HIGHLIGHTS

About Our Internship Program

Niagara Foundation offers a highly competitive internship program that gives students and recent graduates the unique opportunity to make important professional contributions to our success. Interns are assigned a long-term project that they work on during their 12 week internship in addition to daily responsibilities. Long-term project assignments range from new program development, creating strategic plans, research and analysis, as well as contributing to the organization of department specific programs. Niagara Foundation internships are unpaid.

General Requirements

Internships are available to undergraduate / graduate students and recent graduates from an accredited college or university. Individual internship postings have specific requirements so be sure to read each description before submitting an application.

Internship Dates:

Fall Term: September 8-December 11 ll Application Deadline: August 1st
Spring Term: January 11-May 6 ll Application Deadline: December 15th
Summer Term: June 6-August 14 ll Application Deadline: March 15th

How to Apply

Please send your resume, writing sample and two recommendation letters to internships@niagarafoundation.org

Center for Public and Global Affairs:

Niagara Foundation’s Center for Public and Global Affairs offers platforms for distinguished speakers to spotlight trends, analyze important issues, exchange ideas, and participate in productive interactions that promote innovative global and public policy solutions.

Internship opportunities are available every Semester for students who wish to participate in a learning environment where he or she will gain work experience for the future. The intern will assist the Director of the Center for Public and Global Affairs with daily operations, as well as larger, long-term projects. Responsibilities include assisting the Program Director in researching, proposing, evaluating, and planning of upcoming events. Interns assist in the Chicago & Global Family events by proposing potential speakers, full event research and proposal for the Niagara Forums series. In addition, interns contribute to the Niagara blog The Falls in recapping Niagara events, providing original content and book reviews. The intern will have the opportunity to meet with a number of public figures from the Chicago area, including professors, local, state and international government leaders, and business leaders, among others.
An ideal candidate will have a background in international studies, political science, international relations or other related fields.

Internship Requirements:

• Must be an undergraduate/graduate student or recent graduate
• Must be able to commit to 12 hrs/wk for 12 weeks
• Have excellent verbal, interpersonal skills with strong writing skills
• Ability to efficiently manage multiple tasks and meet deadline
• Ability to process and protect confidential information
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
• Ability to respectfully communicate and work with diverse community groups varying in age, religion, denomination, and ethnicity

• Pursuing a degree in International Relations, Public Policy, Journalism, Communications, or other related fields
• Interest in and ability to readily acquire knowledge on international affairs
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
• Ability to work in a demanding, fast-paced environment
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Center for Interfaith Engagement

Niagara Foundation’s Center for Interfaith Engagement encourages pluralism by providing opportunities for all cultures, communities and faith groups to be engaged in dialogue though a variety of programs. Signature programs include the annual Abrahamic Traditions and Ramadan Experience dinners, the Abraham’s Tent home interfaith dinner program, our Sacred Sources discussion program, Sharing the Faith series, and the Annual Chicago Interfaith Gathering.

Internship opportunities are available every Semester for students who wish to participate in a learning environment where she or he will gain valuable work experience in the field of inter-religious dialogue and community development. The intern will assist the Program Director of the Center for Interfaith Engagement with daily operations, as well as larger, long-term projects.

Responsibilities include overseeing the organization of Abraham’s Tent program and its database development, management of event invitations, and communicating with participants; assisting with preparation for Sacred Sources programs; logistical support for major Sharing the Faith events; and writing blog posts for promotion and/or review of interfaith events. Depending on the time of the year, interns will also be working on the planning and coordination of the center’s annual interfaith programs. Interns will be expected to bring a spark of innovation in developing new cross-cultural and interfaith programs and opportunities for members. The ideal candidate is able to work flexible hours and attend Niagara events.

Internship Requirements:

• Must be an undergraduate/graduate student or recent graduate
• Must be able to commit 1 full school Semester
• Must be able to commit at least 10 hours a week in the office
• Ability to respectfully communicate and work with diverse community groups varying in age, religion, denomination, and ethnicity
• Ability to efficiently manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines
• Ability to process and protect confidential information
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment
• Have excellent verbal, interpersonal skills with strong writing skills (please attach a writing sample with application)
• Ability to produce weekly blog posts

Desired Skills/Preferences:

• Pursuing a degree in Theology, Religion, International Relations, Communications, Sociology, or Anthropology.
• Interest in and ability to readily acquire knowledge on current trends in religious and international affairs
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
• Ability to work in a demanding, fast-paced environment
• Ability to bring creative approaches to problem solving

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Center for Academic Affairs

Niagara Foundation’s Center for Academic Affairs works in collaboration with distinguished universities and scholars to make advancements in all academic fields more visible by offering platforms for discussion.

Internship opportunities are available every Semester for students who wish to participate in a learning environment where he or she will gain work experience for the future. The intern will assist the Director of the Center for Academic Affairs with daily operations, as well as larger, long-term projects, including but not limited to writing and reviewing transcriptions of both small and large scale events, creating booklets for future events, and proofreading/revising articles submitted by scholars and members to make them align with Niagara’s mission.

Internship Requirements:

• Must be an undergraduate/graduate student or recent graduate
• Must be able to commit 1 full school Semester or semester
• Must be able to commit at least 10 hours a week in the office
• Ability to respectfully communicate and work with diverse community groups varying in age, religion, denomination, and ethnicity
• Ability to efficiently manage multiple tasks and meet deadline
• Ability to process and protect confidential information
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
• Have excellent verbal, interpersonal skills with strong writing skills

Desired Skills/Preferences:

• Pursuing a degree in Sociology, History, Economics, Business, Communications, Psychology, Anthropology, or other related fields
• Interest in and ability to readily acquire knowledge on international affairs
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
• Ability to work in a demanding, fast-paced environment

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Administrative Assistant

Recruiting / Talent Management

Niagara Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in Chicago in 2004 currently with branches in Michigan, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. The foundation is committed to building global bridges locally by convening dialogue that fosters understanding, respect, and acceptance. Niagara Foundation envisions a community in which people from all walks of life interact with each other and cooperate to serve their communities, thereby strengthening civil society and promoting the development of shared human values.
Internship opportunities are available every semester for students who wish to participate in a learning environment where he or she will gain work experience for future employment.
Responsibilities include communicating with future intern candidates via phone and email, managing open internship postings on various career and university websites, developing an internship application database, including recruitment materials, application logistics and timelines.

Requirements:
• Must be an undergraduate/graduate student or recent graduate
• Must be able to commit at least 12 hours a week for 12 weeks in the office
• Applicants must have a strong academic record and a demonstrated interest in human resources
• Strong writing skills are required

Knowledge & Skills:
• Ability to respectfully communicate and work with diverse community groups varying in age, religion, denomination, and ethnicity
• Ability to efficiently manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines
• Ability to process and protect confidential information
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
• Have excellent verbal, interpersonal skills
• Excelling organizational and analytical skills
• Ability to think strategically and understand interrelations within an organization
• Highly proficient on MS Office Suite, particularly in Excel

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

Communications Internship

Niagara Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in Chicago in 2004 currently with branches in Michigan, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. The foundation is committed to building global bridges locally by convening dialogue that fosters understanding, respect, and acceptance. Niagara Foundation envisions a community in which people from all walks of life interact with each other and cooperate to serve their communities, thereby strengthening civil society and promoting the development of shared human values. The Communications intern plays a key role in that mission by creating content that keeps Niagara’s community informed and engaged outside of Niagara events.

The Communications intern has similar responsibilities as an online newspaper reporter. Intern will research content, interview contacts, and contribute to the development of Niagara’s news site. S/he will work with the Director of Communications to pitch ideas and will post content related to Niagara events and international affairs. Interns are also responsible for helping with writing press releases and other PR assignments.

Responsibilities include: researching and contributing to blog, contacting Niagara members and speakers for interviews and research, making phone calls when necessary and producing PR materials for events. This is an excellent opportunity for journalism and communications students who want to build a diverse writing portfolio and strengthen their ability to pitch, research and edit. Additionally, interns will be encouraged to participate in brainstorming and developing new programs and initiatives at Niagara.

Internship Requirements:
• Must be an undergraduate/graduate student or recent graduate
• Must be able to commit 1 full school Semester
• Must be able to commit at least 12 hours a week for 12 weeks in the office
• Ability to respectfully communicate and work with diverse community groups varying in age, religion, denomination, and ethnicity
• Ability to efficiently manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines
• Ability to process and protect confidential information
• Ability to work in a team-driven environment.
• Have excellent verbal, interpersonal skills (will be calling and interviewing sources)
• Strong writing skills and working knowledge of AP style are required
• An established social media presence is preferred

*Note: This internship application requires a writing sample – journalistic or research-based.

Desired Skills/Preferences:
• Pursuing a degree in Journalism, Communications, International Studies, Political Science or other related fields
• Curiosity and ability to quickly absorb information related to international affairs
• Experience working with multiple media, i.e. video editing, photography, podcasting is desirable, but not required
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
• Ability to work in a demanding, fast-paced environment

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

SUMMER 2015

Alyssa Slager
Communications Intern, Summer 2015, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Communications and Global Studies

Alyssa Slager is a Communications Intern for the Niagara Foundation during the summer of 2015. She will be a junior at the University of Illinois this fall. Alyssa is pursuing a double major in Communications and Global Studies.


Suzanne Warshell
Public and Global Affairs Intern, Summer 2015, Brown University, Political Science on the international track

Suzanne Warshell is a Public and Global Affairs Intern at the Niagara Foundation. She is a rising sophomore at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where she is studying Political Science on the international track.


Anthony Wojnar
Web Design Intern , Summer 2015, DePaul University, computer game development with a focus on design

He is a Web Design intern at the Niagara Foundation. He is a recent DePaul University graduate, and majored in computer game development with a focus on design.


Jasmin Rojo
Communications Intern, Summer 2015, Michigan State University, Journalism and Psychology

Jasmin Rojo is a Communications intern at the Niagara Foundation. She is currently a senior at Michigan State University, and is majoring in Journalism and Psychology.


Irma Geldiashvili
Communications Intern, Summer 2015, University of Paris, Global Communications

She has traveled to the United States of America, Switzerland, Germany, Cayman Island, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, France, and the United Kingdom. She speaks multiple languages and desires to further diversify her experience and knowledge in different cultures and in her professional fields.


Brianna Deigan
Communications Intern, Summer 2015, University of Wisconsin

Brianna Deigan is a Communications intern here at the Niagara Foundation. She is approaching her second year at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.


Natasa Jovanovic
Human Resources Intern, Summer 2015, Roosevelt University, Human Resources Management

She is originally from Serbia but she is currently living in Chicago where she is pursuing her second Master’s degree in Human Resources Management (MSHRM) at Roosevelt University. Her first Master is Master’s degree of Law (LLM) from Serbia. Internship at Niagara Foundation is my first internship in Human Resources.


Essienubong King
Human Resources Intern, Summer 2015, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Mass Communications

Essienubong King is currently a Mass Communication Junior at the Lincoln University of Pennsylvania. Focused in the Media Technology aspect of Mass Communication, which includes journalism and others, he hopes to work in a media firm. King is member of the NABJ (National Association of Black Journalist).


Garrett Foster
International Relations, Summer 2015, Lake Forest College

He is a recent graduate of Lake Forest College, where he majored in International Relations with a minor in Islamic World Studies. While there, he studied Arabic, Spanish, French, and Portuguese, and he tutored the beginning Arabic classes. He is always looking for people to practice Arabic with and looks forward to being a part of the Niagara Foundation this summer.


Andrew Lee
Human Resources Intern, Summer 2015, Northwestern University

Andrew Lee is a Human Resources intern at Niagara Foundation. This fall, he will be entering his senior year at Northwestern University, pursuing a double major in Theatre and Economics in the School of Communications. He is so excited to be working with such a wonderful group of people dedicated to making the world a better place.


Andrew Seligson
Interfaith Engagement Intern, Summer 2015, Oberlin College, Religious Studies and Music

Andrew Seligson is an intern at the Center for Interfaith Engagement at the Niagara Foundation. He is currently a Senior at Oberlin College majoring in Religious Studies and Musical Studies with a concentration in Jewish Theology and Music Theory. On the music side of things, Andrew enjoys playing guitar in various ensembles, as well as composing works for chamber and orchestral ensembles.


Hiba Ahmed
Public and Global Affairs Intern, Summer 2015, Knox College

Hiba Ahmed, from Libertyville, IL, is a Public Global Affairs intern at Niagara for the summer of 2015. Hiba graduated from Knox College ‘15 with a Bachelors of the Arts degree in International Relations and Religious Studies.


Justine Gustafson
Public and Global Affairs Intern, Summer 2015, Xiamen University, Chinese Environment Law

Justine Gustafson is a Chicago native who is currently studying Chinese environmental law at Xiamen University in China. Prior to that she worked as an English teacher throughout China. Her undergrad is in Anthropology and Archaeology from DePaul University.


Alexandra Turcios
Public and Global Affairs Intern, Summer 2015, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, political science

Alexandra Turcios is a rising senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She majors in political science with a concentration in civic leadership and is obtaining a certificate in Global Security.


Fatima Tuba Eldes
Interfaith Engagement Intern, Summer 2015, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Molecular and Cellular Biology and Psychology



Jihan Dubose
Public and Global Affairs Intern, Summer 2015, The American University, International Development

She is a Public and Global Affairs intern for Niagara Foundation. Jihan will be entering her junior year at American University with a major in International Development and a minor in African Diaspora Studies. At school, she is musical director of an a capella group and involved with American’s Black Student Alliance.


Megan Zacher
Public and Global Affairs Intern, Summer 2015, Loyola University, International Studies and French



Shuai Shao
Web Design Intern, Summer 2015, Northwestern University, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Shao is an international student coming from China. Filled with great zeal, after graduating from School of Electronic Engineering, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), He keeps on pursuing his master degree at Northwestern University, major in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science.


Praneender Gupta Vuppala
Web Design Intern, Summer 2015, Illinois Institute of Technology


SPRING 2015

Kathleen Bolano
Communications Intern, Spring 2015, DePaul University, Relational Communications and Organizational Communications

Born and raised in Chicago, Kathleen Bolano is in her final year at DePaul University. She is double majoring in relational communications and organizational communications. The study of how people interact interpersonally and in groups have always fascinated her.


Jovon T. Puhlyak
Public & Global Affairs Intern , Spring 2015, Columbia College Chicago, Cultural Studies and Asian Studies

Jovon T. Puhlyak interning in The Global and Public Affairs center at the Niagara Foundation, is a senior at Columbia College Chicago. She is working toward an Interdisciplinary B. A. that combines both Cultural Studies and Asian Studies. She comes from a diverse background and hopes to use that to help promote peace and understanding.


Joshua Heine
Public & Global Affairs Intern , Spring 2015, Concordia University Chicago in River Forest, Political Science and History and Spanish

Joshua Heine is an intern for the Center for Public and Global Affairs. His academic and personal interests. Josh is in the process for becoming a Service to the Armed Forces Caseworker with the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago, and plans to begin his MA in International Relations in the fall.


Maria Jose Segura
Center for Public & Global Affairs Intern , Spring 2015, Northeastern Illinois University, International Relations

Maria Jose Segura is a Center for Public & Global Affairs Intern at the Niagara Foundation. She is currently an exchange student from Spain at Northeastern Illinois University. She is a junior working towards her degree in International Relations. Maria is passionate about immersing herself in new cultures and learning languages like English, French and Arabic.


Patrick Reilly
Academic Affairs Intern, Spring 2015, University of Chicago, History and Latin America and state-sponsored scientific programs

An Academic Affairs intern, Patrick Reilly is a sophomore at the University of Chicago, originally from Wilmington, Delaware. He is majoring in History, with particular interests in Latin America and state-sponsored scientific programs. In addition to working at the Niagara Foundation, Patrick is the local Editor for The Chicago Gate, UChicago’s undergraduate political review.

FALL 2014

Adnan Dautovic
Public and Global Affairs Intern, Fall 2014, Loyola University of Chicago, International Relations with a concentration in Foreign Affairs and Diplomacy

Adnan Dautovic is a Public and Global Affairs at the Niagara Foundation. He will be graduating from Loyola University of Chicago in the Spring of 2015 with a B.A in International Relations with a concentration in Foreign Affairs and Diplomacy. He was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and immigrated to the United States, specifically Chicago, in 1995.


Ryan Lents
Interfaith Engagement intern , Fall 2014, Bernardin Scholar at Catholic Theological Union, MA in Justice Ministry

Prior to moving to Chicago, Ryan graduated with a Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture from Ball State University. Following graduation, he served on the staff of Nazareth Farm, a volunteer service program in West Virginia. This experience instilled in him a deep commitment to community, faith, and serving the common good.


Karla Saavedra Betancourt
Public & Global Affairs Intern , Fall 2014, Lake Forest College, International Relations and Legal Studies

Karla Saavedra Betancourt is a senior at Lake Forest College completing a Major in International Relations and a Minor in Legal Studies. She has lived in six different countries, three different continents and speaks two different languages.


Kathleen Ferraro
Writing & Reporting Intern, Fall 2014, Northwestern University, Cultural Anthropology, International Studies, and Global Health Studies

Kathleen is Writing and Reporting intern at Niagara Foundation. She is a senior at Northwestern University, studying Cultural Anthropology, International Studies, and Global Health Studies. After conducting research in Peru, investigating how Peruvian health organizations facilitate culturally appropriate community health interventions in rural Quechua communities.


Stanba Gyaltsan
Public and Global Affairs Intern, Fall 2014, Lake Forest College, Politics &Economics

Stanba Gyaltsan, coming from Ladakh, a small region in north India. She is currently a Junior at Lake Forest college majoring in Politics and Economics and minoring in International Relations. Prior to attending to Lake Forest College, she went to the Mahindra United World College of India, where she studied together with students from more than 70 different countries.


Maria Munoz
Academic Affairs Intern, Fall 2014, University of Illinois at Chicago, Psychology and Gender and Women Studies

Maria is a senior at the University of Illinois at Chicago studying Psychology and Gender and Women Studies. She will graduate with her Bachelors’ Degree in the Fall of 2014. She believes in the Niagara Foundation’s mission statement by including and accepting diverse perspectives and uses the basis of intersectional feminist theories in her research and studies.

SUMMER 2014

Emily Ramos
Public and Global Affairs Intern, Summer 2014, DePaul University, Sociology

She is a Global and Public Affairs intern at the Niagara Foundation. She is about to enter her senior year at DePaul University, and is majoring in sociology with a minor in communications and media.  At DePaul, Emily is involved in many organizations that reflect her interest in social justice.  


Whitney Lewis
Public and Global Affairs Intern, Summer 2014, DePaul University, International Studies

She is a Center for Public and Global Affairs Intern at the Niagara Foundation. She is currently a Senior at DePaul University majoring in International Studies with a minor Applied Psychology. She is also currently interning with MGR’s Food Circle as a program assistant addressing issues of food insecurity through a rescue and a distribution format.


Nooria Bibi
Public and Global Affairs Intern, Summer 2014, DePaul University, International Studies and Philosophy

She was born in Afghanistan, Kabul. When she was 28 years old, her husband Mutasim, who was the leader of Islamic Council of the People of Afghanistan (CPA), invited her the United States.  Since the invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, Nooria was always interested in knowing about the world and international relationship and how these relations can be either constructive or destructive.


Kristin Micek
Public and Global Affairs Intern, Spring 2014, DePaul University, Masters Candidate in Media and Cultural Studies

She is a Center for Public and Global Affairs intern at the Niagara Foundation. She is currently a Media and Cinema Studies graduate student at DePaul University. She received her bachelor’s degree from DePaul University in English with a minor in Digital Cinema.


Ryan Bisceglia
Web Design Intern, Summer 2014, Marquette University, Advertising and Corporate Communication

He is a Web Design Intern at the Niagara Foundation and is going into his senior year at Marquette University in Milwaukee. He plans on graduating this winter as a double major in Advertising and Corporate Communication with a concentration in design and planning.


Danny Davis
Writing and Reporting Intern, Summer 2014, Lawrence University, Government and Philosophy

He began his internship with Niagara in the summer of 2014 after completing his sophomore year at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. He is currently pursuing a degree in government and philosophy. Danny serves as the president of the Lawrence Interfraternity Council which promotes the interests of Lawrence Greek life through campus-wide charity events, formals, and open-to-campus social events.


Geri Michalzuk
Human Resources Intern, Summer 2014, DePaul University, Human Resources Management

She is a Human Resources intern at the Niagara Foundation. She is originally from Dearborn, Michigan, growing up surrounded by diverse culture. She will be starting her senior year at DePaul University in the fall, working towards graduating with a Bachelors degree in Management with a concentration in Human Resources, and a minor in Public Law/Political thought.


Yanelis Romero
Writing and Reporting Intern, Summer 2014, North Park University, Media Studies

she was born in Cuba and when she was nine years old her father decided to bring her to America for a better future. After high school Yanelis decided to continue her education at Triton College. During her two years at Triton, she participated as an intern at the Television and Radio Department.


Katie Stever
Interfaith Engagement Intern, Summer 2014, Hamline University, Religion and Creative Writing

she is a Center for Cultural Exchange & Interfaith Collaboration Intern at the Niagara Foundation. In the fall of 2014, she will be a senior at Hamline University majoring in religion and minoring in creative writing. Katie spends her time in Hamline’s theatre department as the scene shop manager where she builds sets for the season’s performances.


Brandon Carter
Writing and Reporting Intern, Summer 2014, DePaul University, International Studies

He was born in Detroit, Michigan and when he was about three years old his family moved to Valparaiso, Indiana. He has always had a strong interest in world history. As he learned about the world he became more interested in economics and international law. 

SPRING 2014

Hannah Ward
Writing and Reporting Intern, Spring 2014, DePaul University, English

She is a Writing and Reporting Intern at the Niagara Foundation. She is currently a junior at DePaul University, and she is majoring in English with a concentration in Literary Studies and minors in Journalism and Environmental Studies. She is a Chicago Quarter Mentor, which consists of teaching a class of Freshman college students in Chicago.


Ariana Shockley
Interfaith Engagement Intern, Spring 2014, DePaul University, International Studies

Ariana Shockley is the Center for Interfaith Engagement Spring Intern at the Niagara Foundation. She is currently a Sophomore at DePaul University double majoring in International Studies (with a concentration in women and children’s rights in post genocidal societies in Africa) and Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies with a minor in Spanish.


Trevor Harty
Center for Cultural Exchange & Interfaith Collaboration, Spring 2014, DePaul University, Anthropology

He is a social media intern at the Niagara Foundation. He is a Sophomore at Northwestern university, majoring in Psychology. During the school year he divides his time between class, producing and acting in several student-created webseries, and working as a research assistant in a social psychology lab.


Danmei Zhang
Human Resources Intern, Spring 2014, Loyola University, Masters Candidate in Human Resources

She is a Human Resources intern at Niagara Foundation. She is currently in MSHR Program at Loyola University, receiving a Master of Science in December 2014 in Human Resources Management. Danmei got her Bachelor degree of Communication in Atlanta. Her communication and interpersonal skill contributes a lot to HR field.


Paige Girardi
Center for Cultural Exchange & Interfaith Collaboration, Spring 2014, DePaul University, Anthropology

She is a Center for Cultural Exchange & Interfaith Collaboration Intern at the Niagara Foundation. She is currently a senior at DePaul University and is majoring in Anthropology with a minor in Arabic Studies. Paige spends time volunteering with Refugee One, an organization that is dedicated to the empowerment and aid of refugees in Chicago.


Lauren Messenger
Public and Global Affairs Intern, Spring 2014, Loyola University, Masters Candidate in Political Science

She is a Center for Public and Global Affairs intern at the Niagara Foundation. Currently, Lauren is a Masters student at Loyola University Chicago majoring in Political Science with a concentration in global politics, with an anticipated graduation of Spring 2015. She graduated with honors from Lewis University in May of 2013 with BA in Political Science and Philosophy of Law.


Sara Augustinas
Public and Global Affairs Intern, Spring 2014, Loyola University, political science and theatre

Sara’s passion for global affairs led to a semester abroad in the spring of 2012. While abroad she travelled throughout Europe and also participated in her university’s ten-day trip to Tunisia. Sara previously interned with the Democratic Municipal Officials, a national association of municipal leaders that acts both locally and as a liaison to the DNC.


Melissa Muth
Public and Global Affairs intern, Spring 2014, DePaul University, Communications and Media and Latin American and Latino Studies

Melissa is a Public and Global Affairs intern at Niagara Foundation. She will be graduating in November of 2014 with a double major in Communications and Media and Latin American and Latino Studies and a Spanish minor. She has worked for a variety of organizations both at her university and in the greater Chicago community.


Megan Deppen
Writing and Reporting Intern, Spring 2014, DePaul University, Journalism

Deppen is the writing and reporting intern at the Niagara Foundation. A sophomore in the DePaul University honors program, Megan is working towards her degree in journalism with a minor in history.Megan is passionate about immersing herself in new cultures and plans to study world war era history in Bonn, Germany next fall.

SUMMER 2013

Amber Staines
Center for Public and Global Affairs, Summer 2013, Miami University, International Studies and Economics

She is a Center for Public and Global Affairs Intern at the Niagara Foundation. She is currently a senior at Miami University and is majoring in International Studies and Economics with a concentration in international development. On campus, Amber is serving as the secretary of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and as a volunteer for Global Business Brigades.


Lindsey Conger
Center for Public and Global Affairs, Summer 2013, Indiana University, Journalism with a concentration on Public Relations and Radio

She is interning in the department of Public & Global Affairs at Niagara Foundation. She is a senior at Indiana University majoring in Journalism with a specialization in Public Relations and Radio and a minor in Psychology. She is also currently interning in the Marketing department at Humanitarian Service Project, who distribute groceries to impoverished seniors and children.


Stephanie Lee
Center for Public and Global Affairs, Summer 2013, Miami University, International Studies and Economics

She is Public and Global Affairs intern at Niagara Foundation. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree at Thunderbird School of Global Management. Before becoming a M.A. candidate she attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she received a B.A. in International Studies with a focus in International Law.


Corinne Stubbs
Center for Public & Global Affairs, Summer 2013, M.P.P. University of California, Los Angeles, Public Policy

Corinne Stubbs is a Public & Global Affairs intern at the Niagara Foundation. She is currently a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles Luskin School of Public Affairs. She is working towards a Master of Public Policy with a focus on international, social and environmental policy.


Gabriela Polo
Center for Public and Global Affairs, Summer 2013, DePaul University, International Studies and Economics with a concentration in Latin American Studies and a minor in Sustainability Studies

Gabriela is a Public & Global Affairs intern at Niagara Foundation. She will be graduating from DePaul University in June 2014 with a B.A. in International Studies and Economics with a concetration in Latin American Studies and a minor in Sustainability Studies. As an international student from Ecuador, Gabriela loves to travel and engage in intercultural exchanges.

SPRING 2013

Eleanor Peck
Center for Public and Global Affairs, Spring 2013, B.A. Roosevelt University, Political Science

Eleanor Peck is a Public & Global affairs intern at Niagara Foundation. She is a recent graduate of Roosevelt University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a focus in International Relations. Eleanor was selected in summer 2012 to attend the Young Atlanticist NATO Summit as a Chicago University representative.


Brendan Dowd
CENTER FOR CULTURAL EXCHANGE & INTERFAITH COLLABORATION, ’13, M.A. Catholic Theological Union, Theology with a concentration in Interreligious Dialogue

Brendan Dowd is interning in the department of cultural exchange and interfaith collaboration. He is currently finishing his MA in Theology with a concentration in Catholic-Muslim Dialogue at the Catholic Theological Union having the privilege of studying under Dr. Scott Alexander.


Vincent (Yunxiu) Deng
CENTER FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Spring 2013,M.S. Loyola University Chicago, Integrated Marketing Communications

Vincent Deng is a Social Responsibility intern at Niagara Foundation. He is currently a graduate student of business school at Loyola University of Chicago concentrated on Integrated Marketing Communications. During his undergraduate studies in Beijing, Vincent put his marketing knowledge and skill fully into practice by initiating a non-profit project.


Elizaveta Melkova
CENTER FOR PUBLIC & GLOBAL AFFAIRS, Spring 2013, Lake Forest College, International Relations

Elizaveta Melkova is a Public & Global Affairs intern at Niagara Foundation. She is currently a junior at Lake Forest College, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in May 2014 in International Relations with minors in Politics and French. Elizaveta is very passionate about travelling to foreign places, learning different languages, and experiencing new cultures.


Usma Baseer
CENTER FOR PUBLIC & GLOBAL AFFAIRS, Spring 2013, Roosevelt University, Industrial Organizational Psychology

Usma Baseer is a Public and Global Affairs intern at the Niagara Foundation. She is a senior at Roosevelt University studying Industrial and Organizational Psychology with a focus in cultural relations and integration in the workplace along with a minor in Human Resources Management.

FALL 2012

Danya Sherbini
CENTER FOR CULTURAL EXCHANGE & INTERFAITH COLLABORATION, FALL 2012, Northwestern University, History, Concentration in Asia & Middle East

Danya Sherbini is a Cultural Exchange & Interfaith Collaboration intern at Niagara Foundation. She is a junior at Northwestern University studying history, with a regional focus on Asia and the Middle East. This past summer she received a research grant from the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences to explore the theme of Turkish identity though the lens of Turkish literature.


Jeannette Papalotti
CENTER FOR PUBLIC & GLOBAL AFFAIRS, FALL 2012, B.A. DePaul University, International Studies and Journalism

Jeannette Papalotti is a Public & Global Affairs intern at Niagara Foundation. She is a recent graduate of DePaul University, receiving her B.A in International Studies with a concentration in Social Justice and Ethnic Conflict and a minor in Journalism.


Swapna Pisipati
CENTER FOR PUBLIC & GLOBAL AFFAIRS, FALL 2012,M.A. DePaul University, International Studies, Middle Eastern Affairs

Swapna Pisipati is a Public & Global Affairs intern at Niagara Foundation. She is currently a Graduate student at DePaul University studying International Studies with a concentration in Middle Eastern Affairs. During her undergraduate career at the University of Illinois at Chicago, she was the Secretary of UIC Model United Nations and campaigned for the Obama Administration in 2008.

SUMMER 2012

Tom Willmot
CENTER FOR PUBLIC & GLOBAL AFFAIRS, SUMMER 2012, Illinois State University, History and Political Science

Tom Willmot is a Public & Global Affairs intern at Niagara Foundation. He is currently a senior at Illinois State University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in May 2013 in History and Political Science with a minor in Middle Eastern and South East Asian studies. Tom has focused academically and professionally on International Relations and Political Economy.

SPRING 2012

Joseph Ruttenberg
Center for Public and Global Affairs, Spring 2012, M.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Political Science, Civic Leadership

Joseph is currently a graduate student at the university of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Civic Leadership Program. He is currently serving as the External Affairs Officer of the Civic Leadership Program and Graduate Resident Advisor of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. During his undergraduate studies, Joseph majored in Political Science and minored in Sociology.


Eric P. Hunt
INTERFAITH LUNCHEON FORUMS AND INTERCULTURAL TRIPS 2007, B.A. Aurora University, History and Religious Studies

Eric P. Hunt is currently a middle school teacher of History and Religious Studies in the suburbs of Chicago. He also coaches high school soccer and wrestling. Eric was an early intern for Niagara Foundation before they moved to their beautiful new location on Michigan Avenue. He served as the Interfaith Luncheon Forums Intern as well as the Intercultural Trips Intern from 2007-2008.

Niagara Foundation is proud to present its Annual Intern Reception to show gratitude to its past and present interns, who have served and contributed greatly to its mission.

We are overwhelmed with the dedication, professionalism and work the interns have done.

To register via email, please contact Hadis Fetic at hadis@niagarafoundation.org

Finger food will be provided.

Deadline to Register
August 1, 2015.

Location
205 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL suite 4240

Date & Time
August 12, 2015
6:00 P.M – 8:00 P.M