Raina Kadavil


Boston University | expected graduation: December 2018

Bachelor of Arts in International Relations

Minor in Economics

Imperial College of London: Spring 2017

University of Sydney: Summer 2016



Kaplan, Inc.                                                                                                                                

            New Ventures Intern: October 2017 – Present

  • Develop communications strategies for new product launches and explore new customer bases
  • Analyze brand performance and predict qualitative and quantitative success of potential ventures
  • Research competitor products and strategies and work to incorporate them into our products
  • Generate brand marketing strategies based on analysis of consumer insights and present this to upper leve teams
  • Support a larger team in concept development and offer recommendations for marketing strategies


           Lead Marketing InternApril 2017 – Present                                                                                                               

  • Design campus-specialized communications strategies to advertise the Kaplan brand among pre-professional groups
  • Leverage social media to spread Kaplan name recognition in Boston and nationally
  • Successfully run Kaplan social media campaigns and conduct presentations about Kaplan initiatives
  • Oversee other Kaplan interns around Boston to maximize engagement


United Nations Association of Greater Boston                                                                              

            Conference Operations Manager: September 2017 – Present

  • Manage finances and logistics of 8 conferences over the course of 6 months encompassing over 4,000 attendees
  • Conduct financial analysis and model for future conference budgets
  • Manage a budget of over $50,000 and oversee registrants’ accounting
  • Conduct outreach to maximize registration and maintain frequent communication with registrants
  • Negotiate with university and hotel venues around Boston
  • Manage all logistics including merchandise, staff and venue schedules, and conference materials


Boston University Academy

            Teaching Substitute: September 2017 – Present

  • Cover English, physics, music, and other classes when teachers are absent
  • Monitor the class and help students with coursework


The Youth Assembly at the United Nations: New York, NY

            Program Coordinator & Communications Specialist: October 2014 – August 2017

  • Point person for conference operations: Organized and ran bi-annual conferences of 1,000+ delegates each at the UN
  • Researched and acquired speakers and workshop leaders from around the world and coordinated with UN NGOs, UN Missions, UNDP and UNOP offices, UN logistics members, and Microsoft
  • Ran PR and social media campaigns advertising the conference globally
  • Conducted research and developed a report on action and success in global Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Addressed 1,000+ delegates at the General Assembly Hall; Moderated two panels on sustainable development and youth


The Office of Rt Hon David Lammy, MP: London, United Kingdom                                                                                             

              Policy, Casework, and Communications Intern: January – April 2017

  • Conducted background research and aided constituents through legal casework including immigration and housing
  • Managed communications from constituents and created and distributed a monthly newsletter
  • Conducted research for debates and helped to write MP’s speeches
  • Wrote policy briefings, articles, and press releases on foreign policy issues especially Brexit and terrorism
  • Accompanied the MP to meetings and debates in Parliament and compiled PR material from events


Boston University International Affairs Association                                                                      

            Marketing Director on the Executive Board: April 2016 – January 2017

  • Doubled event and meeting attendance by running creative social media campaigns on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook
  • Designed flyers, posters, signs, and videos, and organized marketing events
  • Developed and successfully managed the first ever Marketing Board


Boston Area Model United Nations Conference                                                   

             Chief of Staff  October 2015 – October 2016                                                                                                         

  • Ran a conference of 200+ staff and 600+ delegates: designed and conducted interviews, trained staff, reviewed staff work, designed conference committees, handled last-minute crises
  • Researched and designed new tactics for staff training and development, and ran staff events


The International Commission of Jurists: Sydney, Australia

            President’s Policy Analysis Intern: June-July 2016

  • Research legal issues and prepare summaries of state government legislation
  • Identify key threats to human rights in Australian legislature
  • Present reports at monthly ICJ meetings
  • Work with the President of the ICJ to organize meetings and reports
  • Attend bi-monthly Mental Health Review Tribunal meetings


ActionAid Australia: Sydney, Australia

            Media Intern: June-July 2016

  • Organize the “Mt. Kilimanjaro Initiative” to empower rural women in Africa to fight for their land rights, including coordination with ActionAid partners and Australian media sources
  • Research case studies of women affected by female genital mutilation
  • Write and publish press releases and blog posts
  • Create trailer videos from footage compiled in Uganda


Creative Consequences: Law, Business and Regulation Advisory: Sydney, Australia

            Research Assistant: July 2016

  • Research Alternative Business Structures in England, Wales, and Australia
  • Create multilateral reports on the function and significance of existing ABS’s


The Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, MA

           Museum Ambassador: September 2015-December 2016

  • Give tours and presentations on various galleries and specific pieces to patrons
  • Educate the public about art and art history
  • Help monitor and organize Museum events


Global Ambassadors – White Plains, NY

             Co-Founder, President (2009 – 2015), Consultant (2015 – present)

  • Organize and manage a group of 200+ youth ages K-12: educate them about the Sustainable Development Goals through art and technology and engage and empower them to get active in their communities
  • Raise funds ($2000+) to build fresh water facilities in the Gesusu Chibwobi School in Nyanza, Kenya
  • Write and receive grants
  • Organize and run annual community-wide service events
  • Design and update website, and develop and run all social media and advertising for events and fundraising campaigns
  • Organize videoconferences between schools in US, Sweden, India, Yemen, New Zealand, UK.


REACT News: White Plains, NY; Boston, MA

            Co-Founder, President: September 2010 – Present

  • Anchor TV episodes about social and international issues
  • Manage master schedule and find interviewees
  • Teach students how to write scripts, conduct interviews, and use TV studio technology (tricaster, teleprompter, mics, lights, iMovie, Final Cut)
  • Film and edit episodes

Featured interviewees include the EU Ambassador to the UN; the Danish Ambassador to the U.S.; and the Romanian Ambassador to the UN.

Re-founded REACT News at Boston University in November 2015 and negotiated a contract to merge with BUTV10.


United Nations Association of Southern New York: New York, NY

Intern: May 2013 – August 2015

  • Speak at the United Nations and the New York Times Building about the UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda
  • Organize conferences about Sustainable Development
  • Develop the “World I Want” video contest to raise awareness among youth



International Relations Review: Boston, MA                                                                                            April 2017 – Present


  • Manage Boston University’s award-winning foreign policy journal with a readership of over 3,000
  • Write and edit articles, op-eds, and essays and manage layout design
  • Develop and conduct all social media and physical marketing
  • Negotiate with businesses for advertisement and sponsors and manage the $4,000+ budget
  • Increased journal size by 8 pages and added a book reviews section and REACT News as a digital branch
  • Organized and ran the IRR’s first ever launch party with 100+ in attendance.


“The Voice of Thunder”                                                                                                  August 2015


Young Adult Fiction Novel, 497 pages


Huffington Post: New York, NY                                                                                                   August 2015 – January 2017

Blog Writer



How Thailand Reshaped Public Health: Explaining the Diffusion of Policy Models from the Global Periphery       June – December 2017


The Impact of Climate Change on Limulus Polyphemus Populations and Breeding Patterns Along the Northeast U.S. Coast

Placed 2nd in Westchester Science and Engineering Competition                                               September 2012- June 2015


2016     UN General Assembly Hall, SDG #12

2016     Sustainability Panel, 16th UN Youth Assembly

2016     Women’s Club Fundraising Fashion Show Gala

2015     White Plains Youth Bureau 45th Anniversary Gala 2015         Zonta International District 3 Conference

2015     14th Youth Assembly at the United Nations

2014     UNA-USA’s UN Day: 70th Anniversary Event

2014     Featured in United Nations’ 2014 Day of the Girl 2014         HHREC Institute at Manhattanville College

2015     HHREC Institute at Iona College

2014     Solomon Schechter Human Rights Assembly

2013     UNA-USA “Post 2015 Development” Conference



2015     Coca Cola Scholarship

2015     American Association of University Women Excellence in Writing Award

2015     Claes Nobel Academic Scholarship

2015     The President’s Volunteer Service Award

2015     Zonta International Scholarship: Regional, District, International

2014     Nobel Week: Sweden Travel Ambassador

2014     City of White Plains Youth of the Year

2014     ABC Service Grant Recipient

2014     AXA Community Scholarship

2013     ADO Youth in Philanthropy Award

2013     Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Aw


Languages: English, Malayalam (fluent); Spanish (7 years), Arabic (2 semesters)

Digital: iMovie, Audacity, Photoshop, InDesign, Canva, WordPress, Jimdo, HTML code, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MailChimp


View an extended list of my skills and a summary of my work experience here.