International Business Internship Program
Our Life-Changing Project
Class of 2021
Andres is a sophomore at Bethesda Chevy Chase (B-CC) High School. He has two brothers, Eduardo and Nico, who are juniors at the Georgia Institute of Technology and DeMatha High School, respectively. At school, Andres takes many advanced courses, including HON Spanish 5, AP U.S. NSL (Government), HON Chemistry, HON English 10, AP Computer Science JAVA, HON Physics, and HON Pre-Calculus. His favorite subject in school is math, and he also enjoys reading. He displayed excellent academic performance in his freshman year, receiving straight A’s.
He participates in a number of activities at school including sports and clubs. For example, he is a member of the Chess Club and Green Club, which aims to make the environment cleaner through activities such as making recycling posters and eco-friendly soap. Moreover, he is on B-CC’s Cross Country Team. In addition to his school endeavors, Andres also enjoys a number of extra-curricular activities. He plays the piano and is on a recreational soccer team. Finally, he worked as a Counselor-in-Training (CIT) at the YMCA for two weeks over the summer where he helped teach young children how to swim. During his time as a CIT at the YMCA, he learned a lot of leadership skills.
Now, he is participating in the Leadership Initiatives International Business Internship Program, where he strives to enhance his interest in politics and the environment. Moreover, he is excited to work closely with a Nigerian business so that he can, with his teammates, hopefully, change the life of the business owner for the better through his innovation and creativity.
Class of 2020
Mark Western is a 16-year-old junior at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC. He was born in Washington DC and grew up in Bethesda, MD. He has two siblings, Isabel (Isa), who is 15, and Camilla (Cami), who is 8. Mark comes from a multicultural family; he is half Venezuelan and half American and fluent in Spanish.
Mark is taking several AP/Honors courses at Gonzaga including AP Spanish, AP Art History, and Honors Algebra II. He finished both his freshman and sophomore years of high school with First Honors. In addition to his academic success, Mark is also a member of the Sons of Liberty Club at Gonzaga, which discusses politics in our country today. Moreover, he volunteers at the Father McKenna Center and Bethesda Cares, which serve the homeless. One of Mark’s many interests is soccer. He is playing on Gonzaga’s Varsity Soccer Team for the second year in a row as well as a competitive year-round travel team called Achilles FC. He is a versatile player, playing both as a left defender and midfielder.
Mark is excited to embark on the International Business Internship Program in order to enhance his communication and collaboration skills. As Nigerian Translator, Mark will be in close contact our Nigerian translator and business partner, so he is also looking forward to working with them to make sure both parties are happy and achieving common goals.
Class of 2021
Isabel (Isa) Western is a 15-year-old sophomore at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Georgetown, D.C. She grew up and lives in Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Maryland and attended St. Jane Francis de Chantal School for Middle School and Wyngate Elementary School for grade school. Isa has a brother, Mark, who is sixteen (16) and a sister, Camilla, who is eight (8). At Georgetown Visitation, Isa enjoys taking Honors English II, Honors Spanish III, and Honors Chemistry as well as Accelerated Math II, Global Patterns II (History), and Religion II. Her freshman year, Isa was recognized with First Honors for her outstanding academic achievement.
Isa also plays on multiple Georgetown Visitation sports teams including ice hockey and rugby and contributes to their theatre and art departments through her participation in the dance ensemble and spring musical. In addition to her schoolwork, Isa participates in a wide variety of extracurricular activities. She is a member of Kaleidoscope, a school club that discusses current events and politics. The club’s efforts are highlighted on “Diversity Day,” which is dedicated to educating other students at Georgetown Visitation about their work. Isa is also a part of Christian Action Service where she volunteers in activities like making heart-warming cards for the sick. She is a member of Think Pink, a breast cancer awareness club, and Best Buddies, an international non-profit organization whose goal is to create friendships with the intellectually and developmentally disabled.
Finally, this past summer, Isa participated in a Medical Summit at Georgetown University with Leadership Initiatives and is currently the leader of her team in the International Business Internship Program. She is looking forward to using what she learned over the summer and apply herself to a year-long discovery of what it takes to maintain a successful business. She believes that in helping a Nigerian business through fundraisers and brainstorming solutions to the business’ problems, she will learn more about herself and grow in the process.
Class of 2021
Lucia Delgado is a sophomore at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda, Maryland. She plays lacrosse for B-CC as well as soccer and basketball outside of school. She lives in Chevy Chase, MD and attended Westland Middle School and Chevy Chase Elementary School. She has an older sister, Paloma, who also goes to B-CC. She participates in the Lead the Way program at B-CC which prepares students to pursue careers in engineering. The fact that B-CC is an International Baccalaureate School helps students apply the knowledge they gain in school to real world settings.
At B-CC, Lucia takes Honors Spanish 5, Honors Algebra 2, Honors English 10, Honors Chemistry, AP Government, and Principles of Engineering. She finished her freshman year with First Class Honors. Lucia volunteers not only locally but also internationally. In D.C., she volunteers at her temple, Washington Hebrew Congregation, and works food and clothing drives. She also aids her temple when they assemble packaged meals for the homeless. In addition, she volunteered in Colombia at a foundation that helps teenage mothers gain technical expertise so that they can support their families.
She is currently a member of the International Business Internship Program (IBIP), where she hopes to gain valuable knowledge about Nigerian politics and businesses through working closely with her team, including the Nigerian translator and business partner. As Fundraising Chair, Lucia is looking forward to raising money for a deserving cause and educating her community about the IBIP Program and its work.
Our Business Partner: Salon
Business Owner: Grace Adannu
Business Location: Wunti market, Bauchi State, Nigeria
Story of the Business
Grace is very excited and honored to partner with Leadership Initiatives and the International Business Internship Program. After over 10 years in the salon business, Grace hopes the amazing ideas from her International Business Internship Program (IBIP) teams will allow her to expand her business, yield a greater profit, employ more young women, and give back to her community for many more years to come.
About the Owner: Grace Adannu
After graduating from secondary school, Grace Adannu decided she wanted to make a difference in her community. Grace trained as a salon apprentice for three years to learn the basics of the trade. She traveled to Gombe, a neighboring state, to learn the logistics of running a small business as a salon worker. After she raised enough capital to support her own business, Grace opened up her own hair and beauty salon in Bauchi, Nigeria.
Thus far, Grace has trained 11 young women and hopes to train more. Her salon apprenticeships empower young women by creating opportunities to learn a valuable trade and achieving financial independence in their underdeveloped community. Grace is also a single mother of two children, whom she raised alone while also running her salon business. Her 26-year-old son studies Crime Management in the Bauchi Federal Polytechnic Institute and her 16-year-old daughter is finishing secondary school. Grace not only single-handedly funded her children’s education, but also provided an education for her younger sister, who is enrolled in the Federal Polytechnic Institute. Grace and her salon currently benefit over 34 people in her own and surrounding communities.