Spring Internship Supervisors Recognized for Leadership

Spring Internship Supervisors Recognized for Leadership

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Christian Holm
May 06, 2015

The Washington Center honored several internship sites and individual supervisors at a special reception on Thursday, April 30.


The Supervisor Award Reception, held at Washington’s iconic Old Ebbitt Grill restaurant, recognized outstanding internship sites that embody TWC’s values and play a critical role in the personal and professional development of its students.


Samantha Hogenson of the Center for Responsible Travel received the Spring 2015 most outstanding internship supervisor award. Spring 2015 interns nominated more than 50 individuals for the award.


Jehan Casey, manager of international cooperation at the Embassy of Canada, underscored the important role employers play in delivering the TWC’s promise of a transformative professional experience.


“Having a foundation and structure in an internship is crucial, especially for interns coming from Canada [or elsewhere] who have to adjust to living in a foreign country,” Casey said. “Good, focused guidance provides a great backdrop for interns and paves the way for a successful internship.”


Hector Castro Vizcarra, representative of Mexico’s Ministry of Energy, makes a point to induct interns fully into his team on projects big and small. The student benefits – but so does the hosting organization.


“It takes focused team efforts to implement big projects,” Castro said. “Providing interns with an opportunity to be an integral part of our organization is something we feel strongly about because who knows, one of these interns might be our boss one day.”


Hogenson, Casey and Castro are just three of more than 500 internship hosts who pledge to uphold TWC’s Internship Bill of Rights. The Internship Bill of Rights was established to empower interns and raise the bar for all internships. This new resource encourages interns to think about the impact of the internship before it even begins, stresses the value of academic collaboration and gives employers a tool to measure the effectiveness of their own internship programs.


TWC thanks all of its internship sites and supervisors for a successful spring semester, particularly these individuals whom students nominated for the Most Outstanding Supervisor Award:


Mark Abe, U.S Marshals Service

Frances Agosto, Rep. Pedro Pierluisi

Alexis Anderson, Rep. Donald Payne, Jr.

Jennifer Arguinzoni, National Conference of State Legislatures

Alexandra Barrantes, Organization of American States

Rokas Beresniovas, State Bank of India

Jocelyn Bissonnette, National Association of Federally Impacted Schools

Leo Bosner, International Institute of Global Resilience

Jonathan Brady, Department of Small and Local Business Development

Jehan Casey, Embassy of Canada

Héctor Castro Vizcarra, Embassy of Mexico

Lynne Colbert, Federal Trade Commission

Amanda Cooke, National Association of State Foresters

Victor Duncan, Graduate School USA

Jessica Eby, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Michael Esser, zcommunication

Arya Etebarian, Amber Road

Emma Etheridge, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility

Danielle Evennou, Data Quality Campaign

Beth Fitzpatrick, Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington

Lesley Frohling, Human Rights Campaign

Mary Ann Gomez, Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute

Nick Grossman, United States International Trade Commission

Vinita Hall, Marzulla Law, LLC

Samantha Hogenson, Center for Responsible Travel

Barbara Jones, U.S. Small Business Administration

Julie Kantor, STEMconnector

John Madigan, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Cathy Maher, GlobalGiving

Barry Margeson, Eastern Market

William Marsh, Voice of America

Michael Murphy, Development Associate

Tom Netting, Akerman LLP

Carla Portalanza, Embassy of Ecuador

Talmesha Richards, Chief Academic and Diversity Officer

Maria del Rocio Vazquez Alvarez, Consulate of Mexico

Kristina Romines, National Organization for Women

Iliana Sepúlveda, BIZLAC

Chris Sibilla, Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training

Katie Tobin, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Reinaldo Torres, Inter American Defense College

Scott Treibitz, Tricom Associates

Kelly Waters, Rep. Leonard Lance

Daniel L. Weaver, Buchanan & Mitchell

Rachael Wilkinson, Studio Theatre

Terese Winegan, Near South East Asia Center


To view photos from the reception, click here

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