Welcome New Summer Interns!

The sun is shining, the temperatures are rising, and CRP’s newest interns are coming in hot! Hailing from around the globe, this group of summer interns is working hard behind the scenes to ensure that CRP programs and logistics run smoothly! The following Q&A gives you a glimpse into the backgrounds and aspirations of these amazing individuals.

The Communications Team is a powerhouse of big brains and even bigger personalities. Saul, Kat, Heather, Zdena, Carina, and Gabe work together to support Collateral Repair Project in outreach, social media content production and dissemination, and much more!

A pensive Saul contemplating life and also the best outreach methods to cater to different audiences.

Where are you from? I’m from Michigan, in the US.
What were you doing before CRP? After spending several years working and studying in Amman, I returned to the US for my graduate studies. I’m pursuing an MA in Arab Studies at Georgetown University, where I’m focusing on the interplay between politics, displacement, and identity.
What do you do at CRP? I’m a PR intern for the summer. Basically, I help spread the word about CRP’s work through social media, articles, and blog posts.
What do you hope to gain from your internship? My professional background has been primarily in legal and academic research. This is a way to expand my skill set while also learning how to frame research in ways comprehensible to the general public.
Fun fact about yourself: I’m a beekeeper!
Where you hope to see yourself in 5/10 years? I hope to have a garden!

An adventurous Kat in the wild practicing being the subject of photos for a change! 

Where are you from? Glasgow, Scotland.
What were you doing before CRP?
I was teaching English in Nablus, Palestine and near the end of my visa there I decided I wanted to go back to working with displaced people. I had worked in Calais, France with HelpRefugees before Palestine.
What do you do at CRP? I’m a Media and Communications Intern.
What do you hope to gain from your internship?
I hope to gain more experience working with refugees and within the NGO sector writ large. And learn Arabic!
Fun Fact about yourself: I once accidentally free climbed a mountain because I thought it was a regular hike and nearly died several times.
Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years? Happy (and broke) on a beach in Asia living out of a hut I’ve built myself from sticks. Possibly a master-yogi. Or living in an ashram!

Heather laughing, probably at her own joke, exploring Jordan for social media inspiration.

Where are you from? Sunny Florida, USA.
What were you doing before CRP? I have been learning Arabic for a few years and currently I am a graduate student studying Public and International Affairs with a focus on Human Security. I wanted hands-on experience in a grassroots organization that works with and empowers refugees.
What do you do at CRP? Media and Communications Intern.
What do you hope to gain from your internship? I hope to understand the nonprofit sector more, how grassroots organizations operate, and learn more about the different people, cultures, and languages that encompass CRP.
Fun fact about yourself: I once was in a puppy commercial. (It was a local news station and I was two years old but it still happened.)
Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years? Working with displaced communities, with a big family of my own, roughly 15 dogs, living somewhere in the mountains…but also maybe a talk show host.

Zdena ferociously planning her next podcast story over a morning cup of ‘jo.

Where are you from? Prague, Czech Republic.
What were you doing before CRP? I was finishing my studies in Anthropology and working in a Prague-based NGO and wanted more international experience before getting a full-time job. I have volunteered with refugees in the past and found it very fulfilling. I knew I wanted to do something in an organization focusing on providing services and opportunities to migrants and refugees. When I found CRP, I was impressed by all of the programs they offer to the community and wanted to be part of it!
What do you do at CRP? PR and Podcasts Intern.
What do you hope to gain from your internship? I hope to gain more knowledge of working in an NGO in an environment different from that back home. I hope to learn more about the situation that refugees face here and ways they overcome hardship. Finally, I am here to meet inspiring people and learn about different cultures!
Fun fact about yourself: I have the worst sense of orientation in the whole world. I get lost multiple times a week (and not only in Amman) even though I have google maps!
Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years? I see myself working in an NGO focusing on migration and/or development.

Carina filling our days with light and joy, as per usual.

Where are you from? Austria
What brought you to CRP? I’m currently in my gap year between Bachelors and Masters, and before interning with CRP, I was studying Arabic at the Sijal Institute in Amman. Before coming to Jordan, I was volunteering with refugee communities in Europe and Lebanon. I wanted to join CRP specifically because of all of the positive things I have heard about the organization from previous interns and volunteers. What excites me about my position is the ability to bring our beneficiaries and international supporters closer together, by making videos that introduce CRP’s programs and the individuals behind them.
What do you do at CRP? Videography Intern
What do you hope to gain from your internship? I hope to improve my videography skills and sensibilities in working with vulnerable populations.
Fun fact about yourself: I’m usually a big fan of indie music. But since living in Jordan, I also developed a slightly weird passion for traditional Khaliji (Arab Gulf) sounds.
Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years? In 5-10 years, I hope to contribute to longer film- and video formats, which aim to shed light on the lives of minorities and vulnerable populations.

Gabe’s sweet smile entices donors to fundraise for CRP.

Where are you from? I’m from the rural town of Fredericktown, Missouri, approximately two hours south of Saint Louis.
What were you doing before CRP? I just graduated from Harvard University, where I studied linguistics. I’d previously studied Arabic in Amman and was interested in returning to explore the NGO sector. When I learned about CRP’s work, it seemed like a great opportunity to gain some hands-on experience while developing my Arabic.
What do you do at CRP? I’m the Donor Relations intern, a position in which I handle any inquiries or issues that arise with our donors, help manage our Salesforce database, and analyze our donations data to help inform our future fundraising.
What do you hope to gain from your internship? My personal goal at CRP is to gain clarity on my ultimate career goals. I’m considering the idea of staying in the Middle East after the end of my internship. I’m also excited to develop some quantitative skills, particularly in data analysis, which is continuing to become more important as companies and NGOs work to make data-informed decisions.
Fun fact about yourself: I played tuba in the Harvard University Band, and we once played for Jimmy Fallon and indirectly hospitalized him.
Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years? Depending on how this summer goes, possibly involved in development/humanitarian organizations in the Middle East.

Emily is an essential addition to the Grants and Partnerships Team. Her hard work, dedication, and sense of humor encourage the team to do great work.

Emily does her best work on a full stomach.

Where are you from? Australia
What were you doing before CRP? I was living/working for a charity in London then traveling around morocco. I came to Jordan to get involved with CRP and explore the area!
What do you do at CRP? Grants and Partnerships Intern
What do you hope to gain from your internship? A better understanding of how grassroots organizations work and what life is like for refugees in Amman, and how best I can help.
Fun fact about yourself: I once knew how to speak Indonesian!
Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years? I will hopefully be living/working abroad, surrounded by good people and hopefully with a dog (if responsible enough by then?), or still traveling!

With Hampton’s skillset and wit, the Community Center Programming Team gained an angel this summer.

Hampton happily and excitedly preparing to draft multiple-paged grant reports and review thousands of receipts.

Where are you from? I’m from Atlanta, Georgia, and I grew up in Greenville, South Carolina. I’ve lived all over the place (at least for a little while) including in Amman in 2014.
What were you doing before CRP? I’m currently a graduate student at Emory University in Atlanta and my internship at CRP is part of my first summer field practicum as part of my “human emergency” concentration. Before graduate school, I worked at The Carter Center as part of the Syria Conflict Mapping Project. I knew of CRP from my previous time studying/working in Jordan in 2014 while I was an undergraduate student. I was studying Arabic at Qasid and doing some fieldwork on water, class, and familial structure, and refugees.
What do you do at CRP? I’m the Grants Reporting Intern, meaning I interview program staff and look up monitoring statistics in order to write reports that go to our many institutional donors. It’s not the most glamorous work, but I love being able to support an organization that is doing such clear good in its community.
What do you hope to gain from your internship? I’m looking to learn a bit more about the holistic efforts of CRP to help underserved urban refugee populations in their situations here. Grants Reporting gives me the opportunity to look at a lot of the details of a lot of different programs, and I’m thankful for this diversity of experience.
Fun fact about yourself: I’ve written 6 comic books and I’m working on my next two while I’m in Jordan.
Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years? I am unsure of what I would like to be doing in 5/10 years, but hopefully something helping to improve people’s lives, autonomy, and dignity.

Alice patiently waiting for survey responses to evaluate.

Alice brings knowledge, a smile, and diligence to the Monitoring and Evaluation Team!
Where are you from? I’m from Birmingham, England – which is pretty much the furthest you can get from the sea in England!
What were you doing before CRP? I was studying Arabic in Amman for a couple of years and generally falling in love with Jordan!
What do you do at CRP? I am the monitoring and evaluation intern – which involves lots of surveys and observing the different programs so we can make them the best they can be. It’s fun and varied – my days always look different.
What do you hope to gain from your internship? I hope to gain a better understanding of how non-profit organizations work and how they can best help refugees – knowledge that will no doubt help me in future work.
Fun fact about yourself: I have lived in the United Arab Emirates, Palestine and Jordan!
Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years? I want to keep living in new places, so hopefully in 5 years time I will be living in a new city and involved with refugee integration work.