Social Work Intern
Ms. Karen Solano is currently a graduate student at the Rutgers School of Social Work, taking classes in both the New Brunswick and Newark campus in New Jersey. She graduated from Rutgers University – Newark, completing her bachelor’s degree in Social Work and minoring in Psychology. While at Rutgers University – Newark, Ms. Solano was inducted into the Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor’s Society. Then in her finally year, she became an Hermana of Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc. where she served as the Public Relations Chair for the remainder of the semester.
Ms. Solano’s past experiences include an internship with the YMCA: Newark and Vicinity – Evening Reporting Center. The position introduced her to the challenges adolescents face within their environment. As an intern, she was able to provide support and supervision to adolescents in order to decrease the recidivism rate for youth on probation. Additionally, she was an intern at La Casa de Don Pedro, where she was introduced to the health disparities within the Newark and surrounding areas. Throughout both her internships, she was exposed to new cultures and the unfortunate reality that few know. She also works at the Office of International Student & Scholar Services (OISS) at Rutgers University – Newark, where she engages and assists over 1,000 international students and scholars with F-1 and J-1 visas. Her internship and work experience accompanied with her knowledge of injustice helped shape her interest in social problems that occur around the world and that massive amounts of individuals are not aware of. She wishes to contribute her knowledge and dedication during her stay at the International Justice Project, while also learning more about the organization and how she can contribute.