Our Interns

Laura Gonzalez - Programme Intern (Geneva)

Laura Gonzalez holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a Master of law from the University of Geneva. During her studies, she specialised in international law and developed a special interest for human rights issues. She then completed her education by a one-year intensive program in marketing, communication and management in Paris. She has previously worked for two years in a law firm in Lausanne. At ISHR, Laura hopes to get a deeper understanding of various human rights issues and looks forward to helping support human rights defenders.

Anwesha Bandyopadhyay- Programme Intern (Geneva)

Anwesha Bandyopadhyay holds a BA and a MA in History from Jadavpur University, Kolkata in India. She is currently pursuing an MA in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. Her background in History led her to study various human rights movements of the 20th century and she is aiming to understand how she can contribute to the world of human rights both as an individual and through a professional role as a policy-maker. Through her internship with ISHR she wishes to gain a more prolific understanding about the world of human rights and how ISHR’s work is situated in this context.

Maria Mahdessian- Communications Intern (Geneva)

Maria Mahdessian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Design from Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. She is currently pursuing her master degree in Design Research in Bern University of the Arts with a focus on the visual rhetorics of terrorist organisations’ self-representation. During her BA studies, she developed an innovative design thinking to try to solve socially relevant issues while taking into account the cultural, political, economic and environmental implications of design in society. She aims to use her creative skills to raise awareness of disparities in rights, basic needs and vulnerabilities. Her goal as a designer is to always express and communicate the idea and key message that underlie the project she is working on.

Joan Maria Monclús- Programme Intern (Geneva)

Joan Maria Monclús holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. He is currently a Master Student of International and European Law with a focus on human rights in the University of Geneva where he also completed a Certificate in Transnational Law. A Spanish native with proficient level in French he hopes to get more insight on international mechanisms and be able to efectively support human rights defenders during his time at ISHR. 

John Indergaard- Programme Intern (New York)

John Indergaard holds a Bachelor’s degree in Government and an International Relations minor from Cornell University. He previously interned at the Wilson Center in Washington D.C., where he worked with two scholars writing books about Myanmar and American foreign policy institutions during the Cold War. At university John was especially interested in researching conflict resolution and authoritarian regimes. He is proficient in French and Japanese. At ISHR, John looks forward to working on human rights documentation through the UPR process and advocating for human rights defenders.  

Sena Nutakor- Programme Intern (Geneva)

Sena holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and French as well as a Master of Arts in International Affairs from the University of Ghana. She is currently an LLM candidate at the Geneva Academy for International Humanitarian law and Human Rights. Sena has previously worked as a research assistant with the Knowledge Management Unit at LECIAD, University of Ghana and also volunteers with a local charity that works to ensure underprivileged women and children’s access to basic needs. At ISHR, Sena looks forward to supporting and furthering the protection for human rights defenders across the world.