2014 MEDA Interns

We are pleased to announce that 4 new young professionals are launching their careers in international development as part of the 2014 cohort of MEDA interns. MEDA is excited for what skills they will bring to their internships with our project offices in Ethiopia, Ghana and Tanzania.  You can stay up-to-date on their internship experiences with our MEDA blog, Stories from the Field! Now is your opportunity to get to know them a little better...


Ethiopia
EDGET (Ethiopians Driving Growth through Entrepreneurship and Trade)

Stephanie Puras - Communication and Program Support Intern
 
IMG 8105editedStephanie has an undergraduate degree in Global Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University and is currently completing a postgraduate certificate in International Development from Humber College. She was born in Toronto, Ontario and has grown up in Oakville, Ontario.  Stephanie has a wide range of interests within international development. In 2012, she spent three months working in Ghana with The Ark Foundation, an organization specializing in women’s rights and empowerment. She was also selected to participate in a United Nations Conference on the Post 2015 Millennium Development Goals in New York City this past February. Furthermore, she has spent the past five years volunteering with Free the Children and has worked on a number of their campaigns. Stephanie loves to travel and is very passionate about helping others as well as learning about different cultures. She is very excited and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of MEDA and work with the EDGET program in Ethiopia.


E-FACE (Ethiopians Fighting Against Child Exploitation)

Clara Yoon - Communication and Program Support Intern
 
IMG 8098editedClara is from Waterloo, Ontario and holds a Master of Arts in Global Governance from the University of Waterloo. Clara's interests and experiences over the past few years have ranged from volunteering with children and women in Kampala, Uganda; interning with a North Korean human rights organization in Seoul, South Korea; conducting a Junior Fellowship in Asia-Pacific Security issues; and tutoring high school students at an after-school program in her local community in Kitchener-Waterloo. Clara's current interest and passion is in the field of education and the importance of providing opportunities for youth to develop their passions and talents. She is excited to be joining MEDA as the Communication and Program Support Intern for the E-FACE program in Ethiopia. 


Ghana
GROW (Greater Rural Opportunities for Women)

Kevin Linklater - Program Support/ Enterprise Development Intern

 IMG 8112editedKevin hails from Winnipeg and holds a bachelor's degree in Political Economy from the University of Manitoba, as well as a master's degree in Development Economics from Dalhousie University.  Kevin has spent the last year working in politics and writing news for the Manitoban.  This summer Kevin took on a short term position within the office of the Minister of Agriculture in Manitoba.  He has travelled extensively and is learning the French language.  Kevin is thrilled to be taking part in the GROW initiative in Ghana this coming fall.


Clarissa Heger- Communications Intern

Clarissa-HegerClarissa was born and raised in Germany, but spent the latter part of her life in the United States. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration with a specialization in Non-profit Management and Global Leadership and Management from Portland State University, Oregon. Clarissa’s passion lies in helping to empower women. Last summer she spent three months working with a women’s advocacy NGO in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Furthermore her experience includes working with survivors of domestic sex-trafficking and homeless clients in California. Currently Clarissa is back in Tanzania serving as a youth mentor for a leadership and service learning program in Moshi. Clarissa is thrilled to be MEDA’s Communications Intern for the GROW project in Ghana.