Enloe High School
International Business Internship Program
Our Life-Changing Project
Class of 2020
My name is Udai Virk and I attend William G. Enloe Magnet High School in Raleigh, North Carolina as a junior. I am currently enrolled in various Advanced Placement courses in my school as well.
At my school, I am part of the Medical Bio-Science Academy (MBSA), a program that is geared towards providing me with a course load that heavily touches upon health sciences. Furthermore, through MBSA, I am able to access various volunteering and planning opportunities that are directed towards the local community in Raleigh. For example, I have aided in organizing a local health fair and given educational puppet shows to local elementary schools. Currently, I am also enrolled in the National Academy Foundation (NAF), and I won the 2018 National Lenovo App Challenge with the app I created. The application I developed, Respirate, is directed towards supplementing pulmonary rehabilitation, the only plausible treatment for individuals diagnosed with chronic lung disorders. This year, I am part of MBSA board, acting as the head of the subcommittee for the Lenovo App Challenge, and I will be taking over on planning and coordinating the challenge at school for this school year. This past June, I attended the national NAF Next Conference, held in Washington DC, to present Respirate to the attendees and eventually win the 2018 Fan Favorite Award. In school, I have been part of Key Club and my school baseball team since freshman year, putting in countless hours a week after school. In my sophomore year, I participated and competed in Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), and for the state conference, my team and I created a PSA regarding pre-diabetes. Also this past year, I joined the school student council as well, serving as an advisor on my class council. During my summers, I spend my time, on a daily basis, volunteering and coordinating events at a local nursing home named Windsor Point. I volunteer there, annually, to ensure that the residents are able to attain a small sliver of brightness and excitement to their somewhat repetitive daily lives.
Crazily enough, I accidentally arrived to the summit in DC a day early, being confused about the dates of the program; however, I could instantly feel the sense of welcoming and genuine care that resonated from the LI interns and staff from the moment I stepped foot into the dorms. That same day, I spent an hour speaking to Umar, the liaison of Leadership Initiatives to Nigeria, and he instantly told me that I would be a good fit for the IBIP program. This is one of the reasons I am so thrilled to be a part of this program; the fact that everyone at Leadership Initiatives genuinely cares for those enrolled in it. The opportunity to expand my horizons past my local community, and to consider myself as a global citizen, is a once-in-a-lifetime chance. I am absolutely ecstatic to know that the work that my team and I accomplish will go towards improving the livelihood of numerous lives across the globe. This opportunity grants me the ability to hone my leadership skills, improve my skill of building interpersonal, professional relationships, and present myself to the world. That, ultimately, in being able to present my ideas to the outside world, is what I am most excited for above all.
Class of 2020
My name is Angela Lewis and I am a Junior at Enloe High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. In my free time, I enjoy reading, painting and playing my violin. I am currently in Advanced Placement classes at my school, and am very passionate about history and english.
I am involved in numerous clubs at my school. I hold high board positions multiple clubs at my school, all of which are service and community based. I am on Executive Committee for Student Council, A Head Marshal for Marshaling and the Junior Representative for National Honor Society. I am also in my school's Russian Club and Young Democrats Club. I am heavily involved in a Student Council Program at my school called Charity Ball. Each year, we pick a Charity from our county and raise money completely through student led efforts for them over the course of the fall semester. This coming year, our goal is to raise $200,000 for the Autism Society of North Carolina, and last year we raised $180,000 for another deserving local charity. Outside of school, I enjoy volunteering as a Teacher’s Assistant with a children’s art class on a weekly basis, which I have been doing for three years, and I take take violin lessons outside of school. Additonally, I was a CILT (Camper in Leadership Training) at Camp Seafarer this summer for a month and plan to return as a counselor.
I am so honored and thankful to be a given this once in a lifetime opportunity. I believe that a life worth living is a life filled with service to others, and that it is imperative to always be alive with purpose. The idea that our team can potentially help someone have a better quality of life even though they are thousands of miles away is something that is simply awe inspiring. I am prepared to learn and grow as a person through this exciting process. I am so excited to work towards a sustainable solution with my team as well as build a lasting partnership with our business.
Class of 2020
My name is Ankith Kodali and I am currently a Junior at Enloe High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. On top of the various advanced placement courses I am currently enrolled in I like to spend my free time programming with statistics as well as watching and following sports.
I am currently president of the chess club, a member of the quiz bowl team, and a part of a local robotics team. Unlike most schools, our chess team does not have the ability to have professional coaches so I took it upon myself to teach as well as be a leader for our team. In the two years since its inception, the chess team has taken third and second place at consecutive state championships which is something I am proud of. With my robotics team I have the ability to do various mechanical, electrical, programming, and volunteering work. For the past year I was able to mentor a Junior FIRST Lego League team made up of kids coming from underprivileged backgrounds. In a society where STEM education is often stigmatized from a young age it felt very rewarding to be getting kids hooked onto STEM which is something I plan on continuing to do this year. I am also very interested in data analytics and I spend some of my time trying to create meaningful analytics in various fields through the use of R programming.
I was very happy to be joining the IBIP from the moment I was invited because it presents such a unique opportunity for me. Being able to create meaningful solutions alongside my friends gives me the ability to grow myself as a person in many ways. Being able to work with someone as far away as Nigeria will definitely provide a very beneficial experience that I will remember for a lifetime. I’m looking forward to what is to come!
Class of 2020
My name is Hayden Rains, I am currently a Junior at Enloe High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. I love social sciences and am currently taking several advanced placement courses in several social sciences, and I love improv and sketch comedy and am very involved with Enloe’s drama programs.
I am currently an advisor for our Junior class council, I am very excited to be a newcomer to the Student Body and have already made new friends and many new connections throughout Raleigh. Other than Student Council my greatest achievement in high school thus far has been being elected as the Co-Captain (Or junior captain) of Enloe’s improv troupe the Happy Accidents. As a Happy Accident I perform with 20 other members at live shows for Enloe’s Drama nights and around Raleigh, for example, last year in May the Happy Accidents performed a show at a comedy club to raise money for the Parkland shooting victims families. Doing something that I love like improv to help such an awesome cause makes me feel not only validated as a comedian but also a member of our society. I also am on the Enloe swim team who has won our regional championship 7 years in a row and am a video producer and editor for Enloe’s production crew Eagle Productions.
Udai, being one of my good friends, talked this program up so much from day one, I could tell he was all invested and cared very much about IBIP. When he offered me a chance to be a part of it I was so thankful already not even really knowing what it was all about. The amount of connections, interpersonal relationship building, and life experience this program offers is second to none. This first week has already committed me to an 18-month program I'm sure I will miss once it ends. To be able to help people, gain the life experience, and be tasked with real-world jobs and scenarios is something I live for, and for that, I have to thank the International Business Internship Program so, so much for the opportunity!
Class of 2020
My name is Sriram Srinivasan and I am a junior at William G. Enloe High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. I love studying science and math and am currently enrolled in several Advanced Placement courses in those subjects. I enjoy programming and competing in both athletic and academic competitions.
I am a member of multiple service organizations both inside and outside of school. In school, I am a member of Key Club, with over 100 service hours over the past two years. Outside of school, one of the organizations that I am involved with is Cary Teen Council. I have 50 hours through Cary Teen Council over the past 3 years. The past two summers I have volunteered as part of the Junior Volunteer program at Duke Raleigh Hospital in Raleigh, NC. This has been a great experience for me as I have gotten to learn about certain units in the hospital and how a hospital runs as a whole. This past summer I had the opportunity of being a Teen Lead within the Junior Volunteer program. I have been playing basketball recreationally through Town of Cary Parks and Recreation. I have also been playing cricket competitively for 3 years, representing North Carolina as well as the Southeast Region in various national tournaments in New Jersey, Illinois, California, and a number of other states. In school I am part of Quiz Bowl, Science Olympiad, and HOSA. All three of these clubs are academic competitions that occur throughout the year. I have been a part of the Science Olympiad teams at both my middle school and high school. Last year I joined the HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) team at my school and competed in the Epidemiology event at the state level where I placed in the top 10. I am part of the Medical Bio-Science Academy (MBSA) at my school as well. MBSA has provided me with various opportunities to explore the healthcare field as well as to get some hands-on experience while doing community outreach. This past year, all of the students in MBSA worked together to organize a health fair for the local community around the school. At the health fair we had various booths to inform about healthy choices, as well as places where people could measure their height, weight, etc.
I am so excited to be a part of IBIP for the next 2 years because it provides an opportunity like no other organization. The amount of experience, knowledge, connections, and skills that can be developed through interaction within the IBIP team as well as with those who we are trying to help is invaluable. The knowledge that a group of high school students can help a small business as far away as Nigeria is amazing in itself, but knowing that I will be part of this process makes it that much more extraordinary. I cannot wait to get started and am extremely thankful to the International Business Internship Program for this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Class of 2020
My name is Snigdha Sompalli, and I am a junior at Enloe High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. I am currently enrolled in several Advanced Placement academic courses.
I am currently a member of Key Club, with over 100 hours of service for that club. I also volunteer with Oak City Soccer and TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer), both of which are programs that give the chance for kids with disabilities to play soccer. I play year-round club soccer, and last summer, my team had the opportunity to play at national playoffs in Seattle, Washington. In addition to club soccer, this is my third year playing for the Varsity Women’s Soccer team. During both my freshman and sophomore years, I made the All-Conference Team and Academic All-Conference Team. Furthermore, I am a school Marshal, as well as a member of the Sports Medicine Team.
I am very excited to join the International Business Internship Program because it is a great opportunity to expand my horizons and assist people in a way that I would have never thought I could. Not only am I excited that our team is going to be closely integrated in the business’ building process, but I am also excited that we will be able to learn so much from the experience. It is an honor to work such a great team and program, and I am glad that we will collectively be able to help make a difference from halfway around the world!
Our Business Partner: Kamalu Power Generator Repair
Business Owner: Kamaluddeen Muhammad Safiyo
Business Location: Federal Low-Cost Bauchi
Story of the Business
Learning how to repair little faulty mechanical and electrical things has always been a flair for Kamal.
After his secondary school education, Kamal decided to learn how to repair and maintain Power generators being that he had always loved to work with electrical and mechanical things. He learned the business from his father, He became very good at it in just a short while. He started his own workshop at home, while the business was growing and the space he was occupying was not enough. Kamal then got little space that’s is better than the previous one.
About the Owner: Kamaluddeen Muhammad Safiyo
Kamal is the eighth son of his parents. He has 17 siblings, most of which had to learn a skill after their secondary school education because of the lack of funds to finance their university education. Kamal began learning how to repair power generators about 7 years ago and because of his flair for mechanical devices he picked up the skill quickly. Over the years, the income he has made has helped him to help his mother with some of his siblings. The income from the business has been very helpful for not only him but also his family, his friends, his employees and their families. He has also been able to train many others on the same skill. Kamal is very grateful for the opportunities provided to him by the business.
So far the business is doing well, today he has about 13 employees all who are doing very well. The repair business is not only a source of income for him and his employees it is also like a place of refuge for many of the young men, keeping them from drifting off into other vices. Kamal’s business has kept many young boys off the streets and thus keeping them from being a nuisance in the community.