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Doing Business, Doing Development: Edmund S. Muskie Intern Discusses Summer Internship at the World Bank

The World Bank Group estimates that the coronavirus pandemic could push as many as 60 million people into extreme poverty. The pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of our lives, and its impact on the developing world lays bare the urgent need to eliminate global poverty through sustainable development. Rinat Kapev, a 2020 Edmund S. Muskie Intern from Russia, spent his summer interning with the World Bank, helping the organization achieve its goals of reducing extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity. In this Q&A, Rinat tells us about his summer internship and his passion for international development. Tell us about…

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Edmund S. Muskie Intern Helps Host University Prepare for the “New Normal”

The coronavirus pandemic drastically altered Fulbright Scholar and 2020 Edmund S. Muskie Intern Xeniya Volkova’s summer plans, but she has made the best of the “new normal.” Originally from Kazakhstan, Xeniya is earning her master’s degree in Educational Technology at Lehigh University. Lehigh is also hosting her for a summer internship, where she is helping design online courses and trainings for the upcoming academic year. In this Q&A, Xeniya shares insights about her summer experience and how she made the most of her internship during the pandemic.

Alumni Profile: Lela Akiashvili ’18 – From #MuskieIntern to Human Rights Leader

She now runs intricate multi-component programs at the Georgian Human Rights Secretariat, but Lela Akiashvili’s first project at the age of eight was to take care of her siblings. While other kids her age watched cartoons and played games, Lela learned valuable lessons of compassion and care by supporting her siblings while their parents were away. It’s not surprising that she grew up to be kind and caring, developing a career working on establishing and managing social justice and equality programs for Georgian women and children. From learning life lessons with her siblings, to starting a nonprofit human rights organization…

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How My Muskie Internship Helped Revive My Hope in Journalism

The Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program is now accepting applications for its 2020 class. Visit culturalvistas.org/muskie to learn more and apply. Fake news and disinformation are the direct results of media outlets racing to be the first to report the news. At the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism (aka Wisconsin Watch) where I interned as a media fellow this summer—quality over quantity is the only answer. My internship as a participant of the Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program gave me insight into possible solutions to some of the industry’s biggest challenges.

Supporting Global Human Rights as a Muskie Intern in the U.S.

“I’ve got my visa, I’m coming!” Ying Xin texted me in the middle of the night. Ying is an LGBTIQ rights activist from China participating in Columbia University’s 2019 Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP). As an HRAP participant, she will soon be coming to New York City for four months to attend graduate classes at Columbia University, meet with international human rights organizations, and develop future partnerships that could help her in advancing LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, intersex and queer/questioning) rights in China. As happy as Ying was to receive her visa, I was even more excited for her…

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