My Summer at Uyghur Next Gen

Eyal Yakoby, COL ’24, Princeton, NJ

This summer I interned for Uyghur Next Gen, a U.S.-based non-profit dedicated to raising money for Uyghurs relocating to Turkey. Thus far, Uyghur Next Gen has funded the construction of a school that will teach hundreds of Uyghurs in Istanbul, Turkey. This experience has shifted my worldview and made me recognize our privileges living in the United States.

Most of the internship focused on organizing the annual Uyghur Next Gen 24-hour marathon hosted in New Jersey. This event is the primary source of where our donations come from. My task was to plan out the event, focusing on food/drinks, securing permits, contracting for our race medals, and advertising for the event. I worked in tandem with the founder of the non-profit shadowing him, as well as spearheading some of my own tasks.

Where I provided the most value was in a website redesign, through providing a live leader-board format, and advertising, where I ran the social media account creating posts about Uyghurs. Some of the write-ups included how Uyghur cuisine is spreading throughout the world, current refugee relocation efforts, and China’s government actions.

This internship provided me with a great experience, while also focusing on skills such as
planning, organization, and teamwork.

This is part of a series of posts by recipients of the 2022 Career Services Summer Funding Grant. We’ve asked funding recipients to reflect on their summer experiences and talk about the industries in which they spent their summer. You can read the entire series here.

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