Virtual Internship Stories

"Even though this project is research, it’s very personal in a way. It’s just kind of all about both of my communities. It’s both the Brazilian and the Columbia community, and I love both of them."

Julia Shimizu, Barnard ‘23 

"I created my own internship on a topic that was more in line with my interests and reflected the research that was being done in Chile."

Illana Mittleman, Mailman School of Public Health

Stories from Interns, by Interns

Rey Francis Gonzales
Rey Francis Gonzales

Hi, I’m Francis. I am currently an upcoming student at TC pursuing my MA in International Education and Development. I’m originally from the Philippines--Santa Rosa Laguna is my hometown and recently I moved to New York City.

Ozgenur Celik
Ozgenur Celik

I’m from Izmir, Turkey and I’m a rising Junior majoring in Biomedical Engineering. This summer I’m working with Ilara Health, a biomedical tech distribution startup, in Nairobi, Kenya.

Zan Carraher-Kang
Zan Carraher-Kang

I'm from the Boston area and that is currently where I am. I’m starting the tailend of the Dual BA with Sciences Po, majoring in Sustainable Development. I’m working with Sabio Consulting in Nairobi, Kenya.

Derin Sezercan

I am from Istanbul, Turkey. Currently I am at home in Istanbul. My internships are remote and the offices are based in Santiago, Chile.

Matthew Capuano Rizzo
Matthew Capuano Rizzo

My name is Matthew Capuano Rizzo and I’m a student in the Dual BA Program between Sciences Po and Columbia University. I’m from Vienna, Virginia.

Karen Liu

My name is Karen Lui, I’m a freshman at Columbia College studying sociology, and I’m working at the Columbia Global Center in Beijing.

"I always want to be a better version of myself on a personal level, making sure I always reach out to friends and reading things that interest me, as well as on a professional and academic level. I’m pretty naturally competitive, so I compete with myself. Knowing who I am now, knowing who I have been before, and knowing who I want to be in the future inspires me."

Zan Carraher-Kang, GS '22

Tips for Virtual Interns

About Us

Three Columbia Global Centers Virtual Interns interviewed, wrote, and produced the intern stories that are on this page, as part of their virtual internship with the Columbia Global Centers. We loved working with you. Thank you for your creativity and amazing work!

Natalie Cimino
Clare Rigney
Luke Ebora