Summer 2009 Interns
Cory Felder is a junior at Cornell University, majoring in Near Eastern Studies, where he is President of "Last Call A Cappella," responsible for organizing the rehearsal program, including managing the schedules of thirteen student leaders. He also serves on a volunteer basis on the Philanthropy Committee. Cory spent a summer in Ayacucho, Peru, working as an English teacher at Colegio Los Libertadores. He has also traveled with Cornell Hillel to build houses in New Orleans for survivors of the Katrina hurricane. He is proficient in Spanish and speaks elementary Arabic. Cory hails from San Diego, California, where he attended San Dieguito Academy.
Breyn Hibbs, spring intern 2009, returns to the IPJ for the summer. In May 2009 she graduated from USD with a B.A. in Philosophy and a minor in Leadership and Asian Studies. Breyn has received several academic awards and scholarships including the American Humanics Certificate; the Undergraduate Academic Merit Scholarship ("Trustee Scholarship"); the Alcalá Senior Honor Society Mortar Board; the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation Scholarship; the National Panhellenic Conference Foundation Betty Quick/Gamma Phi Beta Scholarship; the North American Interfraternity Conference Richard G. Miller Memorial Scholarship; and the Western Region Greek Association's Marilyn Fordham Fraternal Values Award. Breyn has studied abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico; London, England; and San José and Monteverde, Costa Rica.
Katie Kilcline was an IPJ intern in the summer of 2008 and since then, she has been attending graduate school at Washington University in St. Louis for a Masters in Social Work. Katie's concentration is in trauma mental health, with a focus on international populations. She will graduate in August 2011 and is hoping to find a job that will allow her to continue working with war trauma and cross-cultural mental health. Katie graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2005 with a B.A. in Psychology and a concentration in International Peace Studies. From 2006 - 2008 she worked in Kathmandu, Nepal, through Jesuit Volunteers International, as a project assistant at the Godavari Alumni Association, where she organized volunteer training, fundraisers, and health awareness programs through the social service unit at a pediatric hospital. Before that, she spent the year after graduation working in Chicago with AmeriCorps, working as a case manager at the Marjorie Kovler Center for Survivors of Torture and living in an intentional community, Amate House. Katie first became acquainted with the IPJ through its volunteer program.
Joanna Kot is an intern at the Consulate of Sweden in San Diego, where she assists Swedish citizens with processing passport and visa applications, and supports the Swedish Consul and his staff at various events. She has a Degree of Master with a major in law from the University of Örebro in Örebro, Sweden. Her Master's thesis was on the Swedish Disabilities Act, and her Bachelor's thesis was on the roles of damages when violating the prohibitions of the Swedish Antitrust Law. Joanna first became acquainted with the IPJ while attending the Distinguished Lecture Series talk by Ambassador Jan Eliasson.
Alana Miller is a senior at Smith College majoring in Latin American Studies with a minor in Environmental Science and Policy. She spent her junior year studying in Mexico at the Universidad Autónoma de Puebla. Alana has worked for, among other organizations, the Obama Campaign for Change New Mexico; the Democratic Party of New Mexico; Environment California and CalPIRG; and Massachusetts Power Shift, where she planned a state-wide lobby day to pass strong climate change legislation and trained participants in lobbying techniques. Alana is from San Diego, California.