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Meet our Summer Interns (Part Two)

By July 26, 2018No Comments

Kelly McCormick, from Buffalo, NY — New American Integration

Master’s Student @ University of Buffalo — Master’s in Social Work (MSW)

Places you’ve traveled to: Los Angeles, Portland, Chicago, New York City, Tampa, DC, London and Dublin.

Why intern at the Institute?  The refugee population is a population I am interested in working with as a future social worker.  So far, the Institute has provided me with a great experience!

Jordan Soldaczewski, from Cheektowaga, NY — Education & International Visitors

Senior @ SUNY Brockport — Journalism and International Studies

Places you’ve traveled to:  Belgium, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Mexico and Aruba.

Why intern at the Institute? I wanted experience working with a non-profit and I feel as though the Institute plays such an important role in our community.  Interning in Education & International Visitors, I see the importance of finding different ways to educate the public on the many different cultures in our community, as well as providing a platform for professionals around the world to share their wealth of knowledge with Buffalo (International Visitors program.) The Institute makes our city a better place and I am proud to say I am a part of it!


Emily Smith, from Buffalo, NY — New American Integration

Senior @ Allegheny College — International Studies and Spanish

Places you’ve traveled to: Ireland, Chile, Peru, Argentine and India.

Why intern at the Institute? I wanted the opportunity to meet and interact with newly arrived refugees, welcome them to Buffalo and help them feel comfortable here!



Jared Waldron, from Cowlesville, NY — Interpreting & Translation

Senior @ St. John Fisher College — Anthropology and Spanish

Places you’ve traveled to: Canada, Costa Rica and a lot of states down the East Coast.

Why intern at the Institute?  I am interning here at the Institute because I believe in the value that immigrants and refugees bring to our country.  It has been great to be a part of team like Interpreting & Translation that provides language resources to help these new Americans adapt and navigate our complicated culture.  I also wanted to learn about how to become an interpreter, as I am almost fluent in Spanish.