At the beginning of the 2013 spring semester, Bryn Mawr announced the creation of two paid post-graduation internships at major international organizations concerned with the global advancement of women.
A native of Kolkata, India, Bajoria majored in International Studies and minored in Economics at Bryn Mawr. As a student, she played a leading role in the development of the International Studies major. Bajoria also served as a program assistant for the Women in Public Service Project Summer Institute at Bryn Mawr, and a Hepburn intern for a strategic philanthropic consulting firm. She conducted research at a management-consulting firm in India and the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
“Throughout my undergraduate career, Bryn Mawr has continuously supported my dream to pursue a career in international development through various summer funding and work opportunities along with faculty and staff support,” says Bajoria “This internship gives me a remarkable opportunity to work in a world-class organization, at a level that is usually reserved for graduate students. My work with CARE will teach me how to develop strategies and form innovative alliances with corporations in order to make strides in the fight against global poverty. I can’t imagine a better start to my career.”
Gao, of China, was a Political Science major at Bryn Mawr with a wide range of activities outside the classroom. She founded a program that pairs international students with international patients at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, interned for Parliamentarians for Global Action in New York, and the District Attorney’s Office of Philadelphia, and carried out a field-based research project on racial discrimination and economic disparity in Indonesia. This summer, Gao held an internship with a consulting firm in South Africa that specialize in China-Africa relations
Both Bajoria and Gao spent their junior year at the London School of Economics.
Bajoria will intern in the Strategic Partnerships & Alliances division of CARE, based in its Washington D.C. offices, where her responsibilities will include developing corporate partnerships and cause marketing projects to support CARE international programs.
Gao will intern at Women’s World Banking in New York, conducting research to enable its Product Development division to incubate new financial services to help low-income women build financial futures for their families around the world.
These remarkable opportunities were made possible by targeted donations from several Bryn Mawr alumnae in support of the College’s Women for the World initiatives.
A key element of The Plan for Bryn Mawr, Women for the World establishes the goal of graduating global citizens who have an informed awareness of the world’s most pressing concerns—extreme poverty, environmental degradation, the ravages of war and conflicts—and how these injustices fall disproportionately on women.
These two internships will enable Bajoria and Gao to advance their qualifications for working on such issues while simultaneously deepening the College’s relationship with two of the most important organizations in this field.
CARE is one of the world’s leading humanitarian organizations fighting global poverty and understands empowering women as central to this goal. CARE’s work enables women to lead their communities in improving education, preventing the spread of disease, increasing access to clean water, expanding economic opportunity, protecting natural resources, and responding to war and natural disaster. CARE President and CEO, Helene Gayle, was the 2011 recipient of the Katharine Hepburn Medal from the College.
WWB is the only global microfinance network with an explicit focus on women. WWB supports 39 financial institutions in 28 countries in providing loans to women to start small businesses. It also helps these institutions move away from a strictly credit-led approach to one that provides a broader array of financial products and services, including savings and insurance options that help low-income women build comprehensive financial safety nets. WWB President and CEO, Mary Ellen Iskenderian, was the keynote speaker for The Next Wave Conference held at Bryn Mawr in fall 2012 and participated in the Women in Public Service Project Initiative held this summer at the College.