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Young Women with Power: Meet WfWI's Spring Interns

"It was a breath of fresh air to work among so many accomplished women after having worked in male dominated spaces for most of my life.”

Every semester, students from around the globe join our Women for Women International and support our mission to unleash the power of women in conflict. These students, primarily women, work on a wide range of projects across all our teams. This spring semester, four spring interns aided across the Program Design & Development, External Events, Communications, and Business Development teams. Learn more about these amazing young women.

Anna Rodriguez, Business and Development 

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Ana Rodriguez is from El Paso, Texas, and is a senior at The University of Texas at El Paso graduating with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. 

Prior to starting her internship, she worked with multiple community based nonprofit organizations and other women’s empowerment nonprofits. She is also a participant in the Bill Archer Fellowship Program. She was inclined to seek an internship with Women for Women International because it integrates many aspects that are essential in the line of work that she wants to dedicate her career to. 

She feels strongly about addressing the needs of marginalized groups, advocating for them in various ways, and contributing to the development and prosperity of communities in need.

As a Business Development intern, Ana has been able to create a Funding Landscape project where she has observed the funding trends of various sectors to identify the answer to, “where does the money go?”. She also monitors funding opportunities for US government grants and identifies relevant opportunities for our team and country offices.   

She says her internship provided her with hands-on opportunities working at a nongovernmental organization with an international focus. She gained exposure by working with various teams and managing remote work with people in various locations, and she notes it has shaped her ability to work and manage in a large office environment. Through her tasks and many learning opportunities, she has been able to gain a foundation on women’s rights work and strategies as well as challenges that come with participating in internationally focused humanitarian work.  

"WfWI showed her that there is a great need to support women in conflict and post conflict areas and I am grateful for the opportunity that I have had to assist the Business Development team with the role that they play in the organization and mission."

Kathleen Gregory, External Events

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Kathleen Gregory is from Long Island, New York and graduated from Providence College in May of 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Business Innovation.

She previously has worked in several communications and marketing roles for both the governmental and private sector. In 2018, she was a legislative intern for Senator Erin Lynch Prata at the Rhode Island State Government. Her other internships were communication and digital marketing-based at Stark Media Group and the communications team at the Rhode Island State Government. In college, she volunteered with several non-profits including The Boys and Girls Club of RI, Best Buddies, and Students for Social Action. Through her participation in these non-profits and the meaningful work she was doing within the organizations, she knew she wanted to explore an internship that merged both her marketing, communications, and event-planning experience with my desire to work for a non-profit. She is grateful to work for an organization that empowers and helps women. 

As an External Events Intern, Kathleen works with both the External Events and the Communications teams. On the events side, she assists in researching talent for events and creating media lists. With the Comms team, she creates graphics for social platforms, and she has developed a tracker to document and understand media analytics.  She says that after this experience, she is certain she wants to work for a company/ organization that centers around impactful work.    

“Working for WfWI has greatly impacted my career trajectory. WfWI merged both my past experiences and interests of international relations and marketing. The organization aligns with my values and has solidified my desire to pursue international humanitarian work in the future.” 

Sara Torres-Inda, Program Management

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Sara Torres-Inda is from Mexico and Arizona, and she is a current graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University obtaining her master’s degree in Public Policy and Management. She majored in Economics at the University of Arizona, and during this time she also completed an internship with the International Rescue Committee. Between her undergraduate degree and her master’s, she completed an AmeriCorps service year. She has always wanted to shift her career to focusing on serving women, especially women in disadvantaged situations, and saw Women for Women International as an opportunity to do so. 

 Sara works in the Program Design & Development office, under the supervision of Program Design Manager, Ryan Greenwood. Currently, she is working on creating a consolidated log frame to facilitate the process of funding proposals.  

“WFWI has helped me understand the different aspects of organizations and institutions that help advance women’s economic and social empowerment. WFWI has helped significantly in constructing the path I want to move forward to after graduation.” 

Nature Inger, Communications

Nature Inger

Nature Inger is from Botswana and studied Sales and Marketing Management. She graduated from Limkokwing University in Botswana with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Digital Films and Television. For the past five years, she worked as the Marketing Manager of a feed milling and natural products processing and manufacturing company that aims to empower women in the Kalahari area of Botswana and has an 80% female workforce.    

Alongside her job, she worked as a freelance campaign strategist, and she collaborated with NGO’s and individual activists to create campaigns and raise awareness on issues affecting women, members of the LGBTQ+ community and people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in Botswana. She is in the USA as a Fulbright scholar under the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, where she is encouraged to collaborate with organizations, contribute and learn. She loves the work that WfWI does and as an African, she was especially interested in learning more about the programs and services the organization provides to women in post-conflict countries in Africa. 

As a Communications Intern, she assists with a wide range of tasks and projects, mainly in content development. The project she says she learned the most from was curating the stories of Nigerian women graduates of the Stronger Women Stronger Nations program. She appreciates the insight into their lives and the inspiring leaps they have made towards living fulfilling and empowered lives.  

“My internship with WfWI has been a gratifying experience. Working in a new country that has an entirely different work culture is always an adjustment, but everybody was patient, accommodating and so kind!” 

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”Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.” —Dalai Lama