Summer 2021 Student Grantees

May 26, 2021

In lieu of the Center’s regular Summer Travel Grants, CAS has offered funding for remote Africa-related internships and independent research projects for Summer 2021. It is with great pleasure that the Harvard Center for African Studies shares the following students who have received support to pursue virtual internships and research projects over the summer.


Summer Internship

  • Char Deslandes (College ’22) - UNDP South Africa Communications and Knowledge Management Internship
    Char Deslandes
    Char Deslandes is a junior (rising senior) at Harvard College pursuing undergraduate studies in History and Literature with a secondary field in Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights. Whilst Harvard is her home institution, she spent the 20/21 academic year at Oxford University as a visiting scholar. Outside of academics, Char is an active member of the Harvard community, and serves as the Chief Business Director of FIG magazine and VP of External Affairs for the Black Pre-Law Association. She is also the President Emerita of the Harvard Caribbean Club. As an international student from London, UK, of Jamaican heritage, Char is super excited to work with UNDP this summer as she hopes to have a fulfilling career with a global scope.
  • Aaryan Morrison, (College ’22) - Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa (HACSA) Foundation & HACSA-USA Communications Internship
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    Aaryan Morrison is a junior at Harvard College, where she is concentrating in Social Studies with a focus on decolonization in Sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, she is interested in the history of independence movements and decolonial politics in Tanzania and South Africa. She has been involved with the Center for African Studies since her first semester on campus. She has taken two years of Kiswahili, and has previously served as an intern for the United Nations Development Program in South Africa. Most recently, she has worked as an editor for the Africa Policy Journal, a student publication at the Harvard Kennedy School, and as a storytelling and cultural immersion specialist for the City of Mobile in Alabama as it works to cultivate tourism efforts in the historically Black community of Africatown.
  • Richard Reid, (College ’23) - Wellness Africa Foundation Fundraising and Partnerships Internship
    Richard Reid
    Richard Reid is a sophomore at Harvard College studying Applied Math & Economics.  When he is not in the library, he's likely to be found at the boathouse rowing for the Harvard Varsity lightweight crew team.  During quarantine, he's picked up road cycling and chess. He is particularly interested in the economic development of African nations, especially with the proliferation of micro banking systems and cryptocurrencies.  Currently, he is on a gap semester working as a teacher at the Buckingham Browne & Nichols school, but plans to return to campus this fall.
  • Samuel Zana, (College ’23) - Pembe Web Design and Operations Optimizations Internship
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    Sam Zana is from Zimbabwe and studies Computer Science with a secondary in African Studies. He is a proud resident of Pforzheimer House and is passionate about math, tech, and social impact. He is a member of the Harvard Computer Society Tech for Social Good (T4SG) and plays Futsal and Intramural Soccer when on campus. Sam is excited to be interning with Pembe this summer!


Independent Research Internships

  • Emily Berlinghof (College ’24) - diiVe Virtual Internship, South Africa
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    Emily Berlinghof is a sophomore at Harvard University, where she is a member of the varsity field hockey team. Prior to DiiVe, she worked for an international sports company, a commercial real estate company, and coached youth sports. Prior to Harvard, Emily was a member of the U.S. U17 Women’s National Field Hockey Team. Emily is a sports enthusiast who loves to travel and currently resides in the Netherlands.
  • Rheede Erasmus (College ’22) - Research on Land Reform Discourse in South Africa post-Apartheid
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    Rheede Erasmus is a rising senior in the College, born and raised in South Africa. Since arriving at Harvard, he has always known that he would largely use the opportunities here to better understand the nation and surrounding regions that he comes from. He has a large interest in the socio-economically complex issues in South Africa in particular, largely informed by his experience of growing up in South Africa as an Afrikaans boy. This has urged him to study this region through the Social Studies department, where he is writing he CAS-funded undergraduate thesis on Land Reform in South Africa, under the guidance of Professor Jean Comaroff from the Anthropology department, and Professor Stephen Marglin from the Economics department.
  • Daniel Milavsky (College ’24) - diiVe Virtual Internship, South Africa
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    Daniel Milavsky is from Needham, Massachusetts, he is currently a first-year at Harvard University who is undecided in a major, but leaning towards Economics. He is also a member of the Varsity Men's Tennis Team.


Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

  • Prince Jenkins (Harvard Divinity School '22), Intermediate Zulu
  • Nicholas Judt (Harvard Divinity School '22), Intermediate Arabic
  • Adnan Wood-Smith (GSAS '25), Beginner Wolof
  • Aqib Zakaria (College '25), Intermediate Arabic