Danielle Finochiaro

Intern, managing country pages of Nepal and India. Assisting with organization of Bridging the World Virtual Event in Cameroon, Recruiting interns from communications departments in other universities

Danielle Finochiaro


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  • Tempe, Arizona
  • United States
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I will be graduating this May with a BA in Communications. This past summer I studied abroad in New Zealand and Fiji through Arizona State University’s school of Human Evolution and Social Change. Interested in developing a more nuanced understanding of how poverty is linked with various restrictions, the program focused on the relationships between ecological constraints, (such as food availability and climate change) culture, (including ethnic differences), health and social inequities.
This study abroad experience made a profound mark on my life and perspective. The Fijian lifestyle, atmosphere, and people gave me the beautiful gift of omnipresent serenity, which I know will stay with me forever. Immersing myself in this culture helped expose and awaken me to a world I had never seen. After seeing extreme poverty firsthand while living in the remote village of Votua in Korolevu, Fiji, my eyes have been opened to an exciting but complicated new world. I realized that an enormous opportunity existed to initiate change through awareness and cross cultural collaboration. With this newfound value of international immersion, I returned to Arizona with an undeniable passion for cultural exchange and nonprofit management. Looking to translate this passion into reality, I sought out an internship with UCP-SARnet. I believe in the power of social change through grassroots efforts and I am committed to making the most of this incredible internship opportunity. I love to think creatively and strategically when it comes to working with a cause and I look forward to bringing my enthusiasm to UCP-SARnet.

I have also just begun a virtual internship doing marketing research for the World Fair Trade Organization for their European chapter. WFTO is an advocate- condemning the injustices of the international trade system and championing a radical vision for change. We are currently preparing for the World Fair Trade Day campaign that will culminate in May 2011.