Summer 2020 Cohort
~ Patrick Kehinde
University of Pennsylvania
My name is Patrick Kehinde Jr. and I am a current Computer Science major at the University of Pennsylvania and data science intern at Facebook. During the summer of 2020, I participated in the DOWA program as a Research and Content Development Intern at Funema, an alternative-impact investment company based in Nigeria and South Africa.
~ Ijeoma Nwuke
In the summer of 2020, I was fortunate enough to intern with DOWA for three months, serving as a Data Analyst and Communications intern. Working in this position helped me experience the best of what DOWA has to offer. I communicated across different nonprofit organizations enacting impactful work in Africa as well as coordinated DOWA’s pilot programs. It was amazing being at the forefront, witnessing organizations making a difference in their respective countries. I learnt to plan and manage my time efficiently, maximizing my engineering degree to solve problems and ensure that DOWA works ran smoothly. I liked my work so much that I asked to come back again. The second time around, I joined the team as a Project Coordinator, helping with the team’s administrative tasks and helping revamp the organization’s website. It was another opportunity for me to join such an exciting, growing team and to view DOWA through a different lens. I worked for a longer period of time - six months - and grew as the organization did, supporting DOWA’s various programs. I witnessed DOWA have its first anniversary, a HUGE landmark, and am proud to have been a part of its many achievements,
~ Raphael Noufele
University of Pennsylvania
Last summer I worked at Funema, an alternative impact investment firm that supports startups who are solving last mile issues. Within Funema, I interned in the Operations Department, helping the company ameliorate its processes. At first, I mostly worked on internal projects, trying to figure out ways in which Funema could be more efficient. I spent a lot of my time talking to employees, trying to understand each person’s role and responsibilities within the company, and how they could maximize their productivity. I also suggested the use of kpis (key performance indicators) and okrs (objective key results) that would better track each person’s progress on their tasks.
After some time, I was able to work on different types of projects, most notably participating in the development of Temile, a startup that Funema is creating with the goal of better supporting small businesses with digital tools and access to information. I helped craft the business model as well as the lean canvas model, which is essentially an actionable, entrepreneur focused business plan.