Miami Shores, Fla. – Barry University student, Steve Turnier, will be interning in Cameroon this summer for the U.S. Department of State, one of only eight students in the nation selected for the prestigious program. More than 2,000 students applied nationally for the program and, out of the eight chosen, Steve was the only one also selected for a scholarship, fully funding his trip to sub-Saharan Africa.
His experience will take him to the Cameroon’s capital city, Yaoundé. During his 10 weeks there, he will assist with a range of political and economic activities – preparing reports on human rights in Cameroon, the country’s oil and gas sector, and poverty trends. He will also aid the post with commercial outreach and correspondence.
He will be keeping a blog for the Barry University community that your publication is welcome to access at www.barry.edu/blogs
. The blog will include updates, as well as posted photos and videos throughout his experience.
Turnier, a finance major in the university’s Andreas School of Business, will be a senior this fall. He plans to pursue a career in the foreign service after graduation. Outside these academic responsibilities, Turnier is active on campus and is a resident assistant for the Office of Housing and Residence Life, vice president of the Campus Activities Board, an Alumni Ambassador, and is actively involved with various organizations including Habitat for Humanity, the Fine Arts dance program and Career Services.
Additionally, Turnier is a first generation college attendee – the oldest of four boys in a single-parent household – and is the only member of his family to attend a four-year institution.
He will be in Cameroon June 1 – Aug. 16, 2009. More details on this internship, how he will be preparing these reports and where he will be working, will be available after his arrival there. Cameroon is a unitary republic in central-western Africa. It is often called “Africa in miniature” for its geographic and cultural diversity. Compared to other African countries, Cameroon enjoys relatively high political and social stability, but a large part of its population still lives in poverty as subsistence farmers.
For more information, please contact Steve Turnier at (305) 924-4638.