The Temple of Understanding is excited to welcome our 2019 student interns to New York City and the United Nations!

Read on to meet our interns and learn about the projects they will be pursuing this summer.

Willie Freeman

My name is Willie Freeman, and I am a 21-year-old rising senior at Cornell University, studying International Agriculture and Rural Development with a minor in International Relations.

Maria Helena Rey

I’m Maria Helena Rey. I am 18 years old, from Bogotá, Colombia, and studying Political Science in my hometown. I have grown in a country that despite the fact that it has been named as the happiest one on Earth has a long story of tragedy and injustice that, still today, has not yet been […]

Mohammed Amin

Hi, my name is Mohammed Amin! I also go by Mo! I am currently an incoming freshman at the College of the Holy Cross. Being born and raised in the Bronx, I have been acquainted with the urban experience for many of my years.

Hei Kiu

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Hei Kiu is an 18-year-old Chinese-Portuguese philosophy enthusiast with a passion in East Asian politics. She discovered her interest in international relations from her extensive MUN experiences, having participated and won numerous university-level conferences, both local and overseas.

Sarah Ahmad

My name is Sarah Ahmad. I am 18 years old, and I am from Schaumburg, Illinois. I will be a freshman this fall at New York University’s College of Arts and Science, majoring in public policy and international relations.

Tselmeg Ulammandakh

Hi! My name is Tselmeg Ulammandakh. I am 18 years old and from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. During a short period in UB, where we had Model United Nations, I would be one of the kids working hardest to pass a resolution paper and get people to join my bloc.

Polina Galieva

Hi! My name is Polina Galieva. I am 18 years old and a rising freshman at Southern Methodist University. My family is originally from Russia, but I grew up in New York and have spent the past several years living in the UK.

Xenia Jankovich

Hello, my name is Xenia Jankovich. I am 18 years old, and am Dutch, French, Hungarian and Canadian. I just graduated from the American International School of Budapest, Hungary and cannot wait to be part of the Temple of Understanding Program this summer.

Abigail Marcolini

Hello, my name is Abigail Marcolini! I am currently nineteen years old and anticipating my upcoming sophomore year at UC Berkeley, originally hailing from the desert landscape of Scottsdale, Arizona.


Hi! I’m Bora, an 18-year-old from Istanbul, Turkey. Although currently I am a high school senior, this fall I will be a freshman at Georgetown studying International Politics.

Glenys D’Souza

Hi! My name is Glenys D’Souza. I am eighteen years old, and I am from India. I wanted to utilize my long summer break by investing my time researching and learning more about the world of diplomacy.

Johanna Friman

My name is Johanna Friman, and I am from Sweden. At the age of sixteen, I was an exchange student in the outback of Australia for a year, and last year I lived in South Africa and worked in the townships. My life experiences have developed my personal goal of wanting to make a positive […]

Mariano Sigifredo

My name is Mariano Sigifredo. I am 20 years old and was born in Córdoba, Argentina. I am studying political science with a focus on comparative and international relations. My experiences in multiple MUNs and volunteer activities have opened my eyes to a new world, in which international issues are just as important as local […]

Matias Benitez

My name is Matias Benitez. I am eighteen years old and live in New York City, but I spent much of my childhood in Sydney, Australia. I am excited to be a ToU intern at the UN because of my interest in how the different cultures and nations of the world interact with each other. […]