SACKVILLE, NB — Mount Allison University international relations student Hannah Fazio is spending the summer in Washington, DC as the 2015 Mansbridge Intern. Fazio is working as an intern at the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, which provides aid and sustainable solutions for refugees, victims of conflict, and stateless people around the world.
“I believe this internship, and the perspectives gained, will be critical steps for both my current and future academic and career goals,” says Fazio who is from Lewiston, Maine. “I would like to thank Chancellor Mansbridge and Mount Allison for providing this opportunity.”
University Chancellor Peter Mansbridge says Fazio’s experience will provide a valuable learning opportunity to the entire Mount Allison community.
“Hannah’s previous work volunteering globally and her current opportunity in Washington are inspiring. I wish her every success this summer and look forward to hearing more about her experiences and studies this fall,” he says.
Now in its fifth year, the Mansbridge Internship, established by the Chancellor in 2011, provides Mount Allison students with a unique leadership opportunity, which fosters the attitudes, abilities, and skills essential to active participation in an increasingly globalized and interconnected society. The Mansbridge Internship builds on the academic and extracurricular interests of students; enriches their academic and experiential learning; and creates opportunities for them to advance their leadership competencies through self-discovery, personal and interpersonal growth. Valued at $10,000 annually it is one of the most valuable internships of its kind at Mount Allison.
Working with this State Department Bureau, Fazio will build on her extensive experience in this field. She has previously worked with marginalized migrant children in China, indigenous youth in Taiwan, and resettling Colombian refugees in Ecuador through internship opportunities with the Mission Scalabriniana. She also participated in an internship with the Carter Center.
Following her graduation from Mount Allison, Fazio is planning to complete her Master’s in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at the University of Oxford.
Fazio will also share her internship experience with the Mount Allison University community through a presentation on campus this fall.
Past Mansbridge Interns at Mount Allison include: Monica Jepson (’12) of Calgary who travelled to Kenya with the organization Medics to Africa in 2011; Lia D’Abate (’13) of Montreal, who carried out stem cell research at Stanford University in 2012; Sarah McNeil (’15) of Huntsville, ON who travelled to Indonesia to work with the Dejavato Foundation, an Indonesian-based NGO that provides social services through an international volunteer network in 2013; Margaret Kromminga (’15) of Grand Rapids, MI who volunteered in Zambia with a focus on HIV/AIDS education and awareness, youth leadership and development, and practical skills training for youth in 2013; and Graham May (’15) of Powell River, BC, who travelled to Greenland and Canada’s Artic to study resource management, development, and practices in 2014.
Photo caption: 2015 Mansbridge Intern Hannah Fazio, left, with Mount Allison University Chancellor Peter Mansbridge this spring. Fazio is working as an intern at the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration in Washington, D.C. this summer.