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ABPA INSTITUTE'S JOURNAL

Issue 22 | September 16, 2022 

New Program Announcement and Hear from Our Interns!
As we enter the Fall 2022 season, we are energized for what’s to come as we rollout our new programs and continue to support the efforts of our Internship Placement Program. We continue to build our partnership list to present more opportunities for placement to our student audience. As we enter this new season, we are reflecting on a successful summer term of the Internship Placement Program. We are proud to share that we placed 28 students throughout a variety of opportunities with our partners for the summer/fall 2022 term. These positions had focuses in marketing/outreach, finance, federal/public policy, and research. As we continue to grow our partnerships and focus on opportunities beyond those categories, we anticipate even more growth in these numbers going forward.

ABPA Institute also wrapped up a successful Bureau of Land Management (BLM) summer term with four placements across the country. We are on our third year of partnering with the organization and providing recruitment and marketing efforts for their opportunities and expense support to our placed interns to ensure a seamless internship experience. The many behind the scenes processes includes screening all applicants, providing guidance to applicants to ensure they have a strong application, working closely with the placed students to provide support for travel, housing, and day to day expenses, and collaborating with BLM program managers to develop a strong cohesive relationship. We are proud of our placed interns for successfully completing their programs and now being eligible for Direct Hire Authority (DHA) with The Bureau of Land Management.

We are also excited to share more information on our latest program launch: Women’s Empowerment Program. This is one of the objectives we have strived to achieve and are looking forward to continuing to pursue the mission alliance of ensuring women have the necessary tools to receive full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership roles at all levels of decision making in political, economic, and public life.
Introducing: Women's Empowerment Program By ABPA Institute! 
While continuing to maintain our Internship Placement Program, ABPA Institute is expanding its program offering to include a Women’s Empowerment Program. With this new program, our focus is on the fifth goal of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal being Gender Equality. 

Our programs will be curated to sit within these three domains of Education, Financial Independence, and Personal Ambitions. We will host networking events, webinars, and offer both individual and group coaching in the coming months. Stay connected with us and our updates on LinkedIn and our Website. 
Meet Our New Fall 2022 ABPA Interns!

Congratulations to all of the new fall 2022 ABPA Interns! This cohort will contribute greatly to many research projects to support our new programs and the growth of ABPA Institute. 
Megan Friedman is a junior at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service studying International Politics with a concentration in International Security and a minor in Arabic. She is interested in national security issues as well as U.S. foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East. From this internship she hopes to develop her communication, writing, and leadership skills as well as gain a better understanding of her professional goals after graduation.
Mikayla Miller is a sophomore at George Mason University majoring in Anthropology with a minor in Forensic Science. She chose this field of study because she's very interested in people and the societies they live or lived in (along with a little bit of crime solving). During this internship, she hopes to make connections with peers and create a good networking system. She's also excited to gain experience in research, networking, and potentially helping students find their place. She hopes to also continue her studies with a Master's degree after completing her Bachelor's.
Reggie is a senior attending the University of Michigan studying Political Science and Sociology. He's particularly interested in the subjects of civil rights, voter rights and trends, American political development, and health and wealth inequality. He's excited to intern with ABPA, and looking forward to building skills in research, project development and management, communications, team building, and independent work. After graduating, he sees himself working in advocacy or research in a political realm for a few years before applying to law school. 
Reham Ahmed Lotfy is a BA holder in Economics and Political Science from Cairo University, English Section. Her major is Economics and minor is Statistics. She is interested in volunteering, researching, organizing events as well as tutoring and mentoring. She believes in Albert Einstein's quote of wisdom that "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving forward."
 
She hopes that by the end of this internship, she will have greatly improved her communication, negotiation, research and time management skills, She also hopes to have enriched her network with more valuable connections.
 
Kindly find below her email and Linkedin profile link for any potential cooperation
Email: reham.ahmed2018@fepss.edu.eg
LinkedIn account: linkedin.com/in/reham-ahmed-lotfy-8a0651171       
A Successful Bureau of Land Management Internship Term

This is our third year partnering with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and placing students in various positions throughout the United States. Our partnership with them aligns as they look to engage the next generation of conservation stewards, while expanding their diversity and inclusion. The internships range across disciplines and specialties and are a variety of Direct Hire Authority (DHA). Students who intern with the organization are presented with internal career opportunities upon graduation. The positions are paid and offer compensation for the interns travel to the site and their housing throughout the internship. We start recruitment for these internships in spring, and the interns complete their internships in the summer term.

Some of the accepted majors are: Biology/Ecology, Business Management and Administration, Public Policy/Administration, Engineering and Architecture, General Education, Natural Resources Management, Resource Management and Protection, Historic and/or Cultural Resources Management. To qualify, students must be 18 years old, enrolled in an accredited university, must have a valid state issued driver’s license and must be a U.S. Citizen or Green Card Holder. We are excited to start recruitment for the Summer 2023 term, and if anyone is interested in more information, they can reach out to the ABPA team at: career@abpadc.org
 
Below is a testimony from one of our interns that was placed in New Mexico. Each month we will feature a testimony from one of our BLM interns to highlight their incredible accomplishments. We are proud of these professionals for taking on a new experience that led many of them to travel away from their home state for the summer, gaining more knowledge and hands on experience in their field, and furthering their professional development. Congrats BLM 2022 Interns!

Testimony From BLM Intern, Maritza Vasquez:
Maritza Vasquez, Planning/Environmental Specialist
 
"This summer I interned full-time for the Bureau of Land Management at the Carlsbad Field Office in New Mexico as a Planning Intern. Literally not even a full day after graduation I took off on a plane to New Mexico. I flew back to Los Angeles on the last day of my internship and the next day left for Ithaca (so not even a full day back at home either)! Regardless of the circumstances, this internship was truly rewarding as it provided me a lot of insight on the extractive industry and the BLM's multiple-use and sustainable yield management. There are a lot of resources worth protecting and I was fortunate to have gained exposure from different departments (Wildlife, Botany, Geology, NEPA, NRS, etc.). As a Planning Intern my responsibilities consisted of ensuring NEPA compliance, facilitating NEPA meetings, and attending meetings with project developers. Near the end of my internship, I performed a final presentation on the incorporation of the Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases in air quality analysis as a result of recent litigations.

In addition to my work days, the other interns and I visited several other public lands in New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment and the neighboring state of Texas. A few of our stops included Carlsbad Caverns, Guadalupe Mountains (I hiked the highest point in Texas), White Sands, and Big Bend National Parks. I definitely developed a greater appreciation for our public lands and this is something I will take on with me as I continue my career.
This fall I officially started my Master's in City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. This internship strengthened my passion for the field of planning, however I would love to work more closely in planning for sustainable and just development back in my hometown after graduation.
 
I definitely recommend interning with the BLM, it was such a rewarding experience, the work environment and people made it a summer to remember."
Hear From Our Partners Amideast:
Laddering Programs Change Young Gazan Lives
Taken in combination, Amideast's programs have a “laddering” effect for underserved youth across the region, paving the way to new opportunities and making the impossible attainable for the brightest among them. This year, the impactful connectivity among their programs helped three Gazan refugee youth find their way to MIT. Read more about these inspiring individuals, and learn more about Amideast below. 
READ MORE
Internship Partner Spotlight: 
KARAMAH is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting human rights globally, especially gender equity, religious freedom and civil rights in the United States. It pursues its mission through education, legal outreach and advocacy.

KARAMAH’s mission is to educate all people on the just, gender equitable foundation of Islam. We produce, promote and publish Islamic scholarship, from a non-patriarchal perspective, through our programs and publications. We contribute to social and legal discourse by emphasizing core Islamic principles of civil and human rights.  We challenge and inspire Muslim women to become leaders in their communities and throughout the world.

Our partners are at KARAMAH are still looking for fall interns! If interested, please send a resume, cover letter indicating when you are available to intern, and how many hours per week you are available, and a brief writing sample to career@abpadc.org
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Follow ABPA on LinkedIn! 
ABPA is currently embarking on creating a more expansive LinkedIn account for new students looking for internships, past student ambassadors, and business professionals. ABPA hopes to include student testimonials, current events and networking opportunities. Make sure to follow us on LinkedIn for further ABPA updates.    
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Connect With Us On Handshake
Looking for a meaningfully internship opportunity? 
Find us on Handshake as "ABPA Institute" to stay connected with us, apply to our current internship opportunities, as well as stay in the know for new internship opportunities that are added weekly.

A look at our current opportunities with our partner organizations on Handshake and our Job Board: 

Plan Ahead! Spring/Summer 2023 Opportunities Now Listed!
If interested, please submit your resume through Handshake and someone from our team will connect you with our employer partner looking to fill the role.
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