Fall 2015| Posse D.C. Quarterly


WilmerHale Hosts Internship Celebration

Bucknell University Scholar Ahmed Elnaiem and Posse D.C. Career Program Manager Akash Tharani.

More than 70 guests attended the annual Posse D.C. Internship Celebration at WilmerHale to celebrate the professional accomplishments of D.C. Scholars and alumni. Adding a twist to traditional networking, guests participated in signature Posse activities designed to promote lively discussions.

Guest speaker Jonathan Aberman, the managing director of Amplifier Ventures, offered insightful advice to Scholars on how to stand out in the professional world.

“If you look to your right and left, and believe you have a good idea, raise your hand," said Jonathan. "That has been the most useful insight of my career. The willingness to take a risk and be accountable. If you are able to pick your moments, and deliver, at a time when other people do not know what to do, you will be a leader.”

Bucknell Posse Scholar Ahmed Elnaiem shared a presentation about his summer experience in Ethiopia, where he gained exposure to medical humanitarian work and clinical research targeting neglected tropical diseases. Ahmed’s trip was made possible through the Posse Summer Leadership Award, which provides funding for a select number of Scholars pursuing transformative unpaid summer opportunities.

“I think my experience goes to show that if you think outside the box and pursue whatever it is you’re passionate about, Posse can and will help you get there, even if it is in a small remote village in Ethiopia,” says Ahmed.

Since 2007, Posse D.C.’s Career Program has more than doubled its internship partners, and the number of Scholars hired by career partners is four times what it was when the local Career Program started. 

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