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Intern Tales: Marlin

What a whirlwind!
I cannot believe it’s been 6 months!

My name is Marlin and I’ve the great joy of being an intern at MSRI over the last year.

Originally from Canada, I was given the amazing opportunity to experience life and learn about the refugee situation  in Malaysia as my university joins with MSRI once a year and gives students a chance to travel across the globe and work with and support non-profit organizations working to make a difference. This is truly a gift from MSRI because I feel that I’ve learned more than I could ever give back.

From my first day in the office I found myself thrown into work – much of it new and exciting. I too was given the chance to make a difference and while some days were challenging, it was beautiful to see the way people come together to fight for the things that matter. While there were a variety of different tasks and experiences at MSRI, in the end, much of my time was involved with media work in some way or another. I learned so much about the organization and it’s history while creating and helping to build a media presence and displays. I could never have imagined how in the final month of my time at MSRI, all my work and experience accumulated and helped build a gorgeous fundraiser that spread knowledge of MSRI and the refugee experience. It has been an honour to be part of and work with so many passionate and driven individuals and to see what we can accomplish when we all come together.

Over my time in Malaysia I found myself in a surreal life where I found people working everyday to make meaningful change even when the odds seemed insurmountable. I have never found myself so inspired and so challenged before. Working with communities directly, assisting social workers, listening to people talk about their experiences…my whole world changed. I would like to thank MSRI once again for having me! I have made friends and memories of a lifetime and I hope to continue to keep the lessons I learned with me for the rest of my life.

– Marlin, UVIC  & CAPI Intern 2017

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