Meet our 2020 summer interns! We were thrilled to connect with interns from around the world this summer via Zoom! For the summer of 2020, we ran a virtual internship program due to COVID-19 and had three main goals – making connections, promoting awareness and education, and coming up with ways that we can advocate for important causes we are passionate about both individually and as a group.

This program included several sessions throughout July and featured a variety of speakers on topics connected to the work of Temple of Understanding, including Women’s Rights, Ecological Justice, Sustainable Development, Interfaith Education, Social Justice, Human Rights, Peacemaking, Disarmament Affairs, and Humanitarian Affairs. During each session, we had an incredible panel of speakers who shared their work, insights, and experiences with us. Both the speakers and the intern group sparked important, engaging, and thought-provoking conversations. We asked questions, shared resources, and collaborated on ways to advocate for causes we believe in and action steps we can take. We were very grateful for our time with every person that joined us for these sessions, and we look forward to continuing these discussions!

Cindy Peng

Hi! My name is Cindy Peng, and I am 19 years old. I live in Columbus, Georgia. I am a rising freshman at Wellesley College, potentially majoring in International Relations, Middle Eastern Studies, and Sociology. 

Thomas Falci

My name is Thomas Falci, and I am from Westchester, NY. I am a rising sophomore at Claremont McKenna College dual majoring in International Relations and History with a Data Science sequence.

Mina Mohammadi

Hey there! My name is Mina Mohammadi. I am 19 years old and an incoming sophomore at New York University studying Journalism and Data Science along with a minor in Middle East Studies. 

Hanna Mirgorodschi

Hello! I am Hanna Mirgorodschi. I am 22 years old and come from Bremen, Germany. This month I am graduating from the University of St. Andrews, with a bachelor’s degree in Social Anthropology and Sustainable Development.

Yaxuan Shi

Hi everyone! I am Yaxuan Shi, and I just turned 18 this month. I was born and raised in Jinan, Shandong Province in China. Currently, I am a high school rising senior at Santa Catalina School in California.

Grace Hudson

Hello everyone! My name is Grace Hudson. I am 20 years old, and I am studying a joint degree in International Relations and Psychology at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. I am from Oregon in the United States and Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. 

Alykhan Pirani

My name is Alykhan Pirani, and I’m from Atlanta, Georgia. I am 18 years old and am a rising freshman at Columbia University where I plan on majoring in Human Rights and Political Science.

Isha Gupta

Hey! My name is Isha Gupta, and I am 18 years old. I am an incoming freshman at George Washington University in Washington D.C. where I plan on studying International Relations. 

Myra Karavelioglu

My name is Myra Karavelioglu. I am an 18-year-old from New Jersey, USA. Having lived in both Turkey and America has given me a major insight into the influence of religion and culture in politics as I have grown up comparing the two countries.

Rahima Khatun

Salutations, I am Rahima Khatun. I am currently 19 years old and am a second-year undergraduate student studying the realms of political law and international relations in New York City.

Chelsea Egu

Hello! My name is Chelsea Egu.  As a dual citizen of Nigeria and the U.S., I have grown up with a more nuanced and global perspective of politics. Subsequently, this has led to my involvement in an assemblage of academic programs and projects centred on human rights and international affairs.