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Three generations of GVSU Interfaith Interns 

Kaufman Interfaith Institute’s inter-institutional interfaith cohort is a group of students from Hope College, Aquinas College, Calvin College, and Grand Valley State University.  These students all design programming around interfaith cooperation at their respective campuses as well as work together to improve interfaith relationships in the West Michigan area.  They also all serve on the planning committee for the Made in Michigan Interfaith Lab.  For more information on the intern program, or to get your college or university involved, please contact Kevin McIntosh

Interns Presenting on Interfaith

Interns from GVSU, Hope, and Aquinas presenting at the 2017 Consortium 

Meet the Interns



Field of Study


Anne Elzinga

Hope Interfaith Intern

Religion, Communications, Peace & Justice

Anne is finishing up her senior year at Hope College. She has a major in Religion, and two minors in Communication and Peace & Justice. Anne will be attending Western Seminary in the fall, and hopes to continue doing Interfaith throughout her career.

Manato Jansen

Calvin Interfaith Intern

Sociology, International Development Studies, and Geography

Born and raised in Japan, Manato Jansen is a junior at Calvin College studying Sociology, International Development Studies, and Geography. This is his first year as the Interfaith Intern at Calvin College's Service-Learning Center. Manato is passionate about culture and music, and enjoys traveling, playing music, and learning languages.

Joe Volpe

Aquinas Interfaith Intern

Community Leadership and Communication

Joe is a junior at Aquinas College studying Community Leadership, Political Science and Communication. He is in his first year as the Interfaith Intern at Aquinas but has been involved in Interfaith activities since his freshman year. Joe loves exploring new religious and nonreligious belief systems in a way to better understand his own humanity and spends his free time  with his cat, watching RuPaul's Drag Race.

Sydney Watson

GVSU Interfaith Intern

Public and Non-profit Administration

Sydney Watson is a junior at GVSU studying public and non-profit administration with an emphasis in community development. She is in her second year as the Interfaith Intern through Campus Interfaith Resources. Sydney also works for Convergence, is a coach for Interfaith Youth Core, and works for the local YMCA in childcare. In her free time, Sydney likes to hang out with her family and friends and read books. 

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Interns in the News

Q&A: Interfaith intern talks investment

April 16, 2018

An interview with Manato Jansen our Calvin College Intern

LDS members and Calvin students connect over pizza

March 30, 2018

An article about a recent interfaith program

Interfaith dialogue comes to AQ

November 24, 2015

An article from Aquinas College

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Page last modified July 3, 2018