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HHC Student Rahaf Safi appointed IU’s fifth Presidential Intern

Oct. 31, 2013
HHC student Rahaf Safi has been appointed Indiana University's fifth presidential intern.


Rahaf Safi with IU President Michael McRobbie.

Her internship, for the 2013-14 academic year, will focus on initiatives related to IU's international strategic partnerships and the School of Global and International Studies.

IU undergraduate student Rahaf Safi was named the fifth presidential intern for the Office of the President. Her internship, which will be for the 2013-14 academic year, will focus on IU's strategic international partnerships. Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie selected Safi for the internship. An IU Bloomington senior from Plainfield, Ind., she will graduate in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and philosophy and a certificate from the Political and Civic Engagement program.

“Indiana University is a truly global university, and our various academic initiatives in international affairs are growing in importance to students and scholars," McRobbie said.

"I am delighted that Rahaf Safi has agreed to serve as my fifth presidential intern. She brings an exceptional resume of international activities and academic pursuits that will greatly assist our international engagement efforts. And she continues the trend of remarkably talented undergraduate students assisting the university in this unique capacity.”

Safi was awarded a prestigious Truman Scholarship in April 2013. She was one of 62 U.S. students to receive the award, which recognizes outstanding student leaders who are committed to public service.

Deeply involved in civic activities, she founded and serves as president of the IU chapter of Oxfam America, an organization dedicated to finding solutions to global hunger, poverty and injustice. She was an intern this summer with the Association of Female Jurists in Dakar, Senegal, and studied at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar. Since April, she has been an associate justice of the IU Supreme Court and represented the court on the Commission on Multicultural Understanding.

"I feel honored to work for the Office of the President," Safi said. "It's an exciting time at IU for global and international studies, and it is great having this opportunity to be a part of the expansion and transition to the new school."

When she was awarded the Truman Scholarship, Safi cited her family background as an influence on her interest in international affairs. Her parents are immigrants from Syria, and other family members remain in Syria, which has been torn by civil war for the past two years. She serves on the Board of Aeons, a student group that advises the IU president, and the Hutton Honors College funding board; and she has been a member of the IU Bloomington Committee for Fee Review, interfaith relations chair of the Muslim Student Union and an intern with local social-service agencies.

Presidential interns are high-achieving IU undergraduates who are selected to work in the Office of the President, contributing to the long-term improvement of the university while gaining valuable leadership skills and experience. Previous interns, all former HHC students, were Catherine Krege in 2012-13, Christian Hines in 2011-12, Esther Uduehi in 2010-11 and Miles Taylor in 2009-10.

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