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Marco Ferrario

Department of Internship: Office of the Coordinator
Duration of Internship: 6 Months
Educational Background: Master’s degree in Environmental and Land Planning Engineering, specializing in “Natural Resource Management”.
Reason for Choosing a UNEP/CEP Internship: Since my background was more related to technical issues, with this internship I wanted to bridge the gap between data-gathering and policy implementation. Moreover, it will be a good opportunity to gain experience in an IGO as UNEP and to better understand how trans-boundary environmental issues and politics work at the regional level.
Plans after Internship: To continue to work in an IGO in the areas of sustainable development and climate change.  I am planning to obtain some hands-on experience in NGOs as a volunteer in Latin America as well.


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Giacomo Udugbor

Department of Internship: Office of the Coordinator
Duration of Internship: 3 Months
Educational Background: Master’s degree in Cooperation and Development Studies, University of Rome “Sapienza”.
Reason for Choosing a UNEP/CEP Internship: It aligns well with my career goals. My experiences made me realize I would love to work on development projects that have an environmental impact, and I was drawn to the Cartagena Convention as it adopts an integrated, cooperative, and regional approach working in partnership with all the stakeholders. 
Plans after Internship: Working in an international organization and being part of a team involved in working on developing projects and policies on environmental and social issues.


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Jessica Rudd

Department of Internship: SPAW
Duration of Internship: 3 Months
Educational Background: BSc (Hons) Zoology with Study Abroad from the University of Exeter (UK). Currently pursuing a Masters by Research (MRes) in Marine Biology from the University of Exeter (UK).
Reason for Choosing a UNEP/CEP Internship: My background has essentially been field based in marine and environmental research, therefore I wanted to expand my knowledge on how data collected in the field is then used to implement policy and aid conservation from a national to International level. Since my previous experience has mostly been based within the Caribbean, the SPAW internship within UN Environment CEP would provide me with valuable insight into the regional context of my own research and how information is exchanged between countries to achieve marine conservation and the sustainable use of coastal ecosystems.  
Plans after Internship: I plan on finishing my MRes and pursuing a research career where I can apply my policy and field skills to an ecosystem based approach to marine conservation.



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Iris Albulet

Department of Internship: CETA
Duration of Internship: 3 Months
Educational Background: Bachelor of Communications Studies (Major) and Middle Eastern Studies (Minor) at the University of Tuebingen.
Reason for Choosing a UNEP/CEP Internship: Working within CETA offers me a great opportunity to gain practical experience in terms of strategic communication, information design, marketing and public relations. Also, being a part of the United Nations I can gain greater insight on how programmes of the UN work and engage with each other. By being a part of UN Environment and its CEP office I also get the chance to tackle environmental issues and therefore contribute to a cleaner and healthier tomorrow.  
Plans after Internship: I plan to pursue a master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Management or similar and after that work in an IGO or a ministry concerned with international relations and peace work.


Jessica Stabile

Jessica C. Stabile

Department of Internship: SPAW
Duration of Internship: 3 Months
Educational Background: Currently pursuing MS degree in Management and Conservation of Species in International Trade.  Previous degrees include BS in Biology, MA in Development Studies, JD in Law, Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution, and LLM in Environmental Law.          
Reason for Choosing a UNEP/CEP Internship: I had been working for several years but then recently decided to return to being a full-time student in a master’s degree program.  That change also allowed me to become eligible for a UN internship, so I wanted to pursue that opportunity while it was available.  I believe deeply in the mission of the United Nations and that of UNEP in particular.  My primary interest lies in international environmental law, specifically biodiversity-related treaties.  I had previously worked in different capacities relating to marine and coastal conservation and sustainable development in various island settings, and wanted to find a way to merge those interests with that of MEAs at the international and regional level.  The SPAW internship at UNEP-CEP was therefore a perfect fit for my interests, and so I was thrilled to be offered the intern position and hope that I can be of useful service! 
Plans after Internship: Most immediately, I plan to complete my master’s degree.  Following that, my future long-term plans are uncertain.  I will either apply for another intern position with an IGO or NGO or else return to school for further graduate studies and then seek a job.


Andrew Hollander

Department of Internship: SPAW
Duration of Internship: 3 Months
Educational Background: BSc. (Hons) Biology from the University of Manchester
Reason for Choosing a UNEP/CEP Internship: To get an insight into the inner-workings of an intergovernmental organization and to develop practical skills I can apply to my future career.
Plans after Internship: Undertake a master's degree in climate change/energy resources and work for an NGO or governmental agency in this particular field.


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Helene Hoffmann

Department of Internship: SPAW
Duration of Internship: 3 Months
Educational Background: BSc. in Oceanography from the University of Southampton (UK) and MSc. in Marine Resource Development and Protection from Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh (UK).
Reason for Choosing a UNEP/CEP Internship: to gain an insight into UNEP CAR/RCU activities related to supporting collaboration and information exchange between countries in the Caribbean Region for improved marine policy and conservation and in particular the designation and management of Marine Protected Areas.
Plans after Internship: To continue to work in the field of marine biodiversity conservation and sustainable marine resource use.


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Lowine Hill

Department of Internship: AMEP
Duration of Internship: 5 Months
Educational Background: I have a BSc. in Ecology from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), in Montreal, Canada; an MRes. in Marine Ecology  and Environmental Management from the University of Glasgow, UK and more recently, I have obtained an MSc. in Integrated Water Resources Management from McGill University also in Montreal, Canada.
Reason for Choosing a UNEP/CEP Internship: Being from the Caribbean, I wanted to learn what and how marine resources management programmes are being implemented in the region. It is also a great opportunity to learn and contribute to these programmes as well as gain a better understanding of decision and policy making at the intergovernmental level.
Plans after Internship: I really hope to work with SIDS to implement community-based marine protection programmes but also obtain some hands-on experience in NGOs or as a volunteer. Maybe ultimately pursue a PhD in coastal disasters management.



Charlotte-May Mondoux-Fournier

Department of Internship: CETA
Duration of Internship: 3.5 Months
Educational Background: Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies and Political Science at Concordia University (Montréal, Canada)
Reason for Choosing a UNEP/CEP Internship: Gaining a better understanding of transboundary environmental issues and politics while familiarizing myself with the operating culture of an IGO.
Plans after Internship: Pursue my work as a Communications Officer for a local environmental NGO based in Montréal, start a Certificate in Journalism and apply for Masters programmes in Environmental Affairs.


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JodyKay Maxwell

Department of Internship: AMEP 
Duration of Internship: 5 Months
Educational Background: Recently completed an M.Phil. in Engineering for Sustainable Development at the University of Cambridge. 
Reason for Choosing a UNEP/CEP Internship: To gain experience at an international environmental agency in an area which I hope to pursue my career. 
Plans after Internship: To work in a similar organization particularly in the areas of sustainable development, climate change and/or energy or to pursue the MPA/ID or MPP/IGA at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


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Amanda Chin

Department of Internship: SPAW 
Duration of Internship: 5 Months
Educational Background: BSc. Marine Biology and Zoology; currently pursuing a MSc. in Natural Resource Management with a specialization in Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Reason for Choosing a UNEP/CEP Internship: To gain the invaluable experience of working for an international environmental agency.
Plans after Internship: To start a career in environmental conservation and work towards improving local environmental management practices and policies.


Emily Franc

Emily Franc

Department of Internship: AMEP 
Duration of Internship: 5 Months
Educational Background: Pursuing MS. in Environmental Sciences and Policy at Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC
Reason for Choosing a UNEP/CEP Internship: I have been researching and studying marine issues relevant to the Caribbean for the past two years. This is a wonderful opportunity to receive hands-on experience in the region on issues related to land/ocean connections and protection of our marine environment. I hope to gain a greater insight and understanding of the unique challenges faced by SIDS, not only of self-governance, but the statesmanship required to navigate the interdependent demands of preserving shared living marine resources. It is an honour to be selected for this opportunity with UNEP/CEP.
Plans after Internship: I plan to complete my master’s degree and seek a position with an international organization where I may utilize my policy background and environment experience to improve the health of our ocean. 


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Melissa Vogeley

Department of Internship: AMEP/CETA 
Duration of Internship: 3 Months
Educational Background: Event Specialist in Business & Administration (IHK), BA (Hons) in International Tourism Management from London Metropolitan University, Mediator (OCR), currently pursuing a MSc in Development Studies with a focus on political ecology at SOAS of London
Reason for Choosing a UNEP/CEP Internship: As Small Island Developing States in the Wider Caribbean Region, UNEP/CEP is the only programme that holistically looks at regional and collaborative strategies to engage all stakeholders for improvements in natural resource conservation. I see this placement as a great opportunity to learn and contribute to AMEP and CETA as well as gain a better understanding of environmental policies development from the perspective of an international institution.
Plans after Internship: After completing my Masters, I’m aiming to target activities of the private sector in tourism and destinations by integrating more accountability and transparency into organisational practices; in particular the interaction of economic and environmental aspects with reference to social justice.


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Victoria Paykar

Department of Internship: SPAW 
Duration of Internship: 3 Months, June - September 2014
Educational Background: International Relations, Anthropology and Environmental Policy
Reason for Choosing a UNEP/CEP Internship: I wanted to experience work at an intergovernmental organization that helps protect the environment.
Plans after Internship: Work in a public or private sector organization that helps protect the environment in the field of conservation, sustainability, or renewable energy development.


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Giorgio Dimastrogiovanni 

Department of Internship: AMEP 
Duration of Internship: 4 months
Educational Background: Master’s Degree in Chemistry & Pharmaceutical Technologies; 2nd level Master’s Degree in Integrative Physiology; currently pursuing a PhD in Environmental & Aquatic Toxicology (University of Barcelona)
Reason for Choosing a UNEP/CEP Internship: I think it will be a great opportunity to gain experience at an international organization as the UNEP, and to better understand the marine environmental issues of the Caribbean region 
Plans after Internship: return to Barcelona to complete my PhD studies, and then try to work in the environmental management field


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Larytha Fletcher

Department of Internship: SPAW
Duration of Internship: 3 months
Educational Background: B.Sc. in Applied Environmental Geography;currently completing M.Sc. in Urban and Regional Planning
Reason for Choosing a UNEP/CEP Internship: To gain experience working in an environmental agency and to also personally validate my desire to work in this field in the future
Plans After Internship: To find a permanent job with an environmental protection/management emphasis


Andrew Schwieder

Andrew Schwieder

Department of Internship: SPAW
Duration of Internship: 3 months
Educational Background: BA International Relations
Reason for Choosing a UNEP/CEP Internship: I have always wanted to spend time in Jamaica and I have a great interest in studying the Caribbean Environment.
Plans After Internship: Finish my degree at William and Mary.


Lacey Dannenberg

Lacey Dannenberg

Department of Internship: AMEP
Duration of Internship: 3 months
Educational Background: Graduate student at the School of Environmental and Public Affairs (SPEA). B.S. in International Studies and Sociology from Loyola University Chicago.
Reason for Choosing a UNEP/CEP Internship: I thought it would be a great way to gain experience at an international organization while working on a topic that is important to me.  
Plans After Internship: I plan to finish up my last year of graduate school.  After I graduate from SPEA I hope to find a career that relates to community development.


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Katelyn Busse

Department of Internship: AMEP
Duration of Internship: May 5 - August 5
Educational Background: Bachelors Degree in Environmental Management
Reason for Choosing a UNEP/CEP Internship: I chose this internship because working with the United Nations Environment Programme will provide me with invaluable experience in the field that I am very passionate about. I admire UNEP’s accomplishments and what they have done for the environment. I look forward to learning how intergovernmental programs work and how they successfully bring about change.
Plans After Internship: I plan to travel and rock climb for an extended period of time before returning  to Indiana University to obtain my Masters Degree in Environmental Science and Public Affairs.


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Nicolette Jones

Department of Internship: CETA 
Duration of Internship: 3 months
Educational Background: B.A. (Hons.) Media and Communication; currently pursuing an M.A. in Communication for Social and Behaviour Change.
Reason for Choosing a UNEP/CEP Internship: Jamaica and the region in general needs to place more emphasis on environmental education, especially in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, and I wanted a hands-on experience working in this field to match up with the theoretical content presented in class. 
Plans After Internship: : Finish the Master’s programme and work with an organization that will promote socio-economic or environmental policy reform in the island and/or region.


Jeffery Meek

Jeffrey Meek

Department of Internship: AMEP
Duration of Internship: 3 Months (May through early August)
Educational Background: Currently earning a dual masters degree in Public Affairs and Environmental Science at Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, where I am focusing my studies on sustainability and environmental toxicology. I earned my Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences and Psychology, with a minor in environmental science, from Carnegie Mellon University.
Reason for Choosing a UNEP/CEP Internship: I am interested in pursuing a career in international environmental affairs, either working for the UNEP directly or with it through partner NGOs. I hope that working as a UNEP- CEP intern will provide me with the skills and network necessary to realize this goal. 
Plans After Internship: : I will return to school to finish my degrees, and then get a job in international environmental affairs or consulting. 


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Alberto Corti

Department of Internship: AMEP
Duration of Internship: 3 months
Educational Background: B.A. in International Studies; currently pursuing M.sc. in Sustainable Development.
In the pursuing of my B.A. I learned about the structure and the functioning of the UN; this internship gives me the opportunity to see how the organization functions from an internal perspective.
Plans after Internship: 
Work with international organizations, preferably in the field of energy.


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Randal McKoy

Department of Internship: CETA
Duration of Internship: 3 months
Educational Background: MA Sustainable Development
Reason for Choosing a UNEP/CEP Internship: To gain experience in climate issues facing the Caribbean Plans after Internship: Work as an advocate for Sustainable Development.


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Swati Garg

Department of Internship: AMEP - Through the Planning Institute of Jamaica
Duration of Internship: 3 months
Educational Background: Currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Affairs with a concentration in Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management. I have a BA in Information technology.
Reason for Choosing a UNEP/CEP Internship: The internship aligns well with my career goals. I like to work and interact with communities and to contribute in providing solutions to their issues. Being in Jamaica, the internship also offers a great opportunity to experience a new culture and to better understand the environmental issues of a Small Island Developing State (SIDS). 
Plans After Internship: : I plan to go back to United States to complete my Master’s degree and look for job opportunities with international think tanks/organizations like World Bank, United Nations, World Resources Institute. My long term goal is to go back to my home country, India and to make a significant contribution in solving environmental issues.


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Mariam Wahbi Hernandez

Department of Internship: CETA
Duration of Internship: 3 months
Educational Background: Currently majoring in International Relations with minors in Political Science and Philosophy
Reason for Choosing a UNEP/CEP Internship: To gain relevant work experience in the sustainable development field


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Kathleen Nazareth

Department of Internship: GEF SGP
Duration of Internship: 3 months
Educational Background: Attained my Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs (BSPA) degree. Currently pursuing a dual Master’s degree in Public Affairs and Environmental Science.
Reason for Choosing a UNEP/CEP Internship: I thought it would be a wonderful experience. An internship abroad to help me better understand what I am studying, and apply what I have learnt.
Plans After Internship: To complete my Master’s degree and work with Water Resources.


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Gregory Charles Lohrke

Department of Internship: AMEP
Duration of Internship: May 14 – August 10, 2012
Educational Background: B.Sc. Geosciences; B.A. Chemistry. Currently pursuing MSc Environmental Science
Reason for Choosing a UNEP/CEP Internship: Interest in international water resource management.
Plans After Internship: Complete 2 year term as Peace Corps volunteer; finish Master’s program.


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Gabrielle Swaby

Department of Internship: SPAW
Duration of Internship: 3 months
Educational Background: BS in Environmental Studies; BA in French
Reason for Choosing a UNEP/CEP Internship: To learn more about international policy implementation as well as the inner-workings of a United Nations agency
Plans After Internship: Begin my MSc programme in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy at the University of Oxford


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Rebecca Stuart

Department of Internship: AMEP/ CETA
Duration of Internship: 6 months
Educational Background: BA in International Affairs
Reason for Choosing a UNEP/CEP Internship: to add relevant work experience to my resume 
Plans After Internship: To get my masters in Public Policy


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Anja Moulton

Department of Internship: CETA
Duration of Internship: 3 Months
Educational Background: BA in International Affairs
Reason for Choosing a UNEP/CEP Internship: to add relevant work experience to my resume 
Plans After Internship: To get my masters in Development Studies


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Khian Lamey

Department of Internship: AMEP
Duration of Internship: 3 months 
Educational Background: Bachelors of Law 
Reason for Choosing a UNEP/CEP Internship: To gain experience in working in an Environmental International Organization
Plans After Internship: To work as an Environmental Lawyer


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Soizic Brohan

Department of Internship: SPAW
Duration of Internship: 3 months
Educational Background: BA in Law, Political and History. Currently working for her masters in International Cooperation
Reason for Choosing a UNEP/CEP Internship: To gain experience in working in an English speaking international organization