Winter 2020/2021 Cohort
CONNECT · ENGAGE · BUILD
~ Saurabh Sethia
I highly recommend DOWA for your internships to start up with your professional career.
~ Brianna Lawton
Iowa State University
Being a DOWA 2020-21 Intern Fellow with Funema was an eye-opening experience that beautifully connected with my interests and future endeavors unexpectedly.
This internship and the projects I worked on were outside my field of expertise but exposed me to learning new skills and areas in business like marketing and finances, while also giving me an opportunity to enhance and utilize skills that I already grasped. I learned the different levels of a venture capitalist firm, learning and exploring new skills in business, marketing, company growth and the importance of partnerships. I had the opportunity to strengthen my research skills by drafting a sustainable program framework with sustainable sources of funding for company portfolio to support growth (i.e. supply/value chain; available funding opportunities and consumer partnerships).
I also was given the opportunity to curate and prepare data narrative, and writeup a marketing strategy for respective clients. I was able to rely on my team building, presentation, and research skills. I believe my academic training to think critically, and problem solve assisted me and overlapped with my internship experience working for a startup where creative ideas, cultivating innovative solutions, and being flexible is welcomed. Some challenges that I faced during my internship was adjusting to different communication styles, the time difference, and work culture.
Though I was able to adjust quickly after a week or so and relying on past experiences, I was able to convey this shift in perspective and my understanding of cultural dynamics with my fellow DOWA interns in my cohort being it was a lot of their first time ever working in an international setting or multinational company. I believe my biggest accomplishment during my internship was stepping outside my comfort zone in skillset working for a startup company along with networking and taking initiative to learn new things that have and potentially will propel me in my personal endeavors in starting my own business and not-for-profit organization.
Thank you, DOWA, for an opportunity to advance my career goals and personal aspirations.
~ Liam Casey
University of Washington
~ Alexis Bagley
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Tell me, and I will forget
Show me, and I may remember
Involve me, and I will understand
I learned so much between my experiences working with DOWA and my partnered company CPDI Africa. I am confident these experiences can and will be used in all of my future challenges. This internship has significantly improved my knowledge of my internship focus, grant writing, and has left me with skills that will be useful throughout my career. Last year, I had the opportunity to write proposals to help fund CPDI Africa. Thus, I had to learn to plan, work accurately, and react to the results. This process included researching potential donors, keeping up with deadlines, and creating persuasive proposals to obtain interest from our donors. In addition to working alongside my team, I was introduced to many great staff and interns who also worked with DOWA. I was able to collaborate and ask questions with my fellow interns, as well as have DOWA support me throughout my whole duration of the internship. My internship at DOWA has left me with a series of technical and personal skills that I know will make me more successful as a future grant writer and as a person.
My journey with DOWA has been memorable and transformational. I believe that DOWA internship program is one of the best internship programs out there!
DOWA has prepared me to become a more avid problem solver, more hard working, and extremely grateful for the resources I have access to.
~ Leslie Rodriguez
Texas A&M University
I had a great time interviewing for companies in Africa through the DOWA program. It was an eye-opening experience as my role as an intern was to look for ways to get educational content to students in Africa who didn’t have access to the internet or electricity during the COVID pandemic. I had the pleasure of working with Data Science Nigeria (DSN) who is also a leading non-profit Artificial Intelligence organization that helps solve social problems such as those of education. I would encourage students to volunteer some of their time to be part of this as it was a rewarding experience, and it really helps you connect and learn about a different culture in another country.
Through my time here I got to build a platform where I helped present our ideas of ways that we could deliver high-quality teacher content to students. I worked with a team on a google-document to help stage this presentation and I was able to offer some of that project management experience I had learned before. My other teammates worked on developing the software necessary to deliver the product.
I also really liked the weekly meetings with Ms. Miranda Melone (Program Coordinator) and how she helped foster a very fun and interactive environment by providing us with very interesting videos about Africa. As an organization, I think communication and regular weekly check-ups are very important for personal growth and support. I can’t wait to see what future accomplishments Data Science Nigeria and DOWA get to complete in the future.
~ Miranda Melone
University of Dayton
May 2020. Probably the worst time in recent history to finish a master’s degree. I began my job search in the midst of a global pandemic with two degrees and barely a year of full-time working experience. It took a full year and a half to land my current position as a program coordinator for the American College of Surgeons’s Operation Giving Back Program in Chicago, and it truly would not have been possible without the experience and skills I gained during my time as a program coordinator with DOWA - Doing Good Work in Africa.