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Introducing Mission: Cure’s 2021 Summer Intern Cohort

By June 14, 2021No Comments

We are thrilled to introduce this year’s summer intern cohort. The interns hail from a wide variety of institutions, cities, and professional and academic backgrounds. This year’s interns will work on a number of projects including drug repurposing, communications, nonprofit operations, grant management, and patient-centered care models.

Mariel Priven is a rising junior at Tufts University majoring in Community Health and pursuing minors in Economics and Latin American Studies. Mariel is passionate about health equity, journalism, and learning languages. She joined Mission: Cure to contribute to its goals of developing effective patient-centered care and improving the lives of those with pancreatitis.

Emmanuel Oshodi is a student at the University of Rochester, where he majors in Microbiology and minors in Psychology. Currently residing in New York, Emmanuel joined Mission: Cure as an intern to help bring more attention to chronic pancreatitis through research. He is passionate about equality in patient care and clinical trials as he strives to ensure all patients receive appropriate care regardless of their background.

Julia Anne Chan is a rising second-year graduate student at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. Her concentration is in Health Policy and Management. She obtained her undergraduate degree from UCLA with a B.A. in English Literature. She was working at The Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center at UCLA for a little over 7 years before switching gears to pursue her graduate degree. Her background includes project management, insurance and healthcare administration. She is passionate about health equity, affordability and patient-centered care models. Julia is eager and excited to work with Mission: Cure this summer and looks forward to what this experience may bring.

Alexander Kim is a rising senior Communications and Media major at the University of Michigan. Alex is particularly interested in utilizing the photographic medium with graphic design in bettering communication and information translation between organizations and mass audiences in the hope of more ethical and inclusive advertising. When not at work, Alex enjoys going to jazz clubs and playing the acoustic guitar.

Nathalie Rataj has been a communications intern at Mission: Cure since spring 2021, and will continue working alongside the Communications Coordinator during the summer. She holds a Bachelor of Cultural and Social Anthropology from the University of Vienna and is currently pursuing a Master in International Relations at Central European University in Vienna, Austria.


Leo Caronchi is a current 10th grader at Naples High School and will be moving up to 11th grade next year. He is interested in computer science and engineering. Leo joined Mission Cure because he wants to learn more about pancreatitis and prepare himself for the future.