3. Unlocking Potential: Maryann’s Professional Growth Through AAI Internship in Kenya

Unlocking Potential: Maryann’s Professional Growth Through AAI Internship in Kenya

AAI Graduates 2024.04.10

Maryann, an AAI Graduate from Kenya who studied Economics at Keio University in Japan, completed an eight-week internship at Konnect Youth Consortium (KYC) in Kenya in 2023. Her role in the Skills Infusion Program included social media management, financial literacy teaching, and grant research.

Internships in Africa offer Scholars of the Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) invaluable opportunities to immerse themselves in diverse cultures, economies, and social landscapes. These experiences not only broaden their perspectives but also equip them with practical skills crucial for addressing the continent’s unique challenges, fostering both personal growth and community impact.

Maryann reported, “My internship experience at Konnect Youth Consortium was enriching. Not only did I have the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge I had acquired to real-life situations, but I also felt valued as a contributing member of the team.”

Notably, Maryann’s social media strategy boosted KYC’s Instagram engagement by 353% and increased followers by 12%. She curated a compelling company profile, implemented tools like Canva and Grammarly, and designed an engaging financial literacy curriculum. “What stood out to me the most was the supportive environment fostered by my supervisor,” she says. “I deeply appreciated the trust and autonomy given to me to explore creative and innovative solutions, all while receiving invaluable guidance and feedback.”

Her dedication to KYC’s mission extended to meaningful interactions and insights, fostering a newfound passion for non-profit work. Maryann’s transformative journey reflects her commitment to community service and professional development.

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