My name is Julia Rhodes, and I’m excited to join NDItech as their new Intern. As a soon-to-be graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, I look forward to pursuing my passion for human rights and finding innovative ways to protect them.
I grew up in Delaware – a state small in size but full of engaged and connected people. From participating in phone-banks for local government to volunteering with Teach For America summer camps, I saw how individuals took advantage of Delaware’s networks to affect change. In college, I liaised with grassroots organizations in internship positions for the House of Representatives, Senate, and White House. From these experiences, I became convinced that the best way to serve individuals is by creating architectures that allow public, private, philanthropic organizations and citizens to collaborate.
My focus on finding systems that promote collective action took me across the globe to the Korean peninsula, where organizations have used satellite technologies to better understand the human rights situation in North Korea. I also studied the technical landscape of North Korea as a research assistant and for my senior thesis. Finally, I spent time in Seoul, South Korea as an intern for a human rights organization and developed standard operating procedures for its social media strategy.
Aside from thinking about technology on the Korean peninsula (and practicing my Korean), I am likely to be fiddling with Python, listening to podcasts, or exploring D.C.’s coffee shops.
I look forward to working with, and learning from, the NDItech team!