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Volunteers and Interns

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Sam An Mardy, 

Institute of Technology of Cambodia and Institute of Foreign Languages

Web Intern, April-October 2016

Mardy just obtained a Bachelor of Education in English from Institute of Foreign Languages (IFL), and he is also a Fourth year student of Department of Information and Communication Engineering of Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC). During his six-month at ODC, he worked mainly on style and layout with ODC to implement and improve of ODC theme Generation II. Besides, he also contributed in some data entry for mapper team.

“Internship at ODC is my first professional experience which offered me things beyond my expectation. I had good opportunities not only to learn new technologies and practice new skills, but also to understand about the flow of work and meet amazing people. I feel like I am part of a family, and I am very much into the nice working environment and the impactful mission of ODC.”–Sam An Mardy

 

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Romeo Garreau, 

Université de Rennes I

Romeo obtained a Master’s Degree in Environment and Law from Université de Rennes I in France. He was a legal researcher intern at ODC for 6 months, during which he contributed to several topic pages related to the environment and natural resources in Cambodia. Romeo also worked along with the data and mapping team, and represented ODC at promotional events such as Barcamp, Inno-Tech Festival and Science and Engineering Festival.

“My internship brought me a broad understanding of Cambodia’s trends, and it has strengthened my motivation into taking action for environmental protection. It also enabled me to understand better the value of information and the importance of transparency.” Romeo Garreau

 
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Chhay Vannlyhoung,

 Royal University of Law and Economics

Lyhoung is a third-year student at the Royal University of Law and Economics (RULE). Lyhoung’s help was fundamental in building the ODC Compendium of Laws page by researching law texts and organizing them for upload based on the ODC taxonomy. Lyhoung also assisted ODC editors in collecting information for the news archive and press release pages.

“I think I cannot forget my lovely time at ODC because ODC staff are kind, cooperative and friendly. They have a sense of humor, too. Even though it was my first time as an intern, I felt comfortable with them and I got a lot of experience from them as well as my tasks.” — Chhay Vannlyhoung

 
Lisa

Lisa Zhao,

 Columbia Law School

Lisa is now in China starting a tech company with her partners. She came to ODC after her first year of law school at Columbia Law School in the U.S.A. During her internship, she prepared a draft briefing paper on Chinese investment in the Mekong region and its impacts. Besides doing research, Lisa contributed to in-house hackathons such as dataset review and metadata development parties.

“I enjoyed my time at ODC with all the great, hard-working and passionate co-workers! I learned so much about Cambodia’s economic development. It was very interesting to assess developments from different perspectives. ODC is doing great work in Cambodia and I hope the regional website will launch soon and provide public information to the region!” – Lisa Zhao

 
Liz

Elizabeth Buner,

 William and Mary School of Law

Liz is a student at William and Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.A. During her time in Cambodia, Liz conducted research and drafted a briefing paper on rubber production in the Mekong and updated a briefing paper on Cambodia’s agricultural policy. Besides doing research, Liz contributed to in-house hackathons such as dataset review and metadata development parties.

 
Ross

Ross Natividad,

 William and Mary School of Law

Ross is a student at William and Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.A. He interned at ODC from May to July 2014 and conducted research and drafted a briefing paper on Cambodia’s rubber industry. Besides doing research, Ross contributed to in-house hackathons such as dataset review and metadata development parties.

“My internship surpassed all expectations, and I am so thankful and fortunate to have been able to work at ODC. I’ve become knowledgeable about a myriad of legal, environmental, and human rights issues ongoing in Cambodia. I even got a taste of Khmer culture by traveling throughout the country, learning bits of the language, and tasting new and exotic foods. But without a doubt, the best part of my experience was getting to know the inspiring people at ODC. I will always remember the professionalism, kindness, and friendship they showed me during my unforgettable three months in Cambodia. Aw-koon-ch’ran ODC!” — Ross Nativdad

 
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Kong Cheeko,

 Royal University of Law and Economics

Cheeko graduated with a Bachelor of Khmer Law degree at Royal University of Law and Economics in 2013 and completed the English language-based Bachelor of Law (ELBBL) degree program from the same university in August 2014. During his time at ODC, Cheeko contributed to the building of the ODC Compendium of Law page. He helped identifying relevant law texts and organized them for uploading based on ODC’s taxonomy. He also assisted the ODC editorial team in idenfitying press releases and conducting translations to be included in the website.

“I have gained a lot of experience working with ODC’s staff as a legal research intern. ODC’s team is friendly and I am thankful to be a member of this team. ” — Kong Cheeko

 
Poy Kimsan

Poy Kimsan,

 Passerelles Numériques Cambodia

IT Intern, Apr-May 2014

Kimsan is ODC’s first IT intern. Kimsan is a first-year student from the Passerelles Numériques Cambodia, a French NGO focusing on providing IT training to qualified and deserving young Cambodians. Kimsan worked with ODC’s IT team to further develop and maintain the Compendium of Law page.

 
Luke Flanagan

Luke Flanagan,

 University of Sydney

IT Intern, Jan 2014

Luke studies information systems and biological science at the University of Sydney. While having a one-month break between his volunteer assignment in Vietnam and before the new semester started, Luke assisted ODC’s IT team to improve the current spatial database in MySQL and conducted testing on preparations for establishing a standard spatial database structure.

 
Greg

Greg Bem,

 University of Washington

Library System & Information Management Intern, Sep-Dec 2013

Greg is a graduate student from the University of Washington’s Information School in Seattle. He interned for ODC, focusing on library support.

When not thinking, reading, talking, and writing about libraries and information exchange in the 21st century, Greg enjoys poetry and the arts, and writes critically about computer games. Since moving to Cambodia, he has fallen in love with eating ខ្ចៅ (khyoah, or ‘small snail’).

Follow his travel blog (cambodianbem.wordpress.com) and his internship blog (khmerbembrarian.wordpress.com), and follow him on Twitter @CambodianBem.

 
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Chan Vidarith, 

Macalester College

Research Intern, Jun-Aug 2013

Vidarith is from Macalester College in the U.S.A. While conducting a research project with the ILO Better Factory Cambodia in summer 2013, Vid interned with ODC as a part-time Research Intern. He prepared a briefing paper on the garment and textiles industry and a pilot paper on working conditions in exporting and non-exporting garment and textiles industry in Cambodia.

 
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Rim Reach,

 Royal University of Agriculture

Volunteer Mapper, Apr-Aug 2013

Reach is a student at the Royal University of Agriculture. Reach volunteered as a student mapper with ODC in summer 2013. During his time at ODC, Reach was trained by ODC mappers to use various mapping applications. By the end of his time with ODC, Reach was able to help the ODC mappers with image classifications for a forest cover change project.

 
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Peat Pich Somneat, 

Royal University of Agriculture

Volunteer Mapper, Apr-Aug 2013

Somneat is a student at the Royal University of Agriculture. Neat volunteered as a student mapper with ODC in Summer 2013. During his time at ODC, Neat was trained to conduct desk research, collect spatial data, and prepare datasets for mapping. By the end of his time with ODC, Neat was able to help the ODC mappers update the concessions data generated from the Cambodian royal sub-decree monthly newsletters.

 
Jessica

Jessica Duval,

 Universite Libre de Bruxelles

Jessica is pursuing a Master in Public Law at Universite Libre de Bruxelles. Jessica spent her summer with ODC as a legal research intern, during which time she completed a briefing paper on the law and judiciary sector in Cambodia, and collected more than 2000 law texts to build a compendium of law for the ODC Law & Regulations page.

 
Matthew Warren

Matthew Warren, 

Santa Clara University

Matt is from Santa Clara University School of Law in the USA. He came to ODC after his first year, and he prepared a draft briefing paper on Cambodia’s legal framework for investment, as well as a pilot paper on Cambodia’s Labor Law.

“I really loved my time at ODC, and I learned a great deal about the structure of government in Cambodia. ODC’s staff are fantastic and talented, and it is great to know that they are continuing to work to provide much-needed public information to the population!” – Matt Warren.

 
Atif

Atif Choudhury,

 William and Mary School of Law

Atif is a first-year law student at William and Mary School of Law in the USA. He came to ODC after his first year, and he prepared a draft briefing paper on Cambodia’s elections and collected data for ODC’s anticipated regional page. Atif called his experience at ODC “a bold and eye-opening adventure”. He wrote about his experience on the William and Mary School blog.

“As a clueless, rising 2L law student who had not even had the opportunity to take an American election law class (much less possess any familiarity with Cambodian election law), I have to admit the responsibility of being in charge of such a hugely important task was a bit daunting. Yet as I began researching Cambodia’s electoral history and framework of governance and pored over the finer details of the Law on Election of Members of the National Assembly (or LEMNA, as it is affectionately known), I began to adapt and mold the project as my own.” – Atif Choudhury

 
Katherine

Katherine L. Hart,

 Texas Wesleyan School of Law

Katherine was a graduate student from the Texas Wesleyan School of Law. Katherine spent her summer in 2013 with ODC, during which she completed a briefing paper on the Cambodian health sector. Currently, Katherine is working for AlliedBarton Security Services and still studying international security, medicine, and legal policy.

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