Oops: It’s Already July and We Haven’t Introduced our Summer Interns - Here They Are!
We are very excited to introduce our 2011 Summer Interns! Check out their profiles and stay tuned to see some of their exciting work!
Alex is entering his junior year at Washington University in Saint Louis, and is majoring in Political Science and minoring in Computer Science. He is currently working on a research project that studies the effect anonymity has on interpersonal interactions online. His goal is to study the increasingly important relationship between the Internet and politics in his future career. Alex is working as an Editorial Intern for Movements.org this summer.
Jimmy is entering his sophomore year in the College of Arts and Science at New York University with majors in both Journalism (Broadcast) and War Studies. In the future, Jimmy aims to work as a war correspondent specializing in the MENA/AfPak regions. He is interested in studying the psychological and ideological effects of war on local populations--especially youth. In his fleeting free time, Jimmy enjoys comparing films about the Vietnam War and has begun studying Arabic.
Colin is a Senior in the Gallatin School of Individual Studies at New York University, concentrating in Globalization and Communication of Environmental Studies. He hails from San Francisco, and is fluent in French and Spanish. He is deeply involved in campus life, and is an Admissions Ambassador, an Orientation Leader, co-president of the Men’s Group through the Office of LGBT Services and the Lester Culture Club. He is also the Secretary of Delta Lambda Phi’s NYU chapter. Sailing, tennis, languages and playing the piano are also a big part of his life.
Josie Baum received a BA (Hons) in Land Economy from Cambridge University in 2008. Prior to pursuing her MSc in Urban Planning at Columbia University, she worked for the Urban Land Institute in London managing LessEn (www.less-en.org), the global energy efficiency in cities initiative which uses multimedia technology to encourage the public to reduce energy use in urban areas. Her current research focuses on the empowerment of informal communities to secure basic services and political legitimisation in market driven economies, her interest in repercussions of the online space for these communities has led her to take on a research project for the Movements.org case study series. In this project, she will be investigating how offline minority communities have harnessed online tools to engage international networks of solidarity in order to build awareness, resources and gain political legitimacy to promote change.
Originally from San Francisco, Randy is entering his junior year at Princeton University, majoring in Public Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School and pursuing certificates in Near Eastern Studies and Linguistics. He is interested in the political economy of the Middle East and in the potential for democratization and political liberalization in the region. He is also interested in studying the impact technology has on society. This summer he will combine his interests to undertake a research project for the case study series, focusing on identifying examples of digital activism which can be viewed as precursors to the Arab Spring. In his spare time, Randy enjoys cooking, running and learning languages.
After double-majoring in Spanish and Sociology, Taylor graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University in 2007 and is now pursuing her M.A. in Communication, Culture, & Technology at Georgetown University with an honors concentration in International Business. She first began examining the Internet as a trade issue while studying at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland and much of her research has since focused on the political implications of social media. She has received invitations to present her work surrounding online activism at international conferences in the Washington, D.C. area and abroad. Taylor is spending the summer in New York serving as a Research Analyst Supervisor at Columbia Business School’s Institute for Tele-Information and is joining the Movements.org team as an Editorial Intern.