Global Studies and Sports Interns

The Kendra Chiota Payne Memorial Fund has granted internships and awards to UCSB students since 2007. The recipients have proven to be remarkable for their compassion and commitment.

Global Studies Award Recipients

Since 2008, recipients of the Kendra Payne Global Studies Award have undertaken internships in Taiwan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Chad, Rwanda, Uganda, Colombia, South Africa and India. In the notes and letters below, the Kendra Payne Global Studies Award recipients talk about their experiences and how it has transformed their lives and the lives of others. 

Global Studies Interns

2018 - Swaroopa Lahiri

Swaroopa's project for the Kendra Chiota Payne Award was based in the Sundarban forests of West Bengal, India. She interned for a non-governmental organization (NGO) catering to the needs of the large population of tiger widows (exceeding 3000 women) in the region. 

The Sundarban Tiger Widow Welfare Society and the Tiger Widows Organization have several successful projects such as farming, livestock rearing, traditional craft making and financial literacy training to assist the economic empowerment of tiger widows. Obtaining information about other islands would be useful in determining any expansion plans for the organizations’ projects. In the Indian part of the Sundarbans, there are 104 islands out of which 54 were inhabited. Out of those 54 islands, there are several islands in dire economic state without any NGO intervention.

Swaroopa spent three weeks in the region, primarily in the Dayapur and Pakhiralay islands and conducted 38 household interviews. During these interviews, she recorded information about the size and composition of the household, the date of the incident, whether the family received monetary compensation from the forest department or the government, the source of current income and their most urgent needs. 

In addition, she taught village children English and Mathematics. The islands suffer from a crisis in the education system, notably an acute teacher shortage and poor quality of instruction. An on- ground self-help group requested me to devote some time to teaching. Swaroopa felt that this was the most rewarding part of her project as she witnessed the eagerness and interest of the children in learning new material and their exceptional capability, hindered by the lack of opportunities and infrastructure. 

2016 - Javiera Madrid Salazar

Javiera spent the first half of her internship with the Clinton Development Initiative (CDI). Her work at CDI focused on knowledge transfer and the determinants of technology adoption among smallholder farmers in South East Africa. She centered on the role of illiteracy as a constraint and disempowering factor in the knowledge transfer process, particularly in the case of women.  During the second half of her internship, Javiera worked with the Office of Migration and Development at the International Organization for Migration’s Mission in Chile. She proposed and later carried out a research project to compile the different successful programs and initiatives that local governments are pursuing to facilitate immigrants’ incorporation.

2015 - Gokh Amin 
Gokh travelled to Amman, Jordan where she volunteered with several organizations, the most prominent of which was Dar Al Yasmin in their reoccurring event "Habayabi" (which translates to Our Beloved in Arabic.) Habayabi is an event held near al-Zaatari refugee camp (the largest in Jordan). During this event, educational activities, crafts, and games are provided for Syrian refugee children living in the camp as a way to help give them some sense of normality in their new life.

2014 - Caitlin Viejby
Caitlin worked with a nonprofit organization called the Global Regeneration Initiative for Neighborhood Development in a regenerating neighborhood in central Johannesburg called Maboneng.  Her work focused on building inclusivity in an up and coming neighborhood.  She specifically focused on starting an employment center to provide pathways to newly created jobs in the neighborhood through training workshops, and networking.  

2013 - Felicia Graham

Felicia studied the impact of oil production on local and indigenous communities in Bucaramanaga, Colombia, where she is partnering with SOS Children’s Village, helping to provide health and education Services to displaced women and children. In this letter she talks about the experience.

2013 - Hannah Brown

Hannah spent several months in Uganda working in the northern rural town of Patongo with the Network for Africa, supporting local NGOs who assist individual affected by the Lord’s Resistance Arm and who are suffering from massive trauma. She then interned in Kampala, Uganda at the US Embassy in the Economic and Political Affairs division, working to monitor and report on regional stability and human rights issues, especially related to women. 

2011 - Hannah Haehn

Hannah spent the first three months of her internship working with the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City and then went to Bali, Indonesia to work in a midwifery clinic, founded by Robin Lim, an American who has lived and worked there  many yearsDuring Hannah’s internship at the Yayasan Bumi Sehat Clinic for Women and Famiies, Robin Lim was voted the winner of the 2011 CNN Community Heroes Award

2010 - Yenly Thach

In this blog, Yenly talks about her own experience as a refugee and what she learned from refugees that had returned to Cambodia.

2009 - Caroline Le

Caroline speaks of her experience working in a shelter for women from Vietnam who have been trafficked to Taiwan. 

2009 - Joseph Farsakh

Joseph discusses the issues he faced while living in Kigali, Rwanda as part of his internship.


Sports Interns

The Kendra Chiota Payne Leadership for Young Women through Sports Internship began in 2007. Each year a student from UCSB has been working with young, under-served girls at local elementary schools and currently at the St George Youth Center in Isla Vista.

This internship has been awarded to the following students:

2018 - Araceli Huerta and Dajung (DJ) Oh

2017 - Isabelle Rodriguez and Kelsey McMorrow 

2016 - Maria Ragusa and Diamond Chestnut

2015 - Jennifer Atkinson and Krista Pezella

2014 - Layne Francis and Morgan Bacchus

2013 - Kerri Kowsky and Laura Cadwell

2012 - Sarah Eadie and Claire Davis

2011 - Kristina Egbert 

2010 - Nelly Alcantar 

2009 - Ashley Santos 

2008 - Francine Pelka

2007 - Erin Hinga

Please read about past recipients’ experiences during their internship by clicking on their names.

Laura Cadwell and Kerri Kowsky

Kerri and Laura share their experience as Sports Interns at the Isla Vista Elementary School.

Nelly Alcantar

Nelly talks about her life growing up as a daughter of migrant workers and why giving back to the community is so important to her.


© Richard Payne 2018