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Four New Faces: Meet EWI’s New Interns!

4 Oct

From left to right: Ciara Salg- Marketing & Communications Intern, Kim Booher- Program Associate Intern, Brenda Yoboue- Non-Profit Management Intern, and Tatiana Sandoval- Community Partnership Intern.

This fall, EWI is powering forward with the dedicated support of four new amazing stars: Kim Booher – Program Associate Intern, Tatiana Sandoval– Community Partnership Intern, Brenda Yoboue– Non-Profit Management Intern, and myself, Ciara Salg– Marketing & Communications Intern.

The interns have attended the University of Minnesota, Lock Haven University of PA, George Mason University, and American University. They come from three different continents and have lived in over 10 countries collectively. They hold a variety of knowledge and experience that they are excited to bring to EWI. Above all, the interns have a passion for giving back to the community and making a difference in the lives of women.

When I asked the other interns how their time at EWI has been so far I heard “challenging and intense but exciting and interesting” over and over again. Brenda, our Non-Profit Management Intern, elaborated that although challenging, it’s a great learning experience and is definitely not your average internship. I completely understood what Brenda meant by this. EWI allows you to learn and develop new skills, but also leverages all our strengths. Working with EWI is by no means your stereotypical coffee and copy making internship. The experience is hands on, challenging, and rewarding. When talking to Kim, our Program Associate Intern, she explained how nice it was to come into such a welcoming community. She continued with, “I appreciate the people I work with, am passionate about the EWI mission statement, and love the work I do.”  Tatiana, our Community Partnership Intern, continued by saying “My favorite part of the internship so far is the interaction I get to have with all the entrepreneurs. They are such a great group of women who all have amazing stories. It’s by far my favorite part of the job.”

Speaking on behalf of all the new interns, we are so excited to be working at Empowered Women International. We are all passionate about the work we are doing here and hope to assist EWI in continuing to empower women and making a difference in their lives.

 Written by Ciara Salg, Marketing & Communications Intern

Thank You Hanna!

18 Jul

Hanna Yamir came to EWI as our Program Associate Intern this past spring and we had the pleasure of her company and dedicated work for only four short months.  While she confessed to having limited office experience in her interview, she was sympathetic to our clients’ experiences as an immigrant herself and passionate about women’s issues. What we saw an empowering woman in our midst, and that she became. Not only excelled at any project we gave her, she blossomed into a confident person showing leadership and initiative. By the end of her internship, she was the go-to person for writing our blogs and developed on her own our first ever ETS Standard Operations Manual!

We asked her to write something about her story and what her internship experience was like at EWI.


Hanna Yamir, Sharmila Karmachandani, Marga Fripp, and Mariana Alvarado

“Originally from Ethiopia, I graduated from an Italian school, where for years I was thought to learn and speak Italian & English. I took up different professions as administrative assistant, librarian, and translator, which allowed me to gain experience in the diplomatic exchange and bureaucratic relations between the Ethiopian and Italian Governments. While my family expected me to move to Italy to continue college, their expectations where pleasantly cut short when I moved to the U.S. in 2007.
I immediately immersed my self in the system and within four years got my Associate Degree in Political Science from NOVA, and B.A in Foreign Affairs from UVA. While studying abroad in Italy in 2011 I got the chance to meet and chat with educated but unemployed women, and also children of immigrant and refugee backgrounds.  The experience opened my eyes on the realities of immigration in Italy, which made me appreciate more my life in the US, but I also developed a personal passion for immigration and poverty eradication issues especially among women. This fall I will be starting graduate school for a master in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University.


At the Entrepreneur’s Graduation: Hanna, Marga Fripp and ETS Alumni Clementine Simmons

Coming to EWI as a Program Associate intern was a life altering experience. Not only did I get to know the most wonderful people imaginable, but also learned a hands on approach on operational and managerial procedures in a non-profit such as EWI. I developed skills in the application of theory to practical work and enhanced my knowledge of EWI’s responsibilities, goals, principles and activities. I was given a platform to demonstrate my abilities and skills, which not only boosted my confidence but also sharpened my leadership and managerial skills. It was overall an extremely rewarding experience, and as I embark on my next journey I will be nostalgic of the office, staff and everything EWI stands for. Thank you all for empowering me and showing me the highway towards success!”

Wanted: Interns!

8 Feb

Have you ever wanted to become more involved with EWI’s day-to-day activities and projects?! Now’s your chance!

EWI is looking for two passionate, hardworking, creative, and enthusiastic people to fill our two open intern positions for the Spring! We have openings for a Program Associate Intern and for a Community Partnerships Intern.

EWI’s Fall 2012 Interns (Jeremy, Charlia, Mina, and Melinda) celebrating EWI with staff members Mary and Alexandra!

The Program Associate Intern will…

Work closely with EWI’s Program Manager and the Executive Director to assist in the coordination and execution of a series of organizational projects.

1) Prepare and support EWI team for the launching of the Entrepreneur Training for Success, Grow My Business, the Mentor and Business Coaching Programs
2) Assist in providing client services (client intake management, follow up with clients, research and client resources and referrals)
3) Contribute to organizing events (home parties, artist marketplace, business plan pitch, graduation, etc. – calendaring, logistics, coordination, planning)
4) General office administration (data entry, research, ordering supplies, etc.)
5) Assist in planning and organizing fundraising campaigns and events

To read the full position description and apply for the Program Associate Internship, click here!

Summer 2012 Interns Hellina, Sallie, and Teal enjoying some cake at our Spring 2012 graduation ceremony!

The Community Partnerships Intern will…

Work closely with the Program Manager and the Outreach Coordinator to
1) expand EWI’s outreach efforts to culturally diverse communities in the Greater Washington DC area
2) expand recruitment efforts to sustain an on-going enrollment of client applicants for our entrepreneur incubator,
3) develop and implement strategies to recruit and manage mentors, volunteers, and business coaches
4) build new strategic partnerships, cultivate existing ones, and develop mutually-beneficial incentives.

To read the full position description and apply for the Community Partnerships Internship, click here!


Jeremy, Alexandria, Charlia, and Perri at EWI’s Holiday Marketplace!

We hope you’ll join us for a fun-filled and energetic Spring of Empowering Women!


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