Darden Nonprofit Internship Fund

Past Recipients

Recipient Spotlight

Aba Ackun

Aba is originally from Ghana in West Africa. She has over five years of finance experience across the mining and financial services industries. She began her career with the Business Planning team at Newmont Mining Corporation, went on to spend two years as a currency dealer at Barclays, and transitioned into credit risk management at Accion International-a US based microfinance organization. At Accion she worked with a team that spanned Africa, Asia, and Latin America and was instrumental in implementing technical assistance programs in Africa. Over the summer, she worked with Partners for the Common Good, a Washington DC based fund, where she helped the organization to invest $1.2 million in Impact Investment Funds across 6 continents. She is very passionate about Finance and making an impact on the lives of others and in her spare time loves to cook, travel, and dance.

Hope Moffett

Coming into Darden with an education background, Hope continued to work in the sector during her summer internship as a Graduate Fellow with Education Pioneers in Washington D.C. With the backing of DNIF, she was able to consult with a model Tier 1 Charter Management Organization in the District where she completed  the following projects:
• Analyzed student achievement data, informing board priorities and curricular choices for upcoming year.
• Highlighted statistical trends in teacher observations & performance reviews at 3 schools to advise HR policy.
• Transformed teacher inputs into performance trackers, improving efficiency & accuracy of student analytics.
• Quantified the effect of summer learning loss and identified the students most in need of interventions to counter its effects.

Her work was valuable to the organization that they hired her for ongoing consulting work during the following year.

Anna Payne 

Anna spent her summer with The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County in Colorado. As a marketing and development intern, she focused on a project for the Foundation's Business Model Task Force that looked at potential revenue generation of a new service offering and in-depth donor interviews that were used to develop suggestions for enhancing the sales process to attract new donors. At Darden, Anna serves as the President of the Business & Public Policy Club and the Director of Net Impact's Board Fellows program that coordinates nonprofit board shadowing experiences for First Year Students.

Isaac Salem

Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Structured Finance, Washington DC

In addition to an MBA from Darden, Isaac is working towards an MA in International Relations and International Economics from Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies.  After his first year of this dual-degree program, he spent the summer working at OPIC, a self-funding development bank that is part of the US federal government.  There, he conducted due diligence on project finance loans, primarily to US companies building infrastructure in emerging markets.  

Past Recipients

Summer 2012

Laura Durity- Federal Reserve Board, Division of Banking Regulation and Supervision, Washington, DC

Laurel Nguyen- Business Plan Consultant, National Park Service, Grand Canyon National Park

Jason A. Phan- Legal Intern, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Risk, Strategy, and Financial Innovation- Washington, DC

Kathleen Sheehan- Special Projects Consultant, Year Up

Porter Thomsen- District of Columbia Public Schools, Office of the Chief Operating Officer

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