Meet Our Interns
Fall 2013 WorldLink Interns
Freida is a junior at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. Her interests in international relations began during her freshman year while serving as president of her school’s Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/Chicana de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A) Club. She now holds a leadership position in the Pan Asian Pacific Islander Association (P.A.P.I.A.). Through these clubs, Freida has become passionate about raising awareness on different cultures and traditions. She is an active member of her community through volunteering with Therapeutic Recreation Services of San Diego, Logan Heights Branch Library and Las Palmas Elementary School. She has also volunteered with the nonprofit organizations Pug Rescue of San Diego and the San Diego Music Foundation. Freida attended WorldLink’s 16th Annual Youth Town Meeting through her Advanced Placement World History course field trip. She was greatly inspired and decided to become more knowledgeable and involved in global affairs. She hopes to inspire her peers to do the same. In her spare time, Freida enjoys playing the piano and violin and participating in the Logan Heights Teen Council.
Research focus: Poverty and Hunger, Global Health, Environment and Land
Nicole-Ann is a junior at Cathedral Catholic High School (CCHS), where she serves as Opinions Editor of her school’s newspaper, El Cid. She is captain of both her school’s Mock Trial team, where she serves as lead prosecutor, and the Speech and Debate team, through which she competes in Lincoln-Douglas debate, Dramatic Interpretation and Congress. Nicole-Ann serves as vice-president of the CCHS Autism Youth Ambassadors club, executive ambassador for CCHS Christ Corps and tutor for the National Honor Society. She is also a member of her school’s Academic League team, Model United Nations club and lacrosse team. Nicole-Ann won the Bishop Leo T. Maher Award in Spring 2013, naming her as the Outstanding Sophomore in her grade. As an active member of her community, Nicole-Ann serves as a Teen Korps Youth Ambassador, where she focuses her efforts on youth with autism, and she previously interned at Robert Shipley & Associates Law, APLC, in Carlsbad. This fall, Nicole-Ann founded the Knowledge is Power Society, an organization that has partnered with the Mona Foundation, which aims to help eradicate global poverty by providing education to children. Along with the Mona Foundation, Knowledge is Power Society plans and executes biannual benefit dinners in order to raise necessary funds to build a school in Madras, India. In her free time, Nicole-Ann enjoys playing piano at the Sunrise Senior Center in Carlsbad, teaching Catechism to seventh graders at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church and reading literature by her favorite author, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Research focus: Human Protection, Peace Processes
Kellie is currently a sophomore at the Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs High Tech High School. She is fluent in French and is learning Spanish and German. Kellie enjoys teaching French to middle school students and volunteering at the International Rescue Committee and the public library. She also helps lead computer workshops and has created online tutorials for computer programs. In addition, she designed the website for an afterschool athletic program dedicated to helping young refugees integrate with the San Diego community through soccer. Kellie hopes to pursue a degree in graphic design, as well as a minor in psychology so she can better understand the causes and effects of conflict around the world. In her free time, Kellie likes to tutor, expand her knowledge of photography and participate on her school’s Hall of Fame Robotics team.
Summer 2013 WorldLink Interns
Chi Chi Chang
The Bishop’s School
Chi Chi is an incoming senior at The Bishop's School. Her passion for international relations and conflict resolution emerged during her freshman history class, where she moderated a simulated conflict between the different parties involved in the independence of South Sudan. During her freshman and sophomore years, she attended WorldLink’s Annual Youth Town Meeting as a conference delegate, and served as moderator at the 16th Youth Town Meeting her junior year. Chi Chi will serve as co-president for the WorldLink Club at The Bishop’s School her senior year, and is excited to bring a deeper understanding of the WorldLink program at her school. She was recently elected president of the Associated Student Body Council at her school, the co-president of Asian Affinity Club and co-president of Students as Grassroots Educators – a peer-to-peer tutoring program. Chi Chi is also an active participant in the Student Diversity Alliance. This summer she will take part in a cultural exchange with teenage Karen refugees, combining her love of dance with a passion for communicating and connecting with others. In her free time, she enjoys playing Varsity soccer and lacrosse, dancing, trying different foods and going to the beach.
Research focus: Peace Processes
Lily Greenberg Call
San Diego Jewish Academy
Lily is a rising junior at the San Diego Jewish Academy. She is currently the director of advocacy for Girls Give Back, a program at Jewish Family Service of San Diego that empowers the next generation of female leaders to create meaningful change in the world around them. Through Girls Give Back, she met with U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congresswoman Susan Davis to discuss the Healthy Media for Youth Act and the Equal Rights Amendment. Lily attended the 2013 American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., as well as the 2013 Young Democrats of America High School Leadership Academy. Lily enjoys traveling and has had a passion for global affairs and community service since elementary school. In her spare time, she enjoys running and writing.
Research focus: Peace Processes
Otay Ranch High School
David was born in England, grew up in Wales and moved to the United States in 2007. Living in two different continents exposed him to new cultures and traditions. Upon entering high school, he developed an interest in computers and technology because the field of technology was rapidly advancing and continues to grow each year. David hopes to pursue a degree in computer science because he believes information technology is a powerful way to inform others on global issues. He is learning Japanese and has memorized the hiragana and katakana alphabets. David also has a passion in computer gaming, and owns a YouTube channel on computer gaming experiences with 400,000 viewers and 3,800 subscribers.
Research focus: Environment and Land
La Jolla High School
Maya is a senior at La Jolla High School (LJHS). After attending WorldLink youth forums and joining the Model United Nations club at her school, she discovered her interest in global health and policy. Maya holds positions at the LJHS Interact Club, LJHS Universal Technology Outreach Community Hubs (U-TOUCH) Club and has interned for two years at the Rady Children’s Hospital in the Autism Discovery Institute. In the past year, she has worked under the research team of Dr. Freeze at the Sanford-Burnham Department of Children’s Health. This summer Maya is raising money to build a digital center, library and high school in Thimmanguthu, India, after learning from the Rural India Student Education Foundation (RISE) that a school in this village was at risk of closing due to insufficient funds. Through Maya’s coordination, the organizations RISE, U-TOUCH and Room to Read have established a partnership in order to provide access to quality education in Thimmanguthu. Maya has twice received the President’s Gold Award for community service and multiple accolades from the American Legion regarding her efforts toward communal and global well-being. She hopes to pursue a career in medicine and work for UNICEF. In her free time, Maya likes to sing a cappella, write poetry, sew, do yoga and cook.
Research focus: Global Health
Scripps Ranch High School
Aileen is a rising junior at Scripps Ranch High School, where she will serve as editor-in-chief of her school’s political journal and literary magazine and vice president of her school’s mock trial team. She currently serves as editor for The Korea Daily, vice president of the Future Business Leaders of America and works as a legislative intern for the California State Senate, where she experiences first-hand workings of legislation and constituent casework. This summer, Aileen will be completing pro bono work for the county’s Public Defender’s Office. Aileen has interned for Qualcomm Incorporated, and has attended the California State Summer School for the Arts, where she majored in creative writing and attended workshops with published authors. In her downtime, Aileen enjoys volunteering at Rady Children’s Hospital and attending events for her internship with Senator Joel Anderson. Aileen is fluent in Korean and has an interest in linguistics.
Research focus: Poverty and Hunger
Canyon Crest Academy
This fall, Josh will be a senior at Canyon Crest Academy. He currently serves as a campus intern for Friends of Orphans (FRO), a nonprofit organization based in Uganda that focuses on the rehabilitation of former child soldiers. Through his internships with the IPJ and FRO, Josh hopes to make a difference on a global scale, as well as a local one. During the summer of 2012, Josh interned for Non-Profit Strategies Group (NP Strategies), a management consulting organization focused on strengthening San Diego’s nonprofits. As an intern for NP Strategies, he provided research and analysis support for a strategic planning project focused on transition age youth. Josh also volunteers in the San Diego area through Teen Volunteers in Action and Teen Korps, where he focuses his efforts on underprivileged youth. His favorite subjects are history, psychology and physics. In his free time, Josh swims competitively, plays water polo and volunteers as a swim instructor. He also greatly enjoys writing and often writes short stories.
Research focus: Human Protection