2020 Summer Intern Spotlight

Get to know our 2020 Summer Interns

Noor Alshafie

Noor is a senior at The Ohio State University studying International Studies and Public Management, Leadership, and Policy from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

Tell us about your internship experience with The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio.

My internship experience this summer at The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio has been one that students only dream of having. Despite the limitations presented by COVID-19, I have felt continuously supported and valued by the entire team. I have learned to telework seamlessly and have received the opportunity to create pitch templates, assist with the Immediate Impact Grants and Grant Reading Day, adapt newsletters to the website, among countless other projects. From grants to marketing to nonprofit operations, I’ve been fortunate to see first-hand all of these sectors and their ability to work together.

Tell us about your personal passion and activism.

As a life-long 4-H’er, advocate for pediatric cancer research, and promoter of civic engagement, I’m always looking to the future to pay it forward and champion youth, women, and minorities. I’m inspired by personal narratives and nothing brings me more joy than seeing people turn their passion into action in order to create positive change. My interest in public management and international policy has led me to pursue a career within the consulting, development, or nonprofit sector after graduation before receiving a J.D.

Noor advocates for pediatric cancer research through BuckeyeThon at The Ohio State University. Visit go.osu.edu/BT to learn more.

What is your power anthem?

Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield

Nia Law

Nia is a senior at Columbus Academy.

Tell us about your internship experience with The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio.

As I watched and participated in the work of the WFCO this summer, I learned that there are innovative solutions to every problem. I was reassured that people all over the world, and right here in central Ohio, are working hard to create a more just world. The perspective it’s given me on how to approach creating change is invaluable. My favorite project I worked on was a blog post about the 19th Amendment!

Read Nia’s piece for The Women’s Fund, “19th Amendment: a jumping-off point” here.

Tell us about your personal passion and activism.

I am incredibly passionate about issues of gender, socioeconomic inequality, and voter suppression as well as their connection to international affairs and social justice movements. In the future, I hope to study foreign relations and enter the Peace Corps, working with others in organizations like the WFCO to push the nation and world toward greater democracy, inclusion, and intersectionality.

Read Nia’s Op-Ed in The Columbus Dispatch,
“An open letter to Gen Z on how to enlighten self and others” here.

What is your power anthem?

I am Woman by Helen Reddy

Sri Varre

Sri is a senior at George Washington University studying International Affairs and Economics.

Tell us about your internship experience with The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio.

Being born and raised in Ohio, I couldn’t wait till I could start a new life in DC. However, my WFCO internship experience exposed me to the many growing grassroot initiatives in central Ohio, encouraged me to engage with my local community leaders, and has inspired me to potentially return to Columbus.

Tell us about your personal passion and activism.

In the future, I aspire to start and run my own company focused on advancing gender equity and economic empowerment. As an aspiring social entrepreneur, I would also like to serve as a community leader or elected official in Columbus or another growing city.

Read Sri’s blog post published by her professor about the effect of media on the widows in the highly militarized region of Jammu and Kashmir.

What is your power anthem?

Good as H*ll by Lizzo