Fall 2012 Interns
Jorge Benavides is a senior at the University of San Diego double majoring in International Relations and French, with minors in Spanish and International Business. He has studied at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO) in Guadalajara, Mexico, and at the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, France as well as the Ecole de Management in Strasbourg, France. Jorge has served as a bilingual tutor (Spanish/English) at Linda Vista Elementary School and as an intern at L’Atelier de Paul Cézanne in Aix. He has also participated in the Tijuana Spring Breakthrough and several day trips to Tijuana through USD’s University Ministry. Jorge plans to attend graduate school to study international development and in particular, international political economy. He is fluent in Spanish and proficient in French.
Andrés Bernal is an M.A. student in Leadership Studies at USD’s School of Leadership and Educational Sciences (SOLES), with a B.A. from the University of Texas Pan-American in Philosophy and minors in English and Psychology. He was the CEO and founder of ILS Infinite Life Solutions, a life coaching company, and now offers coaching on a freelance basis. Andrés has worked as an Associate Educational Director at the National Hispanic Institute, developing and implementing pedagogy at the 2012 Colorado Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session for about 150 high school students from around the country and Latin America. Previously, he worked for the South West Voter Registration Education Project, and is a certified hypnotherapist from the Hypnosis Motivation Institute, a nationally accredited college of hypnotherapy. Born in Colombia and raised in MacAllen, Texas, Andrés is fluent in Spanish and spent part of the summer of 2012 taking a SOLES class at the renowned Mondragón cooperative in the Basque region of Spain.
Elisabeth (Libby) Jelinek is a junior at the University of San Diego, majoring in Political Science and minoring in English, and Law and Ethics. She studied art history at the Florence University of the Arts, and is a participant in USD’s Honors Program. Libby served as a featured blogger at Play City’s Youth Noise, researching and reporting on organizations or events that use sports to bring about social change. She has served as a coach and counselor at Sly Park Basketball School; belongs to the pre-law professional fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta; and has been a Preceptorial Assistant, as well as a columnist forThe Vista. She volunteers with USD’s Cool Club, where she works with students with special needs. Libby is on the Dean’s List with First Honors and has received the Alcalá Merit Scholarship. She has studied conflict resolution and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, and aspires to become a lawyer.
Erinn King is an alumna of Georgia State University in Atlanta, having graduated in May 2012 with a B.A. in Public & Political Communication. She was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand, and became a charter member of Wellington’s Rotaract Club. Erinn completed an internship at Dispute Resolution Services Limited, writing case summaries and observing conflict resolution sessions. She has studied Italian history and geography in Perugia, Italy; has worked for Boat People SOS, tutoring recent immigrants from Vietnam; and has volunteered for the National Women’s Political Caucus of California, online. In her teens, Erinn traveled to hurricane-affected areas of Nicaragua with Amigos for Christ, helping to improve access to potable water and to build houses. Recently, she established a Facebook group called Civic Conversations to encourage people of differing political views to discuss issues such as the Citizens United decision. Erinn is now the Social Media Chair for the upcoming Rotary International Peace Forum in Hawaii, and was recently selected to be an online Outreach and Communication Intern at the Peace and Collaborative Development Network. Erinn plans to attend graduate school and eventually to embark on a career in the Foreign Service.