Robert E. Lee
International Business Internship Program
Our Life-Changing Project
Class of 2019
My name is Calvin Truong and I am currently a senior at Lee High School. This year, I am currently enrolled in International Baccalaureate courses and also an IB Diploma candidate at my school.
I am president of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) at my school, in which I have competed on the state and national level in Accounting I and Accounting II. On the weekends, I help coach basketball to children ages 4-12 at a local elementary school. In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball, writing poetry, and making an absolute fool of myself.
I saw the IBIP Leadership Initiatives program as a grand opportunity to explore the realm of business as well as engage myself in impacting communities in a positive manner. It is a learning process for me personally and a journey that I hope will pay dividends for myself and others in the long-term aspect. I believe that this is a grand opportunity to assist those who also share the same goals/interests as us to have a successful and fulfilling life.
Class of 2019
My name is Sadia Hossain, and I am a senior at Robert E. Lee High School. I enjoy reading and playing the guitar in my free time. Currently, I am a candidate in the IB Diploma Program, hence taking eight of the most demanding courses offered at my school.
Currently, I am Vice President of Lee’s National Spanish Honor Society, and am a prominent member of the National English, Science, and History Honor societies. Therefore, I am very academically involved in school. I am also an active member in the local community and spend time volunteering in various service projects throughout the year including Operation Smile and Cranes for a Cause, as well as miscellaneous service projects with the Lee High School chapter of Key Club. Furthermore, I have been a participant in the Fairfax County Regional Science Fair for the past two years, placing second in my category last year.
This year I am looking forward to participating in the International Business Internship Program because it is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the world for a greater cause through business.The experience will allow me to contribute and be involved a project that has global significance while collaborating with others who share a common goal.
Class of 2019
My name is Haris Saeed, and I am a senior at Robert E. Lee High School. I am in the IB diploma program at my high school.
Currently, I serve as the Vice President of the National History Honor society and Co President of Science Olympiad. I was also the public relations officer in the National Math Honor Society and Treasurer for the Technology Student Association at my school. I’ve played tennis for four years on my school’s Varsity team and have recently become a team captain. I am an active member in many of the honor societies at my school as well as the Future Business Leaders of America.
The International Business Internship Program is my first global service program that I have been in. While my service in other programs has impacted my community, this program enables me to impact the world on a global scale. I am very excited to be working with my friends in order to help businesses across the world grow and expand.
Frank A. Carlos Salcedo
Class of 2019
My name is Frank C, and I am senior at Robert E. Lee High school. In my free time, I study music or a foreign language, as well as playing video games. This year, I am currently working to get my IB Diploma at my school.
I am the President of Spanish Honor Society for this school, and I’ve been re-elected as SPL (Senior Patrol Leader) in my Troop, Troop 856 Springfield VA. I enjoy playing and creating music and I take this passion seriously and even placed in the Junior District Orchestra. I am also member of the National Science and Math Honor societies and continue to participate in various clubs. I play multiple instruments and progress with my knowledge of music.
I’m ecstatic to be part of something unique in helping a new business grow. The International Business Internship Program gives me the honor to have an global impact on other part of the world.
Class of 2019
My name is Andrew Nguyen, a senior at Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield, VA. I currently attend multiple International Baccalaureate/Advanced Placement courses and High School Academy programs.
I am deeply involved in my high school community through many extracurricular activities. I currently serve as the Co-President for the National History Honor Society, and actively participate in National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society). In addition to these honor societies, I also participate in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), the school tennis team, and have previously participated in the high school orchestra program. I also spend my time in various community service and cultural/youth organisations in the area. I hope to continue my membership in these student organisations as well as expand my participation elsewhere in the community.
The International Business Internship Program marks my first experience in an leadership program of this nature, and I’m very excited to begin work in IBIP this year along with my peers. The program provides a unique and interesting opportunity to expand my business skills and connect with business leaders across the world, while also making a significant impact in the local community and the world around me. I hope that my participation in IBIP will allow me to make a difference in the lives of others, and I look forward to the innovative solutions that will come about from the IBIP team.
Class of 2019
My name is Ethan Perritt, a senior of Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield, VA. My class schedule consists of all International Baccalaureate courses.
Besides my rigorous courses, I am the editor-in-chief for my school newspaper and have worked on it for all four years. I’ve worked hard to keep the paper alive amidst budgeting issues and other problems which have arisen over the years. In addition to this, I spend a majority of my time writing short stories and continually constructing my next novel. Many of these have been published.
The IB Internship Program is my first experience with a leadership position of this magnitude.This, of course, is exciting for me. It acts as a sort of ‘easing-into’ college and will allow me to work in a group situation, having to rely on others. This will also allow me to make a positive change in the world, something I have always been interested. I look forward to helping my team and making the world a better place.
Class of 2019
My name is Harshil and I am currently a senior at Lee High School. I am an IB Career Program candidate with a focus in STEM. I am enrolled in many high level IB, AP, and Dual Enrolled courses. I plan to major in Computer Science with a minor or double major in Business Management.
In my freetime I enjoy exploring and reading about advancements in technology, especially AI and machine learning, and learning about new business tactics/innovations being used by high level companies. My hobbies include competitive dancing, an activity I have been enjoying thoroughly from a young age. Through my interest in dance I have had the opportunity to perform at award functions and win first place multiple times at national competitions. Over the summer I participated in an internship where I shadowed RF engineers and learned about wireless technologies and set up smartphones with new software to support that technology. The most enjoyable part of the internship was observing how managers handle teams and how daily business operations work.
I am excited to join the IBIP program because I wish to learn more about business and how to manage and raise money for startups. I believe this opportunity can help me find the business exposure I was looking for and will provide me with a background on how to start or manage a business of my own in the future.
Our Business Partner: Tailoring
Business Owner: Abdulhadi Ahmad
Business Location: Yelwan Makaranta, Bauchi state
Story of the Business
Leadership Initiatives and the International Business Internship Program have enabled Abdulhadi to support his family, achieve financial independence, and find overall success in his business. He is currently working with International Business Internship Program students to expand his advertising, learn new methods to accurately take measurements, create branded tags for his clothing, expand curriculum in his training school, and create new clothing designs that model western clothing trends.
About the Owner: Abdulhadi Ahmad
In 2006, Abdulhadi’s father passed away, leaving him to take care of his seven younger siblings and mother. However, Abdulhadi had no sustainable income and struggled to care for his family on his own. Despite this, Abdulhadi continued to work hard, and after completing the Leadership Initiatives’ Business Training Program, Abdulhadi learned how to tailor clothing and found an apprenticeship at a tailoring shop. Abdulhadi worked for three years, and Leadership Initiatives then provided him with the equipment necessary to open his own shop. In 2009, Abdulhadi opened his own tailoring shop in Bauchi, Nigeria.
Abdulhadi has grown his business and now has eight student apprentices learning how to tailor in his shop. Abdulhadi hopes these apprenticeships will provide young men and women in his community with the opportunity he had to find sustainable income and open his own business. Community leaders from Abdulhadi’s village have said his apprenticeships have greatly reduced youth unemployment and drug abuse. Abdulhadi continues to support his family and pay for the educational expenses of his siblings. So far, Abdulhadi’s tailoring business directly benefits 14 people in his wider community.