Meet Our Summer Interns!

Summer is finally here which means…. summer interns! Each year we are lucky to have a talented and unique group of interns supporting our team. They are a crucial part of the War Child USA family and we are so grateful to have them! Meet Nick and Tyler:

 

Nick Sherwood, Senior Research Fellow

What made you get involved with War Child USA?

I met War Child USA Founder, Dr. Samantha Nutt, this spring when she came to the University of Alabama at Birmingham and spoke with her about War Child’s initiatives empowering communities facing violent conflict. I believe in War Child’s approach to tackle the long-term effects of violence in communities.

What are two words you would use to describe yourself?

I would describe myself as empathic and direct. While not researching, I’m out jamming at concerts and music festivals (speaking of, can’t wait to see Tash Sultana and Bon Iver at Bonnaroo in a couple weeks).

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I’m a reader, currently moving through The Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt and Orientalism by Edward Said. I love to travel as well – currently prepping for a trip to Morocco, Israel, Palestine, and Egypt this summer to conduct reconciliation research for my master’s thesis.

What excites you most about working for War Child USA?

I believe that to truly achieve cultural transformation in societies experiencing violence and conflict, we must call upon a full symphony of different skills and abilities – from the academy, from global civil society, and most importantly from the local participants of culture themselves. Working with War Child offers me insight into how each of these parts work together – how our voices and instruments lend to one another to proclaim a song of peace.

 

Tyler Goodwin, Social & Digital Media Intern

What made you get involved with War Child USA?

I immediately wanted to get involved with War Child USA after I met War Child Founder, Dr. Samantha Nutt, when she spoke at the University of Alabama. I was inspired by her passion, diligence, and knowledge of the field. Since getting involved with human rights research, I have developed a passion for advocating against gun violence and knew that this organization would help equip me with the tools I need to pursue my passion.

What are two words you would use to describe yourself?

If I had to describe myself with two words, it would be ambitious and witty. I like to take on a lot of responsibility and hold myself to a high standard, and my favorite part about myself is my sense of humor!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

You can usually find me hiking with my dog, Kennedy, around the state parks in Birmingham. I love taking a good book with me and disconnecting from the world. I wish I could spend my life traveling. Experiencing and exploring new places is by far my favorite part of life. I also love to eat!

What excites you most about working for War Child USA?

I am most excited about turning my passion into action with War Child. All I have ever wanted in life is to impact people in a positive way, and I firmly believe this is the way to do it.