CIR has an extensive number of interns for the fall of 2018.


Nani Detti has been a College Fellow at CIR since October 2017. She has been working closely with CIR to engage young people to join the organization’s events. This past year, she collaborated with CIR to organize the first ever  Global Citizen Summit, at St. John’s College. Born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Nani left home at 16 to complete her high school education at the Bishop Strachan School in Toronto, Canada. Having always been passionate about human rights, Nani continued her advocacy work by creating awareness about issues such as FGM, early child marriage, honor-based violence and other women’s rights issues. Nani is currently a student at St. John’s College where she has immersed herself in the Great Books Program. She also runs the Amnesty International chapter at the school and was just appointed the Student Activist Coordinator for New Mexico. During her spare time, Nani enjoys going on road trips and reading.

Katrina Ortiz is a New Mexico Highlands social work graduate student completing her 2018/2019 practicum at CIR. She is passionate about working with communities and leaders to develop policies that provide equal opportunities to all people. She is looking forward to expanding her understanding of global issues as well as local issues. Social work and policy development are happening around the world in creative ways and CIR is providing opportunity for learning through productive discussions with international visitors and high school students. Her long-term goal is to work with New Mexico state senators and representatives and advocate for organization to empower communities both locally and globally.

Andrea Solis is a senior at The University of New Mexico, currently completing her bachelors degree in multimedia journalism with a minor in management. She was born in Mexico and raised in New Mexico, and is bilingual. She is the current president of The Society of Professional Journalists Student Chapter 2018-19 at UNM and through the organization wants to empower student journalists to succeed in the ever-changing journalism climate. She is a storyteller and through that, like the human genome project, wants to sow together the human story. She is a mom to a dog, a fish, and two birds, she loves donuts and music and during her free time likes to write.

Pilar Jaehn joins the CIR team as the social media intern. She is also a recent St. Edward’s University graduate (2013-2017). Raised in Santa Fe, she’s returned with a Bachelor’s degree in International Security and Conflict Resolution, and aims to be a part of the already large, but evergrowing, interest in globalization/the global community in Santa Fe. She is also a German and American citizen and, as such, brings another unique understanding and appreciation for the importance of cultural exchange. She is interested in spreading knowledge about other cultures and their plights and how it relates to Americans, specifically New Mexicans. In her free time, Pilar is an avid science fiction reader and board game player.


Caroline Soloway joined CIR as an intern in the summer of 2014 and has returned to the Council in 2018. She serves as a business development associate and assists with IVLP program coordination. Caroline received a Bachelor of Arts degree in European History from Barnard College of Columbia University in 2017 and spent the following year traveling around 18 countries spanning 3 continents. In the past, Caroline has interned at the New Mexico Supreme Court and became a fellow through the Columbia University President’s Global Innovation Fund, which allowed her to conduct original historical research in Northern Ireland for her senior thesis. Outside of CIR, Caroline can be found skiing, learning German, and struggling to learn the art of high altitude baking.


Muriel van den Berg. Photo and bio to come!