Spring 2021 Interns

Emily Barton is a Senior at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas studying International Relations with a minor in Italian and certificates in African Studies and International Political Economy. Before interning at the UNIC, she worked as a Program Design Associate for the Organization for International Cooperation, where she frequently communicated with think tank experts and conducted research on counterterrorism efforts to improve program efficacy. At the University of Texas, she has lead multiple research efforts on the work of NGOs in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as working with multiple local voting advocacy non-profits. In 2020, she led a team of voting registrars to register 10,000 voters in the city of Austin. Currently, alongside interning at UNIC, she is the Communications Director for two university non-profits, designing and implementing social media campaigns on the Texas Legislature and voting rights, writing an independent International Relations Honors Thesis, and serving as the Vice President of the University International Relations and Global Studies Council.

Kendall Warther is a senior at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo studying Political Science. Prior to this internship, she worked on communications initiatives and managed World Bank challenges at an Amazon Web Services Cloud Innovation Center. She has previously studied democratization and taught English in Seville, Spain. At Cal Poly, she has researched higher education policy and co-authored California Senate Bill 467, interviewed prominent alumni for the university’s Political Science journal, and has been recognized as one of the university’s 30 most influential women. She has also interned for the Columbia World Affairs Council, California Rural Legal Assistance, and a state assembly campaign. Currently, she serves as an Advocacy Committee Member at the Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo, volunteers as a crisis counselor at a local women’s shelter, and is part of a faculty-led research project within the Political Science department.

Matthew Newton is a senior at the University of California, Davis, studying Communication Studies with a minor in Professional Writing. Prior to interning at UNIC, Matthew has traveled to Costa Rica on various trips where he partnered with Students International to teach young men basic carpentry skills. Passionate about how communication plays a role in humanitarian response, he coordinated the Syrian Literacy Program for Fresno’s leading refugee resource center: the Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries. Since late 2016, more than 200 Syrian families settled in Fresno, with many of the students having gone through the literacy program. As the program coordinator, his responsibilities entailed structuring the program, developing community partnerships, and writing the curriculum. Concurrently, he lived in the city’s urban core where he engaged in community development and social justice through community work and being a part of a diverse living space. At UC Davis, he is a student in the Washington Program and the Peace Corp Prep Program, with an emphasis on community and regional development. On campus, he leads webinars as a part of the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship social justice series and leads the Varsity small group.


Lindsay Patterson is a senior double majoring in International Affairs, with a focus on Political Economy, and Economics with a minor in French Translation at the University of Washington in Seattle. Prior to interning at UNIC, Lindsay spent the past year as a Strategic Business Development intern for Arvato Bertelsmann Financial Solutions. Over the course of her junior year, Lindsay spent three months at the UW Rome Center conducting her capstone publication on the ensuing strategic relationship between the EU and China and intended to complete her economics degree at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo but was unfortunately unable to do so.   Upon graduation in March, Lindsay has committed to a full-time position at Booz Allen Hamilton in their consulting division and will be moving to DC.



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