issues surrounding education, she began to understand the many connections that come together to create an enriching and effective global education. Claire is excited to contribute these experiences to her work with Peace Boat US in order to further explore and build her understanding around creating a sustainable and globally-connected world. She looks forward to learning how Peace Boat US takes its unique and innovative approach to tackling some of our world’s greatest issues.
Silvia Cantu – Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Silvia Cantu is a senior at Middlebury College, majoring in Political Science with a focus on Environmental Policy. Born and raised in Mexico, she has previously lived in Victoria, Canada, where she completed high school at UWC Pearson College and in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she attended Universidade Federal Fluminense for a semester of study abroad. She is fluent in Spanish, English, and Portuguese. She joined Peace Boat’s 100th global voyage traveling from Ushuaia to Valparaiso as part of the Youth for the SDGs program in February 2019. She is passionate about marine conservation and youth education and activism. She has vast experience in interdisciplinary academic research, cross-cultural communication, and inclusive teaching. Silvia is also a certified PADI Advanced scuba diver and a conservation photographer. Her interest in the nonprofit sector and international cooperation has only drawn her closer to Peace Boat and its multiple initiatives for peace education and sustainability.
Mehraz Karim – Old Tappan, NJ
Mehraz Karim is a rising senior at Horace Mann School in the Bronx. He has taken classes on Atlantic World History, Religion in History, and Ethics to better understand topics such as sociology and multicultural psychology. Mehraz first experienced enthusiasm for sustainability when he participated on his school’s service-learning team, where he volunteered at local public schools in the Bronx and helped manage sustainable activities for younger students to partake in after school. Mehraz also has volunteered with Peace Boat in both 2018 and 2019, shooting photography for them at their programs at the Tribeca Film Festival and at the United Nations World Oceans Day, respectively. By volunteering for Peace Boat, Mehraz hopes to further learn about sustainability and its impact on oceans.
Romina Perino – New York, NY
Born in Argentina, she moved at a young age and was raised in New York City. She completed her degree at Adelphi University in political science and peace studies where she took an interest in the Sahrawi Refugee crisis. Since 2013 she’s dedicated her studies and research to ending the occupation of Morocco in Western Sahara. In 2017 Romina accepted an invitation from Artifariti, an annual conference of local and foreign artists in the Sahrawi camps which aims to raise awareness of the occupation and conflict in Western Sahara. Romina has made it an effort to return to the camps every year, most recently collaborating with a group of doctors and nurses from Spain at the hospital in Smara, one of the refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria, investigating the challenges faced by doctors and lack of medical resources in the area. Since 2019 she has been working for a communications and strategic firm as Project Manager making ideas come to life and changing the world.
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