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International Student Interns

International Student Interns assist students with social, academic, and educational support during their summer experience at UCI. They aim to foster cultural exchange and ease cultural acclimation for international students. They are all current UCI students and may even be taking the same courses as international students. Check out the 2016 International Mentors below!

Meet the 2016 International Student Interns

Ayushi Patel Ayushi Hitesh Patel
Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2019
(From Gujarat, India)


Hello everyone! My name is Ayushi and I am from India. I lived in India for all of my life until I first came to UCI; however, UCI feels like home to me. I hope that I can help you have the same amazing experience as I had when I was a participant in Freshman Edge and help you discover the beautiful side of UCI! I am looking forward to spending a beautiful Southern California summer with you all.

Deni Molina Deni Molina
Biological Sciences Major, Medical Anthropology Minor, Class of 2017
(From Palm Springs, California)


My name is Deni Molina and this is my second year at UCI. Not too long ago, I was in your shoes as a Summer Bridge student. The support you receive is incredible and definitely prepares you for the years ahead of you. I love traveling, meeting new people, and learning about all the different cultures out there. I cannot wait to meet all of you and help you feel at home!

Diana Lee Diana Lee
Classics, Class of 2017
(From Los Angeles, CA)


Hello! My name is Diana and I'm from Los Angeles, California and I am currently a third year at UCI. During my time as a student staff member at UCI Summer Session, I've met with countless international students during a variety of events. Meeting these students allowed my interest for diverse cultures grow into a passion, and so I hope to use my experience with this program to study abroad soon. I look forward to an amazing summer with you all!

Jacob Aquino Jacob Aquino
Business Economics Major, Minor in Management, Class of 2017
(From San Diego, CA)


Hello everyone! My name is Jacob and I was born and raised in San Diego, California and now making memories in Irvine (I guess you can call me a California Boy). This past summer, I had the opportunity of meeting some of our visiting international students and it almost literally opened up a whole new world to me. I met some very interesting students from all over the world from countries I can only dream of visiting. Being able to share my love for my university, state, and country and learn the same from students around the world has made this summer program one I am too excited to begin.

Sam Chen Sam (Ziwen) Chen
Business Administration and Quantitative Economics, Class of 2018
(From Anhui, China)


Hello everyone, my name is Sam and I am a sophomore international student from China. Freshman Edge is the place where I started my anteater career at UCI, so I am dedicated to our program to help you with not only your academic concerns, but also with any campus inquires. I want to meet you and share my experiences with you! I hope you can take advantage of our program and have a good summer!