Encouraging and Engaging Students

Since 2020, CAF has taken part in New York City Columbia College’s Navab Fellow Internship Program, which allows “students to explore potential career paths, gain essential professional skills, and expand personal networks in preparation for life after graduation.” As part of their engagement with CAF, undergraduates learn about our mission, get a feel for what it’s like to work at a non-profit organization, and explore our programs. Their tasks include updating our website with the latest information from current and former grantees, and interview and write features on some of them.

In 2020, we welcomed Vivian Qiu and Isabel Schmidt. Isabel interviewed Turkish academic Ayten Alkan (a 2017 CAF grantee) while Vivian Qiu profiled CAF grantees “scienartist” Gal Nissim, poet Donald Vincent, visual artist Colleen Plumb, and broadcaster Yuan-Chih Lung.

In 2021, we welcomed Makenna Cherry and Mary Qiu (left and right respectively), who reflected on their experience both before and after spending their six weeks at CAF. Makenna profiled CAF grantee and filmmaker Marisa Miller Wolfson, while Mary conducted an interview with CAF grantees filmmaker Liz Marshall and Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan of Our Hen House, on the occasion of the 600th episode of their podcast.

CAF is delighted to build the skills and provide exposure to young people, and we welcome applicants from other young people looking to engage with non-profits, animal rights, scholarship, and the arts—whether through Navab or not. For more information and to apply, contact admin [at] cultureandanimals [dot] org.


“Learning and experiencing the works of scholars and artists has encouraged me to contemplate my personal ethics towards animals, which will carry beyond this fellowship and to the rest of my life.”—Mary Qiu