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1999 Summer Fellows
Julian Cook worked at the Endeavor Initiative, a non-for profit organization that acts as a venture catalyst in emerging markets and provides entrepreneurs access to knowledge and capital. Julian worked with the CEO of Southern Winds, a start-up airline company in Argentina, to raise further equity and establish strategic partnerships with local organizations.
Elizabeth Riker interned with the Education Development Center (EDC), a U.S based nonprofit that conducts educational development work worldwide. Elizabeth worked on an educational reform project in Guinea West Africa, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Bank. Elizabeth assisted EDC in evaluating and improving its Guinean educational materials to establish national achievement standards, and developed a distribution plan to reach the country’s primary schools given transport and infrastructure challenges. In addition, she set up two pilot programs at local schools to test and evaluate these materials, with performance measures that were adapted to local conditions.
Joe Rooney worked with the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance (CDVCA), an international nonprofit dedicated to promoting the use of the venture capital model for economic development. Joe developed a web strategy for CDVCA, and developed and presented a case study at CDVCA’s national conference, which examined a work-out situation in which an investment fund has placed capital in a struggling company, and the COO of the fund has to decide whether or not to invest further to save the company.
Isaac Halpern worked on a cause marketing campaign for The Advertising Council
Social Enterprise Summer Fellows
“My experience working with communities in India and Africa, as well as on developing public-private partnerships with government and non-profit agencies, convinced me of the need for innovative approaches to international development”
“I see entrepreneurs as the key leverage point in development, so interning at Ashoka made perfect sense.”
Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy
“This internship matched my interest in harnessing the power and resources in the for profit sector to effect social change.”