Summer Internships 2015

Sun-soaked postcards from Bryn Mawr students

A Postcard From: Alizeh Amer ’16

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alizeh_amerName: Alizeh Amer

Class Year: 2016

Internship Placement: I’m a a grantmaking intern at the Global Fund for Children in Washington, DC. I’m working on measuring the impact of GFC’s organizational development and capacity building grants and value added services for its grantee partners.

What’s happening? We’d love to hear how your internship is going!

I am spending my summer working at the Global Fund for Children (GFC), an international development organization based in Washington, DC. I had the opportunity to learn about this innovative model of philanthropy which gives small grants to community based grassroots organizations in hard to reach places serving vulnerable and invisible children within their communities. The main focus is on building their organizational capacity to ensure their sustainability after exiting GFC funding and leveraging them to bigger funders. Along with working on interesting projects, GFC has arranged intern exchanges to give us a chance to meet and learn about other interns and organizations in the area. Besides work, I am also enjoying exploring DC and all the city has to offer over the summer!

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Ricardo Calçado, founder of GFC grantee partner ONDA SOLIDÁRIA in Brazil meets GFC staff members.

How I heard about my internship:

A few of my friends had interned at GFC before through the Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center internships. I heard about their experiences in the Bryn Mawr and Beyond workshop last fall and it seemed like a perfect fit for my interests.

Why I applied for my internship:

Being interested in the field of international development, I have had a range of experiences working directly with affected communities in Pakistan and Ghana. This summer I wanted to explore a different aspect of the development world, fundraising and grantmaking, while building upon the knowledge and skills acquired through my academic studies.

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