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East-West Center Students from South Pacific and Timor Leste Gain U.S. Insight, Experience Through D.C. Internships

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 16, 2014) -- Thirteen college students from the Pacific Islands and Timor Leste who are studying in Hawai‘i on East-West Center-administered scholarships are currently in Washington, D.C. on six-week internships designed to offer them professional experience and help expand their understanding of American society.

2595 USSP and USTL participants meet with Ms. Julia Findlay of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs.

 

The students are pursuing degrees at University of Hawai‘i universities under special scholarships funded by the U.S. State Department Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and administered by EWC. (View a photo gallery of the students in D.C. and New York.) The Washington internships are being coordinated by institutional partner the Osgood Center for International Studies.

“The US-South Pacific and US-Timor-Leste scholarships hold a special place among the East-West Center’s educational offerings because of the unique island cultures that the participants come from,” said EWC Dean of Education Mary Hammond. “We’re pleased to able to offer internships in Washington as part of the USSP and USTL Scholarship Program, which offers the students a wonderful opportunity to gain confidence and grow professionally, as well as to gain personal experience and insight into American life.”

The students and their internship sites are:

  • Ms. Anshuka (Fiji), Environmental Science, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Internship:  Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD)
  • Mr. Euclitos Dos Reis Da Costa (Timor-Leste), Political Science, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Internship: Osgood Center for International Studies
  • Mr. Leonardo Germano Tourinho De Sousa Rosa (Timor-Leste), Environmental Science, Kapi‘olani Community College. Internship:  IGSD
  • Mr. Jose Manuel Do Karmo (Timor-Leste), Disability Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Internship: Easter Seals Child Development Center
  • Ms. Nanncy Leao (Timor-Leste), Business Administration, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Internship: Phillips Collection
  • Ms. Gina Fangu‘o Vava‘u Mahe  (Tonga), Computer Science, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Internship: Osgood Center for International Studies
  • Mr. Angelo Alcino Menezes Guterres Aparicio (Timor-Leste), Psychology, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Internship:  Covenant House
  • Ms. Geejay Parighii Milli (Papua New Guinea), Political Science, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Internship: Vital Voices
  • Mr. Kabuati Nakabuta (Kiribati), Agriculture, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Internship: Food and Water Watch
  • Mr. Joanico Oliveira (Timor-Leste), Sociology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Internship:  Embassy of Timor-Leste
  • Ms. Celeste Francisca Pinto (Timor-Leste), Geography, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Internship: IGSD
  • Ms. Esperanca de Deus Santos Lopes (Timor-Leste), Communication, Kapi‘olani Community College. Internship: Voice of America
  • Ms. Philip Waisen (Papua New Guinea), Tropical Plant Pathology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Internship: National Herbarium

About the USSP and USTL Scholarship programs

The U.S.–Timor-Leste (USTL) and U.S.–South Pacific (USSP) Scholarship Programs provide higher education opportunities for academically talented individuals from Timor-Leste and the independent South Pacific island countries of Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.  Scholarship recipients pursue bachelor’s or master’s degree study at the University of Hawai‘i in fields that are directly relevant to the development needs of their nations.  These full-support scholarship programs are also intended to provide participants opportunities to obtain a broader understanding of the United States.  USTL and USSP aim to develop a corps of leaders who will contribute to political, economic, and social progress in their home countries, and help strengthen their nations’ understanding of and relations with the United States.

Fields of Study:  Agricultural or environmental science, business, communications, economics, education, international relations, political science, psychology and sociology for Timor-Leste students, and the additional fields of study for South Pacific students of public administration, public health, STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), NGO management, gender studies and journalism.

About the Washington, DC summer internship program for USSP and USTL students

The USTL and USSP Programs include a five to six-week internship during which the students have a professional appointment, in Washington, D.C. or environs, in an organization, company, or government agency that is engaged in work related to the student’s major field of study and career interests. During their internships, the USSP and USTL students also engage in scheduled and informal cultural enrichment activities in order to expand their understanding of American society.

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