Bethesda Internships

Bethesda: WMI has slots for three-four college interns each summer in Bethesda, Maryland. Summer Internships in Bethesda are for four weeks, approximately June 5 - June 30. College interns must be available during the entire internship time period. The main summer intern project is loan program evaluation. Interns review and compile client survey information, analyze data, and prepare fact books reporting impact results from program operations. Interns may also update web site information, prepare grant requests, and create social media posts.

Internships are available at other times of the year on an as-needed basis. Email WMI to enquire about internships at times other than the summer.

Summer internship positions in Bethesda have been filled for 2021.


2020/2021 Social Media Intern

Cindy Matsiko - 2020/21 Social Media Intern
Cindy Matsiko

Cindy Matsiko
is a rising sophomore at University of Maryland Baltimore County and lives in Germantown, Maryland. She is studying Psychology and Africana studies and pursuing a certificate in Elementary education. On campus, she is involved with the Food Recovery Network, which combats food waste, and the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. With family roots in Buyobo, she has visited the village several times and has met the local leadership team. She is excited to be handling WMI's social media and documenting the impact micro- loans can have on the women as individuals as well as the community as a whole.

2018 Grant Writing Intern

Hannah Kahl - 2018 Grant Writing Intern
Hannah Kahl

Hannah Kahl
Previously serving as the WMI Fellow in Buyobo, Uganda, Hannah returned to the USA and has rejoined the WMI team for a 6 month stint as a grant writing fellow. She is researching grant opportunities for WMI, developing presentation materials and drafting grant applications. Her in-depth knowledge of the organization's operations has been a significant benefit to our team.

Fall 2017 Intern

Reaiah Moses - Fall 2017 Intern
Reaiah Moses

Reaiah Moses is serving as a WMI intern this fall, researching potential grant opportunities and creating applications on behalf of the organization. She is a junior at The George Washington University, double majoring in International Affairs and Economics with a concentration in international development. Her primary interest lies in providing women with equal economic opportunities and access in developing nations. Outside of her academics, she enjoys hiking, singing, and participating in community service. Reaiah is eager to bring her passion for microfinance and women's empowerment to WMI this year.

Spring 2017 Intern

Maya Andresino - Spring 2017 Intern
Maya Andresino

Maya Andresino is serving as a research intern with WMI to help organize grant data and update our social media. She is a recent graduate of The Edmund Burke School in Washington D.C. and will be starting her freshman year at Georgetown University in the fall. Maya first learned about WMI while doing research as a 6th grade student for a school project. She has followed the organization since that time and we were very happy to be able to welcome her to the WMI intern team.

Summer 2016 Bethesda Interns

Summer 2016 Bethesda Interns
Summer 2016 Bethesda Interns:
(L to R) Devoe Arnold, Madeleine Scanio, Sarah Barakso Martin, Marlee Grant

Devoe Arnold (Washington, DC) is a rising junior at Bowdoin College where he is majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Government and Legal Studies. He plans to study in Copenhagen next fall. Working with an NGO in Peru garnered his interest in international development at the community level, which he hopes to explore as a career opportunity. At school, he plays varsity lacrosse and hopes to begin a microfinance club to introduce others to the field and learn more about it.

Sarah Barakso Martin (Chevy Chase, Maryland) Sarah is a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Economics and minoring in Fine Arts and Art History. She is a member of the UPenn branch of 180 Degrees Consulting, where she developed an interest for international impact projects. This summer, she is also working as a consulting intern at Hammer Strategies in Washington, D.C. She is excited to spend her summer exploring D.C. and contributing to WMI!

Marlee Grant is a rising junior at The George Washington University, double majoring in International Affairs-International Economics and Dance. She was a member of the GW Women's Leadership Program for Globalization, Economics, and Business. She has just returned from a semester abroad in Istanbul, Turkey and is excited to be back in the United States, working for the WMI.

Madeleine Scanio is a rising junior at The George Washington University working towards a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. At school, she is an active member of the Women in Business Organization where she works to promote gender equality in the work force. She is looking forward to enjoying her summer with friends and family and working for the WMI.

Summer 2015 Bethesda Interns

Summer 2015 Bethesda Interns
Summer 2015 Bethesda Interns:
clockwise from back row L - Simon, Lucas, Eric, Beki, Caitlan

Simon Amat (Potomac, MD) is a rising sophomore at the University of Virginia where he plans to enter the McIntire School of Commerce, along with working on a double major in Spanish. At school, Simon is a member of the Outdoors Club, the Sigma Chi fraternity, and the Community Affairs Committee in Student Council. He is also a Program Director for Madison House, a volunteer organization at UVA.

Lucas Karron (Bethesda, MD) is a rising junior in the Robert J. Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences at Boston College, majoring in Economics. He plays tenor drums and drum set for the Boston College Marching and Pep Bands, and plays intramural ice hockey. This summer, he is excited to relax with friends and family, and to contribute to WMI.

Caitlin Kennedy (Harrisburg, PA) Caitlin is a rising senior at American University where she is double majoring in International Development and Economics and focusing on Africa. She recently studied abroad in Nairobi, Kenya where she interned for a women's empowerment organization. At American she works as an International and Peer Mentor and is a member of the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority. After graduation Caitlin hopes to return to the African continent to work with entrepreneur and small business development.

Eric Rogers (Rockville, MD) is a rising sophomore at Pepperdine University, majoring in finance. He is a member of Pepperdine's Microfinance Club and an active participant in Campus Ministry. He plans to study abroad his entire sophomore year in Shanghai, China. He enjoys skateboarding and surfing. In addition to the WMI internship this summer, Eric will be announcing, judging, and competing in various skateboarding contests around the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area.

Beki San Martin (Washington, DC) is a rising junior at UVa with a major in English and a minor in Global Sustainability. She is very interested in international development, especially focused on gender issues and women's rights. She enjoys her role as a mentor through the Young Women's Leadership Program, as a sexual assault peer advocate through One Less, and as an ESL tutor for grad students from different countries. She is planning on studying abroad in Madrid next fall and is very excited to experience a new way of life!

Summer 2014 Bethesda Interns

Summer 2014 Bethesda Interns
Summer 2014 Bethesda Interns:
Front row - left to right: Karynne Campbell, Jenna Foster, Carolyn Freeman; Back row - left to right: Rianna Aylward, Dira Djaya, Micheal Rosenberg

WMI's six summer college interns are in residence in Bethesda. They will focus on analyzing the data collected from loan program participants during the past year. In particular, they will track the progress of Masaai women in rural Tanzania who have been in the loan program for over a year. The interns will also work on revising WMI's data collection procedures in rural villages in order to streamline the process. As you can imagine, data collection in rural locations from women who may neither read nor write is an arduous task. The interns will create improved survey tables so that our village-level staff can begin the data compilation (in addition to the actual data collection) at the local level. These college students have also suggested and will implement updates to the WMI web site as well as extend WMI's social media outreach.

Karynne Campbell (Silver Spring, MD) is a rising sophomore at Tufts University, majoring in Economics and Psychology and minoring in Entrepreneurial Leadership. She is an employee at the Office for Campus Life, Social Chair of Tufts' Black Student Union and a member of the varsity crew team.

Rianna Aylward (Wellesley, MA) is a rising junior at Wellesley College where she is majoring in economics and minoring in English. At Wellesley she plays on the women's soccer team, serves on the Student Athlete Advisory Board and is a member of the Apiary Society. This summer she is also working in the Ready for Hillary PAC's headquarters.

Carolyn Freeman (Bethesda, MD) is a rising sophomore at Boston College and double majoring in Economics and English. She also writes for the school newspaper, The Heights, and is a member of the Community Outreach Council. She is the primary social media intern at WMI this summer.

Jenna Foster (Fairfax, VA) is a rising sophomore at Virginia Tech where she plans to major in Business Finance and minor in International Business. She plans on studying abroad in Spain her spring semester of junior year. Jenna is a member of the Students Helping Honduras club and part of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars at Virginia Tech.

Michael Rosenberg (Bethesda, MD) is a rising sophomore at Carnegie Mellon University who intends on majoring in some applied math field. He is a peer tutor for CMU's Academic Development service and was a research assistant for CMU's School of Decision Sciences. He enjoys interning at WMI!

Dira Djaya (Rockville, MD) is a rising junior at Tufts University, majoring in Economics with a minor in Colonialism Studies. Her primary academic interests include development economics, post-colonial theory and Southeast Asian politics. She is the design director of RacEd, a Tufts student publication dedicated to critically engaging with issues of race and the lived experiences affected by racism, and is a board member of PERMIAS Massachusetts (the Indonesian Students Association of the United States).

Winter 2013/Spring 2014 Media Intern

Victoria Stevenson - Winter 2013/Spring 2014 Media Intern
Victoria Stevenson

Victoria Stevenson is creating videos and photo essays for the WMI web site, as well as multi-media presentations for WMI's various public speaking engagements. She is editing the photographs and video footage in the vast trove of media from WMI's January/February field visit to the loan hubs in East Africa. A 2013 graduate of Tufts University, Tori majored in history and minored in philosophy. She was president of the Tufts History Society and an Environmental and Policy Action Campus Leader. Last summer she served as a production assistant with the company filming the One Million Bones art installation project on the National Mall. She is currently creating a multi media interactive web site to highlight the personal stories of the generation of young adults who came of age in the Balkans after the Yugoslav Wars.

Fall 2013/Winter 2014 Data Analysis Intern

Lauren Rava - Fall 2013/Winter 2014 Data Analysis Intern
Lauren Rava

Lauren Rava is compiling, categorizing and analyzing narrative data collected by WMI's local coordinator visits to businesses operated by women in the loan program. She will prepare a report tracking the information elicited during these face-to-face visits. Lauren is a graduate student at American University studying public policy and economics. Originally from New Jersey, she completed her undergraduate in political science at Rutgers University in January 2013, where she was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha - The National Political Science Honor Society . Previously she served as a research intern at the American Foreign Policy Council and as an analytical intern at INTERPOL Operations and Command Center. Her future goals include working in economic development, particularly involving food security in urban settings.

Summer 2013 - Bethesda Interns

Summer Interns - 2013 - Bethesda
First Row: Tricia Woodcome, Alex Valentino, Chris Heagan
Second Row: Tiffany Sun, Sienna Romano, Meghan Reynolds

WMI's six stateside college interns assembled in Bethesda on June 1 to embark on their summer journey of compiling and analyzing what WMI's President, Robyn Nietert, described as, "more borrower data ... than all the past years put together!" With such a staggering task ahead of them, these ambitious youth are rethinking how WMI organizes and presents its loan program impact information, which is gathered every 6 months from borrowers across Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya. The team of six has overhauled the recording and organization of incoming data into new templates, and is now training its sights on reimagining the layout and content of the annual Fact Books.

Chris Heagen (Bethesda, MD): Chris is a rising sophomore at Cornell University where he plans on double majoring in Economics and Information Science. He is a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and plays goalkeeper for the Cornell club soccer team. He also trains middle school and elementary school aged goalkeepers in his free time and enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Meghan Reynolds (Bethesda, MD) is a rising sophomore at Dickinson College, where she will major in International Relations and minor in Arabic and Spanish. She helps freshmen out during orientation as an Orientation Assistant. She also hopes to study abroad in Argentina and is a part of Alpha Phi Omega at Dickinson.

Siena Romano (Hardwick, MA): Siena Romano is a rising sophomore at American University in Washington, D.C., majoring in Public Health. She hopes to follow her interest in Global Health, specifically Maternal and Child Health, by attending Medical School in the future. In May, Siena traveled to Tanzania for her third time with WMI partner Judy Lane where they managed the loan program in Alaileli and issued the first loans for WMI's new hub in Tloma. After seeing the reality of WMI's efforts and the major impact the programs have on improving the lives of African women, Siena feels compelled to continue her involvement with WMI for many years to come.

Tiffany Sun (Rockville, MD) is a rising sophomore at Georgetown University, studying Government and Math. In high school, Tiffany not only participated in debate and Model U.N., but also spent her days interning at a local domestic violence non-profit, her state's attorney's office, and her county's domestic violence coordinating council. At Georgetown, she is a member of the Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority, staffs NAIMUN and NCSC conferences, and helps with GU Take Back the Night. In her free time, Tiffany enjoys talking about feminism, reading, dancing, and spending time with her friends.

Alex Valentino (Falls Church, VA): Alex is a rising sophomore at Lehigh University, where he is double majoring in Finance and Computer Science. In high school, he worked with WMI partner , Arlington Academy of Hope (AAH), to start student support clubs in multiple high schools, and traveled with AAH's founder to eastern Uganda to work with the model school AAH operates there. He is currently a member of the Delta Chi fraternity, and will assume the role of Alumni Relations Chair on the Fraternity's executive board in the fall.

Tricia Woodcome (Lexington, MA): Tricia is a rising sophomore at New York University, where she is majoring in Global Liberal Studies with a minor in Art History. After spending her junior year of high school in France, she returned with a passion for travel and languages. She hopes to someday travel to Uganda and see the WMI loan program in action. At school, she enjoys exploring New York City with friends.

Fall/Winter 2012 - Bethesda Intern

Matthew Brown - Fall/Winter 2012 - Bethesda Intern
Matthew Brown - Fall/Winter 2012 - Bethesda Intern

The Fall/Winter 2012 intern, Matthew Brown, is creating new data collection forms for loan hubs to more efficiently report on information they gather from WMI borrowers. He is also researching grant providers, compiling a master database of foundations, corporations and other NGOs for potential collaboration, and preparing grant proposals. Matt graduated from Oberlin College in 2011 where he majored in History and minored in East Asian Studies. Last year, Matt worked as an Assistant Teacher at the Kingsbury Center, a school for students with learning disabilities in Washington, DC. Matt will continue pursuing his passion for teaching with the Peace Corps in May 2013, hopefully in China.

Summer 2012 - Bethesda Interns

Summer Interns - 2012 - Bethesda
Top row: Chelsea Lo, Nikki Heimberg, Jess Littman, Ashley Grayson
Bottom row: Rebecca Miller, Nick Shasy, Julia Graham

These stunning college students are WMI's 2012 summer interns in Bethesda. They will be compiling borrower survey data from the past year and providing extensive statistical analysis of the information gathered. They will be using the SAS JMP software, graciously supplied gratis by SAS in Cary, NC. In addition, the interns will work on updating the web site, grant writing, reaching out to other NGOs and non-profits, and updating and improving WMI's social media presence. WMI is extremely fortunate to have assembled such a talented, productive and committed summer intern staff. We are grateful for all of their hard work.

Julia Graham (Bethesda, MD): Julia is a rising senior at Bowdoin College, where she is majoring in Psychology and Sociology. She just returned from a semester abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, which piqued her interest in international development. At Bowdoin, Julia is a member of Peer Health, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and is the captain of a championship-winning intramural ice hockey team.

Ashley Grayson (Ocean, New Jersey): Ashley is a senior at American University where she is majoring in International Development with a focus on Africa, and minoring in Mathematics. She spent a semester abroad in Nairobi, Kenya where she worked with refugee girls and pretended to know how to speak Swahili. After graduation, Ashley hopes to return to Africa for more adventures.

Nikki Heimberg (Potomac, MD): Nikki is a rising sophomore at Tulane University and plans to major in Education and International Development. She is a member of the Sigma Delta Tau sorority and enjoys playing tennis. This summer, she looks forward to spending time with friends and visiting her family in London. Nikki traveled to Buyobo, Uganda with WMI back in 2010.

Jessica Littman (Bethesda, MD): Jessica is a rising sophomore at New York University, studying International Development and Middle Eastern Studies. She traveled to Uganda with WMI as a high school intern in 2010 and is back this summer as a Bethesda Intern. She also works at Georgetown Cupcake and enjoys reading and spending time with her friends and family.

Chelsea Lo (Bethesda, MD): Chelsea is a rising junior at Barnard College in New York City, where she is majoring in Economics with a concentration in Political Economy. On campus, she is a co-musical director of a Christian a cappella group and participates in a Christian fellowship group. She enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, and exploring the city in her spare time.

Becca Miller (Chevy Chase, MD): Becca is a rising junior at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY where she is majoring in Political Science with a minor in Music History. She plays the trumpet in her college's orchestra and jazz band.

Nick Shashy (McLean, VA): Nick is a rising sophomore at the University of Virginia where he plans to enter the McIntire School of Commerce. At school, Nick is a member of the club lacrosse team, the Delta Phi fraternity, and the Inter-fraternity Council's Judiciary Committee.

Spring/Fall 2012 - Bethesda Intern

Hart Wood - Bethesda Intern Spring-Fall 2012
Hart Wood - Spring/Fall 2012 - Bethesda Intern

WMI is fortunate to have Hart Wood (University of Mary Washington, 2010) working with us in Bethesda as a part time Assistant Program Director. Hart had interned with WMI in Bethesda in 2008, as a sophomore in college, and also travelled to Buyobo for WMI that summer to help issue the third round of loans. He will be heading off to law school at UVa. in the fall. Hart will prepare grant applications, supervise the summer interns' data analysis and update the WMI web site and media presentations.

Summer 2011 - Bethesda Interns

Summer Interns - 2011 - Bethesda
Top row: Dana Max, Timothy Freeman, Victoria Stevenson | Bottom row: (Cody Bear), Layne Schwab, Emily Hyson, Phoebe Sanderson, Michael Pearson

Dana Max (Bethesda, MD): Dana is a rising sophomore at Emory University and plans to major in Economics. Eventually she hopes to pursue her interest in Public Health and the Spanish language. At Emory she participates in a number of activities including the Spanish discussion group, University Chorus and yoga.

Emily Hyson (Bethesda, MD) is a rising junior at Washington University in St. Louis, double majoring in Psychology and Marketing. On campus, she is a member of WUNICEF (WashU UNICEF) and Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity, where she served as VP of Philanthropy this past year.

Victoria M. Stevenson (Bethesda, MD, Tufts University '13): Tori is a rising junior at Tufts University. She is perusing a major in both history and philosophy. In addition to working for WMI this summer, she is coaching the Carderock Springs Swim Team.

Layne Schwab (S. Burlington, Vermont): Layne is a rising junior at Colby College, where she has a double major in Government and International Studies. Layne is a varsity member of Colby's cross country and track teams, serves on the student advisory board of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, and is a member of the Social Entrepreneurs Club. She plans to study in Brussels, Belgium next spring.

Michael Pearson (Bethesda, Maryland): Michael is a rising sophomore at Case Western Reserve University, Majoring in Economics and Political Science. A member of the Pre-Law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta and Case Western Mock Trial team, he is interested in the practical effects of policy implementation.

Phoebe Sanderson (McLean, VA): Phoebe is going into her second year at University of Virginia, planning on majoring in business with an international concentration. She also enjoys Spanish and is hoping to study abroad in either Spain or South America. In addition to interning at WMI, she is also lifeguarding at her neighborhood pool this summer.

Timothy Freeman (Bethesda, Maryland): Tim is a rising sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis where he is studying international economics and business. In his spare time, Tim enjoys Ultimate Frisbee, playing in his school's Jazz Band and lifeguarding at his local pool.

Cindy Le is a rising senior at West Virginia University
Cindy Le is a rising senior at West Virginia University

Cindy Le (Springfield, VA): Cindy is a rising senior at West Virginia University, where she has a major in International Studies with a concentration on Diplomacy and International Security on the African continent and a minor in French. At West Virginia she is involved in activities such as Alpha Omicron Pi Women's Fraternity, the Chinese Language Club and many outdoor adventure excursions. She has spent the past semester studying and volunteering at Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch, South Africa, and hopes to return there in the next couple years.

Summer 2010 - Bethesda Interns

Meet the Bethesda 2010 Summer Interns
Top row: Laurel Rigsbee, Montana Stevenson, Valerie McDonald, Ellen Janssen Bottom row: Alex Chernow, Victoria Stevenson, (Cody Bear), Laura Esposito, Glynnis McIntyre Missing: Alex Meyer, Kelly Parshall

These fabulous college students (and two recent graduates) compiled survey data from the past year and undertook extensive statistical analysis of the information gathered. They used the SAS JMP software, graciously supplied gratis by SAS in Cary, NC. This year SAS has provided WMI with professional staff support, including a custom tailored webinar where all of the interns could view and manipulate the data. In addition, the interns updated the web site, improved WMI's photo and video files and created new media layouts, linked WMI to social media, organized foundation information, prepared grant applications and reached out to other non-profits. WMI is extremely fortunate to have hosted such a talented, productive and committed summer intern staff. We are grateful for all of their hard work.

Click below to review the loan program fact books and research papers prepared by the interns and posted on the web site:

Alex Chernow (Bethesda, Maryland): Alex is a rising sophomore at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she is concentrating in Cultural Analysis and Travel Writing. Alex will be studying in Ghana during the fall semester of this year and will write about her study abroad experiences in the NYU paper.

Laura Esposito (Bethesda, Maryland): Laura will be entering her senior year at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She is concentrating in International Development and studied in Madrid, Spain this past semester. Last summer, she traveled to El Salvador for a weeklong service trip and participates in NYU's Habitat for Humanity and Journal of Global Affairs.

Ellen Janssen (Noordwijk, Netherlands and McLean, Virginia): Ellen will be a rising junior at the UVA, majoring in Economics. She is interested in development studies and spent this past spring semester in Pune, India. At UVA, Ellen is a member of the Alpha Phi Omega community service fraternity, the UVA ballroom dancing team, and the Cinemateque Committee, which hosts movie screenings on campus.

Valerie McDonald (Herndon, Virginia): Valerie is a rising junior at the UVA, majoring in International Economics and minoring in Global Culture and Commerce. She plans to go into microfinance as a career - her favorite part of microfinance is that although it is an economic process, it addresses many other problems in developing countries indirectly. In her spare time, Valerie participates in ballroom dancing at UVA and enjoys reading and horseback riding.

Glynnis McIntyre (Raleigh, North Carolina): Glynnis is a rising junior at American University in Washington, D.C., with a major in International Studies, concentration in International Development, and minor in Global Health and Development. She is the Fundraising Chair for AU's St. Jude's Up 'Til Dawn event and Vice President of Panhellenic for AU's chapter of Delta Gamma. Glynnis plans on studying abroad in Paris during the spring semester and hopes to work for an organization that provides development projects for underdeveloped countries.

Alex Meyer
Alex Meyer
Alex Meyer (Bethesda, Maryland): Alex will be a senior at Walt Whitman High School this fall. He is a writer and Assistant Production Manager for Whitman's paper, The Black & White. This summer, in addition to creating videos and managing other media for WMI, Alex will be traveling to Buyobo, Uganda for three weeks to assist with the Internet Café and computer training.

Kelly Parshall
Kelly Parshall
Kelly Parshall (Chadd's Ford, PA): Kelly graduated from Elon University in May with a major in English and a minor in African Studies. She was a member of Elon's Periclean Scholars and helped build a healthcare center in rural Ghana. Kelly has tutored African refugees, served as a teaching assistant for an African politics class, and studied abroad in Tanzania for a semester.

Laurel Rigsbee (Woodbury, Minnesota): Laurel will be a senior at Occidental College in Los Angeles this fall, majoring in Economics with a minor in Russian. Laurel has played both softball and rugby at college and she spent the fall of her junior year studying in St. Petersburg, Russia. She is interested in developmental economics and intends to pursue a career that would allow her to work internationally.

Montana Stevenson (Bethesda, Maryland): Montana just graduated from UVA, with a major in History and a minor in Economics. This is her third summer interning at WMI and she likes that the WMI model provides the borrowers with the ability to control their own economic opportunities. Montana helped issue the first WMI loans in 2008 and will lead the Walt Whitman High School internship trip this summer. She'll return to Uganda in the fall to conduct a joint WMI/PostBank rural banking study and prepare transition guidelines for borrowers graduating to independent banking. She enjoys swimming and basketball, and is a coach for the Carderock Springs Swim Team.

Victoria Stevenson (Bethesda, Maryland): This fall, Victoria will be a sophomore at Tufts University in Boston. She traveled to Buyobo in January 2008 to help issue the first set of loans to WMI borrowers and hopes to return this coming winter. She is also a swim coach for the Carderock Springs Swim Team, trains for the Tufts Boston Marathon Team and writes for the Tufts Daily Newspaper.

Summer 2009 - Bethesda Interns

Summer 2009 - Bethesda InternsWMI summer interns in Bethesda, Maryland undertook a comprehensive statistical analysis project of borrowers in the WMI loan program. Utilizing the data provided by borrowers in semi-annual surveys, the interns created the first comprehensive profile of WMI borrowers and the first assessment of the impact of the loan program. Their research provided direction on where and how to expand the loan program, insight into additional services that will increase borrowers' capacity, and contributed to the limited body of original research on the impact of microfinance programs.

SAS, Inc. in Cary, NC provided JMP statistical software free of charge to the WMI interns. They used the software to create charts and graphs to show such information as how impoverished the loan recipients are, how many of them have someone with malaria in their families and how many are caring for AIDS orphans. Being able to depict the information through graphs and charts conveys an easily understood visual of the borrowers' living standards and the immediate impact WMI loans have on their lives. The fact books that the interns created have proven to be a valuable resource for foundations and corporations that want to support WMI and they have made a valuable contribution to the body of literature measuring the impact of access to financial services for the poor.

Check out the interns' work on the WMI web site:

Bryan Norris - a senior at Davidson College in North Carolina. During the summer of 2008 he interned on Capitol Hill in the offices of U.S. Representatives Sue Meryick and John M. Spratt, Jr. He arranged TV and radio interviews, attended House committee hearings and votes on the house floor, engaged in correspondence with constituents, and gave US Capitol tours. He is an Eagle Scout and organized a program to supply AIDS home-based treatment kits for 250 affected families in Malawi. Since 2008, he has tutored at Ada Jenkins Center LEARNworks and has been an editor of the Perspectives section for the Davidsonian, a campus newspaper.

David Jaffe - lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland and is currently attending Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., where he is majoring in Studio Arts. David is integrating WMI's media products and revamping the WMI website.

Laura Van Oudenaren - lives in Bethesda, Maryland and is a senior at Davidson College in North Carolina. She has volunteered with an after-school tutoring program called Ada Jenkins Center LEARNworks since her freshman year, and has been an editor for the Davidsonian, a campus newspaper. In the summer of 2005 and 2006 she spent time volunteering on the Three Affiliated Tribes Reservation in North Dakota through a program called Running Strong that focuses on improving living situations for Native American Youth. During the 2008 fall semester she went to Cameroon to study French and Economic Development.

Alex Richardson - will be a sophomore at Oberlin College. He is working with WMI on it's statistical analysis of Borrower data. His family is relocating to Uganda this summer and he will be interning in Buyobo, in August 2009, where he will assist with automating WMI records.

Elizabeth Scroggs - lives in Silver Spring, Maryland and is a junior at Tulane University in New Orleans. At Tulane she is involved in a tutoring program called Tulane Afterschool Enrichment (TAE). An educational trip to El Salvador through CRISPAZ in 2006 inspired her continued involvement in international development. She started her internship here at WMI in the June 2009.

Montana M. Stevenson - lives in Bethesda, Maryland and is a senior in the Echols Scholars Program at the University of Virginia. She has participated in outreach and education programs sponsored by Heifer Project (rural Massachusetts), Running Strong (focusing on Native Americans in North Dakota), and CRIZPAZ in El Salvador. During the 2007 - 2008 academic year she served as an intern at the Women's Resource Center at UVA. She is a member of Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church. Montana traveled to Uganda and assisted with the Program Launch in January 2008.

Victoria Stevenson - live in Bethesda, Maryland and is starting her Freshmen year at TUFTS University in Boston. Victoria specializes in supporting the interns in their work with WMI.

Spring 2009 - Bethesda Interns

Jessie McComb - is a candidate for a Master's of Tourism Administration at GWU and holds a B.A. dual degree in Art History/Physics from Hamilton College in NY. She currently is the Graduate Assistant to Dr. Hawkins in the Department of Tourism and Hospitality at GWU. From 2004 - 2008 she served in various capacities, including Services Manager, Programs & New Business, for the Artisan Market. During her tenure at the Artisan Market she: developed and implemented a market survey for heritage tourism product development in South Africa, Mozambique and Angola; coordinated logistics for training programs; developed a strategic plan for tourism related development programs; managed new business opportunities across the department; designed and managed economic development programs related to the crafts sector; wrote proposals and created budgets for government and private funding opportunities; and researched US and foreign government and private funding opportunities.

Summer 2008 - Bethesda Interns

Jennifer Holland - Wellesley College - '11

Daniel Van Oudenaren - Davidson College - '08

Hart W. Wood - Mary Washington University - '10

Montana M. Stevenson - The Echols Scholars Program at the University of Virginia - '10

Victoria Stevenson - Walt Whitman High-School - '09