2016 Summer Internship Program

Through our 2016 summer internship program, CAI has been able to invite four new faces to our team of individuals dedicated to voicing concerns and accomplishments within the Canadian Arab community. CAI’s commitment to engaging youth in the discussion has allowed for each of our summer interns to develop themselves professionally while learning the topics of conversation relating to the community.

Each of our interns brings with her experiences in her respective field which are positively impacting CAI’s outreach. The Canadian Arab Institute has recognizes the importance of promoting and creating opportunities for young people to develop with the support of their community. In establishing our CAI Academy, we hope to spread our impact on young Canadian Arabs by encouraging their community engagement and developing their leadership potential. Sahar El-Kotob, Juliana Hayden, Yara Salama, and Layla Yahya have been welcomed as CAI’s newest summer team members.


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Juliana Hayden, Development Coordinator Intern

Juliana is a 4th year undergraduate at McGill University where she studies history and political economy. As the Development Intern at CAI, she sources corporate sponsorship and most recently has been busy drafting a grant proposal. When she is not buried under textbooks or searching for sustainable sources of funding, she loves to travel and is an avid reader.

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Yara Salama, Communications Intern

Yara is in her third year of political science at the University of Toronto. As the Communications Intern at CAI, she is responsible for updating CAI's social media, website and sending out newsletters to our subscribers. In her free time, Yara loves exploring Toronto’s diverse neighborhoods, binge-watching documentaries on Netflix, and discovering new music.

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Sahar El-Kotob, Project Coordinator Intern

Sahar works as CAI’s Project Coordinator and is currently planning our youth campus ambassador and upcoming CAI Academy mentorship programs, both of which are targeted towards youth professional and personal development. Her interests include photography, taking care of her plant babies, and satisfying her inner foodie by exploring new restaurants and baking delicious desserts.

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Layla Yahya, Graphic Design Volunteer

Layla recently graduated from OCAD University where she majored in environmental design and architecture. She joined the CAI team as a volunteer graphic designer and has been utilizing her knowledge of presentation design concepts and software to create visual documents and infographics. Besides spending hours staring at her computer screen, Layla enjoys painting, eating, and singing in empty parking lots.