August 13, 2007

InteRDom Students Complete Internships with Dominican Organizations

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Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo organized a ceremony to honor the 2007 InteRDom summer interns’ successful completion of their internships and academic studies. The ceremony was held at FUNGLODE, Thursday, August 9, 2007.

Over the course of twelve weeks, InteRDom program participants carried-out internships in the fields of: education, environmental studies, migration, international development, disaster management, remittances, gender issues and HIV/AIDs prevention.

Participating Dominican organizations benefited greatly from the interns’ expertise and bilingual capacity. Partnering institutions this summer included: The Center for Export and Investment for the Dominican Republic (CEI-RD), the National Judiciary School (ENJ), the American Chamber of Commerce for the Dominican Republic (AMCHAM), the United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW), the Dominican newspaper Clave Digital, World Vision, the Pan-American Development Foundation (PADF), the Program for the Preparation and Prevention of Disasters (part of the United Nations Development Program),  Alianza ONG and  Centro León.

The academic component of InteRDom was coordinated by UNIBE University and included specialized courses on Contemporary Caribbean History and Culture, a Spanish language course and seminars on the Central American Free Trade Agreement with the Dominican Republic (DR-CAFTA).

On the weekends, students partook in cultural excursions to different provinces and communities. Excursions were coordinated by Tirso Cabral, Xiomara Fortuna and Gina Gallardo, specialists in Dominican folklore at Rancho Campeche.

InteRDom provides internship and academic opportunities to undergraduate and graduate-level students. Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded a certificate and a full evaluation of their performance by their supervisors.

The objective of the program is to elevate levels of competitiveness and exchange conditions favorable to both Dominican and international students. InteRDom will soon provide international internship experiences to Dominican students as well.


Natimil Abreau
Baruch College, Business
Research topic: Environment and Education in the Dominican Republic
Host organization: Clave Digital

Denise Nolasco
Baruch College, Political Science and Economics
Research topic: Environment, DR-CAFTA and Education in the Dominican Republic
Host organizations: National School of Judicial Studies (ENJ) and the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM)

Adam Bledsoe
Dartmouth College, International Relations
Research topic: International Relations in the Caribbean
Host organization: Pan American Foundation for Development (FUPAD)

Christina Davidson
Yale University, Latin American Studies and Gender
Research topic: Gender, Work and Sex Tourism in the Dominican Republic
Host organization: UN International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW)
Special support from: Centro Cultural León

Dan Lyons
Fordham University, Economics and International Development (M.A. program)
Host organization: Disaster Prevention and Preparation Program (PNUD / ONFED)

Elizabeth Polanco
Washington Lee University, Economics, Language and Asiatic Literature
Host organizations: Pan American Foundation for Development (FUPAD) and the Dominican Republic Center for Exportation and Investment (CEI-RD)

Jennifer Corrales
Brandeis University, Health Science and Social Service
Host organization: World Vision

Jennifer Eaglin
John Hopkins University, International Economics and Latin American Relations
Host organization: World Vision

Kacey Pindar
Pace University, International Business
Host organization: Alianza ONG and Seguros La Universal

Edward Gonzalez Acosta
The New School, Political Science (Ph. D. program)
Project: The Political Impact of Remittances in Latin America

Mathew A. Leiber
Brown University, Political Science (Ph. D. program)
Project: Remittances and the Political Exterior of Mexico and the Dominican Republic