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CAPI's 2019 interns during their pre-departure orientation, April 2019

Background

Since 2003, CAPI's Internship Program has funded more than 150 Canadian students and graduates to complete international internship placements with partners across the Asia-Pacific region. Some of them have gone on to complete graduate work, or have returned to the region to work, and many of our former interns remain engaged with the Centre through our alumni and peer mentorship initiatives, research opportunities, and CAPI events and projects.


 

CAPI 2019 interns and outgoing scholar


Kaylin Arason

Kaylin Arason

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  • Hometown: 
    Peachland, BC
  • UVic department of study: 
    Political Science and Gender Studies
  • Internship host organization:
    Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women
  • Country: 
    Thailand
  • Internship duration: 
    May-November 2019

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Kaylin is in her fourth year, working towards a double major in political science and gender studies. The interdisciplinary nature of her education has inspired a broad range of interests, including the complexities of labour, gender, race, and migration. Kaylin will be travelling to Bangkok to work with GAATW, an alliance of NGOs with a human rights approach to their anti-trafficking and migrant rights work. As a mixed-race woman whose mother immigrated to Canada from the Philippines, Kaylin is eager to deepen her personal relationship with these topics but also develop a more nuanced understanding of globalization in relation to migration. She is grateful to CAPI for the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in her prospective field and immerse herself in an unfamiliar but rich cultural space. 


Haley Dwyer

Hayley Dwyer

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  • Hometown: 
    Victoria, BC
  • UVic department of study: 
    Social Work
  • Internship host organization:
    Malaysian Social Research Institute
  • Country: 
    Malaysia
  • Internship duration: 
    May-November 2019

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Hayley is completing her bachelor’s degree in social work at the University of Victoria. She is born and raised in the lower mainland and has spent many years navigating life in the global south. She has an interest in transnational migration with a particular focus on the mental and physical health of migrants. She feels passionate about seeking knowledge of the lived struggles, experiences and resilience of women, families, and communities. She is committed to breaking down stigma and barriers that prevent marginalized voices from being heard. She is very excited to be a part of this cross-cultural learning experience with MSRI and honoured to have this opportunity from CAPI. 


Meghan Flood

Meghan Flood

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  • Hometown: 
    Burnaby, BC
  • UVic department of study: 
    Geography, Professional Communications
  • Internship host organization:
    CITYNET Yokohama
  • Country: 
    Japan
  • Internship duration: 
    September-December 2019

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Meghan is a fifth-year Geography and Professional Communications student, concentrating in Environment and Sustainability. She has a keen interest in sustainable urban development and how forms of communication and media can be used as a translation of knowledge from scientist to citizen. She is additionally interested in the intersectionality of arts, activism, and environment in digital media, and how this impacts social and spatial patterns within cities. Meghan is looking forward to gaining international work experience with CITYNET Yokohama and is excited for the lived-experiences which will bring her a deeper understanding of the barriers to sustainability Asian cities are facing. Meghan is incredibly grateful to CAPI for this opportunity which brings her interests, passions, and career goals together for an invaluable capstone experience.


Tracy Hampton

Tracy Hampton

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  • Hometown: 
    Grimshaw, Alberta
  • UVic department of study: 
    Sociology and Political Science
  • Internship host organization:
    Malaysian Social Research Institute
  • Country: 
    Malaysia
  • Internship duration: 
    May-November 2019

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Tracy is in her third year studying Political Science and Sociology at the University of Victoria. She is interested in studying racialization, migration and economic inequality. She will be spending time in Malaysia working and learning with the Malaysian Social Research Institute. Tracy is extremely grateful for the opportunity provided to her through CAPI and the Queen Elizabeth Scholars programs.


Taylor Josephy

Taylor Josephy

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  • Hometown: 
    Quesnel, BC
  • UVic department of study: 
    Earth & Ocean Sciences, Envir. Restoration (diploma)
  • Internship host organization:
    The SAM Project
  • Country: 
    Zambia
  • Internship duration: 
    June-August 2019

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Taylor is in his final year of a BSc in Earth Science and a diploma in environmental restoration with the University of Victoria. He is interested in the interactions between land-use, hydrology, and poverty in rural sub-Saharan Africa and will be returning to Zambia to help with The SAM Project’s rural water development programs. Taylor will be working alongside SAM, the local tribal leadership, various government offices, and rural communities to inspect the feasibility of diversifying Zambia’s rainwater harvesting strategies to improve food and water security in drought-prone areas. He is looking forward to strengthening old relationships and forming new ones, and he is extremely grateful to the CAPI program for the opportunity to do so.


Jemma Kosalko

Jemma Kosalko

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  • Hometown: 
    Smithers, BC
  • UVic department of study: 
    Political Science, Intercultural Education (diploma)
  • Internship host organization:
    Center for Indonesian Policy Studies
  • Country: 
    Indonesia
  • Internship duration: 
    May-November 2019

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Jemma is currently in her third year pursuing a BA in Political Science alongside a Diploma in Intercultural Education. She is interested in International Relations, specifically migration, sustainable development. In addition, the impacts of globalization - looking at social justice and the interactions amongst cultures through this. Jemma is thrilled to be working with the Centre for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) in Jarkarta, Indonesia and looks forward to collaborating with the team and understanding the effects of politics through policy and building on this through experiential learning. She is eager to explore the influence of political think-tanks in social and economic reform and grateful to CAPI and CIPS this opportunity and their support!


Olive Li

Olvie Li

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  • Hometown: 
    Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • UVic department of study: 
    Master's student, Social Dimensions of Health
  • Internship host organization:
    Society for Participatory Research in Asia
  • Country: 
    India
  • Internship duration: 
    May-November 2019

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Olvie is currently working on her master’s thesis in the Social Dimensions of Health program at the University of Victoria. Her research interests are focused on the self-determination of Indigenous youth in sexuality and healthy relationships within the resurgence of traditional land, language, and nationhood. Professionally, she is a Community Health Nurse working primarily within remote Indigenous communities. Born and raised in Ontario with a love of food, culture, languages, travelling, and the outdoors (Vancouver Island is growing on her!), Olvie is excited to be a CAPI intern this year and join PRIA in learning more about community capacity building and participatory action research in health advocacy, education, and promotion. She thanks CAPI for this incredible opportunity and knows it will challenge and change her in ways unimaginable!


Jess MacIver

Jess MacIver

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  • Hometown: 
    North Vancouver, BC
  • UVic department of study: 
    Anthropology and Philosophy
  • Internship host organization:
    Ukulapha Community Outreach Project
  • Country: 
    South Africa
  • Internship duration: 
    May-November 2019

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Jess MacIver is a fifth-year student at UVic, getting her double major in Anthropology & Archaeology and Religious Philosophy. She has worked with children for 9 years, resulting in a focus on early childhood learning, collaborative learning, and empowerment through education. For her internship, she will be working with Ukulapha and be heading to Slangspruit, a small township in South Africa. Here she will be working in the elementary school, assisting in the classroom as well as leading summer camps for the young girls during school break. Jess is incredibly grateful to CAPI and QES for this chance to really engage with not only the youth, but the community as a whole, and to further her education in this amazing way.


Ariana Maragh

Ariana Maragh

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  • Hometown: 
    Victoria, BC
  • UVic department of study: 
    Social Work
  • Internship host organization:
    Ukulapha Community Outreach Project
  • Country: 
    South Africa
  • Internship duration: 
    May-November 2019

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Ariana is a fourth year Social Work student with a focus on child welfare and child protection. She is thrilled and grateful to receive the opportunity to be working with Ukulapha Community Outreach Project in South Africa. Ariana currently works with children and teens of various demographics and is excited to translate this into her work at Slangspruit Primary School. She is passionate about social justice and advocating for marginalized demographics. She believes expanding your lens and recognizing your own positionality truly fosters empathy and growth. She is excited for this life experience that will point her in many unknown directions.


Maeve Milligan

Maeve Milligan

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  • Hometown: 
    Campbell River, BC
  • UVic department of study: 
    Pacific and Asian Studies
  • Internship host organization:
    Center for Indonesian Policy Studies
  • Country: 
    Indonesia
  • Internship duration: 
    May-November 2019

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Maeve is in her fourth year of a degree in Pacific and Asian Studies at UVic. She is passionate about food and photography and is excited to start a six-month internship with CIPS (Center for Indonesian Policy Studies) in Jakarta, Indonesia. Maeve is interested in how policy affects local communities and is looking forward to exploring this relationship with CIPS. She is very grateful to CAPI for providing this great opportunity to broaden her horizons and hopes that her experience will put her in a good place to start a Masters in International Development.


Selina Powszedny

Selina Powszedny

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  • Hometown: 
    Squamish, BC
  • UVic department of study: 
    Environmental Studies and Geography
  • Internship host organization:
    Malaysian Social Research Institute
  • Country: 
    Malaysia
  • Internship duration: 
    May-November 2019

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Selina is studying Environmental Studies and Geography at the University of Victoria, and is excited to work with MSRI! Selina is interested in holistic sustainability, especially in urban settings. Her passion for sustainability, and therefore social justice, led her to becoming a CAPI intern, and she is looking forward to being an intern with MSRI in Kuala Lumpur. Additionally, Selina is excited to be able to experience living in a place that is drastically different geographically and culturally.


Luisa Schwarz

Luisa Schwarz

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  • Hometown: 
    Fredericton, NB
  • UVic department of study: 
    Geography and Enivronmental Studies
  • Internship host organization:
    Karenni Social Development Centre
  • Country: 
    Thailand
  • Internship duration: 
    June-December 2019

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Luisa is in her fourth year of Geography and Environmental Studies at Uvic. She is very interested in resource conservation and the rights of minorities. Throughout this internship Luisa will be working at the Karenni Social Development Centre in the North of Thailand. She is very excited to teach and learn from Karenni youth and learn more about Myanmar and Thailand. She is extremely grateful to both CAPI and the KSDC for this opportunity.


Erin Spence

Erin Spence

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  • Hometown: 
    Qualicum Beach, BC
  • UVic department of study: 
    Political Science
  • Internship host organization:
    CITYNET Yokohama
  • Country: 
    Japan
  • Internship duration: 
    May-August 2019

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Erin is a 4th year Political Science student completing an Honours degree with a concentration in comparative politics and government. Her undergraduate research has focused on public policy, voter behaviour, and political participation in Europe and Japan. Her passion is making government services and aid accessible and responsive to the needs of their citizens. Outside of the university, she enjoys swimming, volunteering at the UVic Food Bank, and learning new languages. As a program assistant at CITYNET Yokohama Project Office, she is excited to study how the organisation encourages a higher quality of life in municipalities and urban areas across Asia. 


Christopher Tse

Christopher Tse

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  • Hometown: 
    Vancouver, BC
  • UVic department of study: 
    Social Work (graduate student)
  • Country: 
    Malaysia
  • Independent research project duration: 
    September-December 2019

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Christopher Tse is a graduate student in critical social work at the University of Victoria, with a focus on transnational migration and decolonial theory. Before coming back to school, Chris' background in anti-oppressive facilitation, international development, and social justice education led him worldwide to work alongside communities in organizing for social change. With a bachelor's degree in human rights journalism, Chris is passionate about telling stories and perhaps more importantly, dismantling the barriers that prevent people from telling their own stories. He is excited to dig into an arts-based research project in Malaysia and Thailand this fall, and is grateful to CAPI for the opportunity.



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