Current Interns

Brianna Larson
UNAR Intern
Brianna Larson is a recent graduate from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Brianna double majored in International and Global Studies and Political Science, with a concentration in global peace and conflict studies. She enjoys travelling and has taught English abroad in rural Gujarat, India and, most recently, returned from backpacking through Turkey and Egypt. She hopes to one day pursue a graduate degree in either law or intelligence studies. As a UNAR intern, Brianna is working on research and writing projects, as well as helping with conference planning.
Fathima Qureshi
UNAR Office Executive Assistant
Fathima Qureshi is a recent graduate from SUNY Geneseo. She double majored in English Literature and International Relations, with a concentration in the Developing World. Fathima is a former intern to UNAR and spent her time volunteering at the Catholic Family Center and teaching English classes at the Maplewood Community Library. Fathima also studied abroad in Ireland during the Summer of 2015 and hopes to travel and see more of the world in the future. As the UNAR Office Executive Assistant, she hopes to guide current and future interns to the best of her abilities so that they are ensured to have an enriching, worthwhile experience.
Qadar Aweis
UNAR Intern
Qadar Aweis is a senior at SUNY Geneseo, studying Political Science with a minor in Chemistry. He came to the United States early in his life as a refugee from Somalia and spends much of his time aiding other refugees in their transition to American life. Through UNAR, Qadar works with immigrant students of all age groups at the Rochester International Academy. Since 2015, he also works as a Somali interpreter and translator at Catholic Family Center. Qadar has experienced first hand the difficulties that civilians endure as a result of war and instability, thus, he plans to dedicate himself to finding solutions for better overcoming those difficulties and preventing them in the first place.
Ialeana Bodden
UNAR Intern
Ialeana Bodden is currently a senior International Studies Major and Legal Studies Major at St. John Fisher College. She is the Vice President of Activities on her college's Student Government Association. She also holds positions on the Student Activities Board and Senate at St. John Fisher College. Ialeana spent 4 months living in Granada, Spain and traveling Europe. She is also a peer mentor to three freshman through the Higher Education Opportunities Program. At UNAR Ialeana is working with the Catholic Family Center in Rochester. She will be helping refugees adjust and learn about American culture and life. Ialeana hopes to go to Law School where she will earn her J.D in Human Rights on International Law and then earn her LLM. She then would like to pursue a career in Immigration Law and then work for the United Nations in New York City.
Taylin Bower
UNAR Intern
Taylin is a senior at SUNY Geneseo majoring in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. She has a strong interest in International Education and would like to concentrate on that while pursuing International Human Rights Law. She is interested in refugees and forced migration which is beneficial to her internship at Rochester International Academy. She is a member of the International Pre Law Fraternity Phi Alpha Delta and Geneseo’s Students Against Social Injustice and will read anything she can get her hands on. She spent last semester studying at Florence University of the Arts in Florence, Italy. She hopes to travel more after graduation learning more cultures and languages before attending graduate school.
Julia Cummings
UNAR Intern
Julia Cummings is a senior at SUNY Geneseo studying business administration and legal studies. Julia has a strong interest in human rights, civil rights, and women’s rights, and would like to fight for these rights in her future by pursuing a career in law. Through UNAR, she is currently working with Catholic Family Center in Rochester to assist refugees and immigrants in their transition to life in the United States. Julia has a passion for learning about and appreciating other cultures, and would love to help spread this enthusiasm to others around her.
Julia Lawrence
UNAR Intern
Julia Lawrence is a Senior at SUNY Brockport, double majoring in Africa African-American Studies, and International Studies, as well as a minor in Political Science. Julia is concentrating on the Middle East and North Africa, and studies Arabic. In the spring of 2016, she spent five months studying Arabic in Morocco, and is excited to put her knowledge of Arabic into practical use through her work with refugees at the Rochester International Academy this semester. In addition to her internship at the UNAR, Julia is a member of Alpha Chi National Honor Society, EuroSim, and Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society of the United States. Following graduation in May, she plans on pursuing a Master’s in Advanced Arabic, and a Master’s in Terrorism and Security in the United Kingdom. In the future, Julia hopes to work toward solving terrorism, either through the US Government or an international organization.
Gabrielle Rockwell
UNAR Intern
Gabrielle Rockwell is a senior at Nazareth College with a double major of International Studies and Italian. During her three years at Nazareth, Gabby has studied abroad in Pescara, Italy and learned a total of 7 languages including Arabic, Turkish, Russian, Spanish, and Chinese. She uses these language skills daily while interning at the UNAR with Rochester International Academy. Here, Gabby works with children of various English-speaking abilities on a one-to-one level to help them better comprehend what they are learning in class and make them feel more comfortable in their new environments. Post graduation, Gabrielle hopes to use her linguistic and culture skills to help run an NGO focused on sharing and encouraging the importance of recognizing one's culture in everyday life.
Carol Sanchez
UNAR Intern
Carol Sanchez is a senior studying political science at SUNY Geneseo. She is interested in international affairs and hopes to work for the UN endorsing peace and providing help and assistance in conflict-stricken countries. Outside of the UNAR she enjoys singing, playing instruments and reading. She is in two acapella groups at Geneseo and enjoys performing and creating music. She hopes to travel to different countries following her graduation in May of 2017 and hopes to attend law school in the following year.
Sharfuz Shifat
UNAR Intern
Sharfuz is an international student from Bangladesh and a sophomore at the University of Rochester aspiring to do a double major in Financial Economics and Computer Science. Since high school he has been an active member of his community and worked with some of the leading youth organizations in Bangladesh on various social projects to create a positive impact in his country. He fell in love with Model UN since his very first conference and travelled internationally participating in many prestigious conferences. He credits his involvement in Model UN to be an important part of his life as it made him immensely grow as a person. In college he is an E-Board member of the URMUN club and actively involved in UR Residential life department, the debate club and his fraternity, Chi Phi. He is passionate about both social entrepreneurship and technology and aspires to combine these two and have his own venture one day that will create a positive impact in the community.
Kimberly Smith
UNAR Intern
Kimi Smith is a senior at SUNY Geneseo, studying Spanish and childhood education, with a secondary certification in special education. She is the vice president of the Spanish Club and is involved in Geneseo’s chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Kimi spent the spring semester of 2016 studying abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica, where she had an internship in an elementary school. She is looking forward to learning about teaching English as a foreign language while serving at the Rochester International Academy this semester. In the future, Kimi hopes to study bilingual education or TESOL and to return to Latin America to teach.