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2003 Summer Fellows
John Amore worked in the Political Risk Insurance Department at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a U.S. government agency that issues political risk insurance for U.S. companies investing in emerging markets. He conducted due diligence on projects and quantifying macroeconomic risks in specific emerging markets.
Martina Banovac is one of two CORPS Fellows that worked with the Robin Hood Foundation. The foundation's mission is to fight poverty in New York City through assistance in five areas: education, early childhood, youth, after-school programs and job training. Martina worked with the Special Projects Team on the Library Initiative, which seeks to build library facilities in NYC elementary schools and introduce literacy-based programs.
Christina Flynn interned with Common Ground Community, an organization that provides supportive housing programs to formerly homeless adults. Common Ground also operates two Ben & Jerry's scoop shops in Manhattan, which provide job training for tenants and generate revenues for their programs. Chris helped Common Ground develop a new earned income venture to sell the works of its resident artists, who make up 20% of the tenant population.
Kathleen Gunn also joined the Special Projects Team at the Robin Hood Foundation to work on the Library Initiative. She worked on developing strategic plans for the literacy program, including a parental involvement component and a mentoring model.
Leah Hamilton interned at Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a nonprofit intermediary organization that helps resident-led community development organizations transform distressed communities into healthy ones through capital, training, technical expertise and information. Leah assisted with the development of the LISC Education Facilities fund/loan pool by researching similar funds, structuring the underwriting and assessment criteria, creating a financial model and producing outreach materials for investors.
Ben Kornfeind assisted a new start-up nonprofit in Harlem called SEARCH (Stop Environmental Asthma.Restore Children's Health). SEARCH aims to decrease incidences of childhood asthma in the worst-hit neighborhoods in NYC by raising public awareness, and advancing an interdisciplinary research and remediation program. Ben worked to establish the program's infrastructure and increase its capacity. He led a market study of NYC neighborhoods, developed training materials to enable replication of the program and developed a new business plan.
Wing-See Leung worked with Community Development Venture Capital Alliance (CDVCA), a nonprofit that brings together more than 100 community development venture capital funds in a regular forum to explore best practices and share resources and experiences. Wing-See's tasks included writing a business plan for CDVCA's training program, researching and developing a venture capital funds database, and researching social impact metrics for the CDVCs.
Amanda Luke was one of 3 CORPS fellows that worked as an eMBA Summer Associate with Endeavor Global, a nonprofit organization that fosters entrepreneurship in emerging markets by helping aspiring business people raise financing, enter new markets and form strategic partnerships. Amanda assisted the CEO of a women's apparel company in Uruguay expand its markets.
Alissa Peck was the Marketing Intern with the Global Consumer Products Division of Sesame Workshop, a nonprofit educational institution that aims to make a difference in the lives of children from all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. The Workshop distributes to childcare and literacy organizations at no cost, and its programming includes Sesame Street, Dragon Tales and Sagwa. Alissa developed the marketing plan for Plaza Sesamo, a program targeted to the Hispanic market.
Federico Rossignoli worked with Idealist.org, a project of Action Without Borders that serves as an online resource and information exchange center for individuals and nonprofits worldwide. More than 33,000 nonprofit organizations in 165 countries are registered on the site, which posts information about job and volunteer opportunities, news, events, and campaigns. Francisco helped the executive director explore business development opportunities and develop a strategic plan for customer relationship management.
Pedro Ivo Lopes Salomao worked through Endeavor Global to assist the owner of a Brazilian car wash company in restructuring his franchises. Pedro developed a strategic marketing plan and assisted in reengineering the company's core processes.
Rebecca Thomas worked with the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), a development finance institution for nonprofits that provides financing and advisory services to help nonprofits fill their general capital needs. Rebecca helped NFF implement the first stage of its Comprehensive Capitalization Initiative, which will produce education and training materials to raise awareness among nonprofits, government agencies and funders about the direct impact of capital structure on programs and capacity.
Carolina Uribe worked with a software company in Uruguay on a project for Endeavor Global. Her main task was to help design more efficient operations for the company, Infocorp, to facilitate its successful operation in Puerto Rico and eventual growth to other markets internationally.
Rodrigo Vargas worked with the National Capital Revitalization Corporation (NCRC), a publicly chartered entrepreneurial corporation committed to revitalizing underserved neighborhoods throughout the District of Columbia through initiatives and partnerships designed to enhance job creation, community amenities, and citizen empowerment. Rodrigo worked on several urban renewal projects in Columbia Heights and on the redevelopment of the Southwest Waterfront.
Shazi Visram's internship with Solar Household Energy (SHE), Inc. is a continuation of the work she began as a member of the student club MIDI (Managers in International Development Initiative). SHE's mission is to alleviate poverty and environmental degradation in the developing world through the manufacture and distribution of low-cost solar cooking devices to people in need. Shazi's summer goals included securing additional funding through corporate sponsorship, developing a cost structure and price points for distribution to entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations and developing additional distribution channels through targeted retail stores.
Mya Thazin Win interned with Women's World Banking, a network of microfinance organizations dedicated to expanding women's economic participation and power by opening access to finance, information and markets. Mya worked on a project to evaluate Bolivia's capital markets development, and also helped to enhance WWB's database on microfinance NGOs so that it can better monitor its investments.
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.”