Academy of the Holy Cross
International Business Internship Program
Our Life-Changing Project
Class of 2020
My name is Mi Phan. I am a junior at the Academy of the Holy Cross and an IB diploma candidate. I am interested in a lot of things, but I really like to read, hang out with friends, and cook. At school, I am on the swim and golf team. I'm also in Acapella Club, among some other clubs. Outside of school, I volunteer at Suburban Hospital and am running an event with Leaders’ Institute to raise money to get low-income youth to get their dream Christmas gift. I am also doing IBIP and am an alumni of Youth Leadership Greater Washington.
I have always been interested in business, economics, and the economy. It is something that I want to do in the future and when I was presented this opportunity, I thought it was great so that I could have some more experience about business. In addition, I get to work with people from a different country which is a good opportunity for me to learn about different cultures and economies
Class of 2021
My name is Tyra-Neil Morrison, and I am a sophomore at Academy of the Holy Cross.
I am interested in a lot of things such as, learning new languages, hanging out with my friends,drawing, and technical theater. Outside of school I sometimes volunteer at my church on Sundays and helps the children. I used to play Softball and basketball. I am apart of the technical theater crew at the Academy of the Holy Cross in which I help build props for the school play. I am also interested in engineering, specifically civil engineering.
I have never heard of IBIP until this year but when I was presented with this opportunity to help other people from another country, I was all for it. I may be young and quiet at times but I am a very kind hearted person that loves to help people any time I can. I feel that by doing the IBIP, it an really initiate my learnership skills and help me become more active in the world
Class of 2020
My name is Rebecca Bisrat. I am currently a junior at Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington, Maryland. I am involved in Pro-Life club, Model UN and Onyx Club. I am a hardworking and dedicated student taking many rigorous IB classes at Holy Cross.
I love playing tennis during my free time and am working towards achieving a black belt in karate. I was involved in student council during my sophomore year and am part of the council of pro-life club. In addition, I am involved in volunteer work as a teen mentor for students who have disabilities and work towards helping them.
I am excited to join the IBIP Program because it seems like a very interesting program and am very thankful for the opportunity to be apart of it!
Class of 2019
I am a senior at The Academy of The Holy Cross in Kensington, Maryland. In my free time I like to read books, listen to music and play the guitar. This year, I am completing my final year in IB Diploma program at my high school.
I am currently the Lead Programmer in my school’s FRC Robotics team and I am one of the founding members of the team which started during my sophomore year. I have helped my team create functional robots for competitions leading to our team winning three nationally recognized awards during our first season. I am also the secretary of onyx club, where I help facilitate discussions about minority issues. I love to give back to my community and teach younger kids which is why I volunteer at Q?rius, located in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, where younger children and teens can learn more about natural history. Here I help foster the visitors interest in science through various activities and objects. Additionally, I am starting my fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library as part of the Lily McKee High School Fellows Program. My love for theatre and plays extends to my time spent after school as part of Technical Crew for the performing arts where I help with lighting design and building sets.
I am excited to be in the International Business Internship Program as it gives me the opportunity to help other people who live on the different side of the globe. I also have seen first hand the difficulty of running a business in a similar situation as I lived in Kenya for a few years. I hope that through this program I will not only help our business partner, but also have a good impact on her community.
Class of 2019
I’m a full IB student at the Academy of the Holy Cross, where I participate in tech crew, am president of the international diversity club, and am in the instrumental club. Outside of school, I am a Venture Scout, and participate in service and camping trips throughout the year.
I’m excited to join IBIP program because I want to help others in any way possible and truly loved the medical camp I went to this summer, where I got a firsthand experience of IBIP.
Our Business Partner: Soap Production Business
Business Owner: Falilat Ahmed
Business Location: T1, State Low-Cost Housing Estate Bauchi, Bauchi State- Nigeria
Story of the Business
Falilat’s partnership with Leadership Initiatives and the International Business Internship Program (IBIP) has allowed her to open and greatly expand her business in ways she never could imagine. Falilat hopes the International Business Internship Program teams can work with her to develop new soap fragrances, expand her advertising in the local community, develop a formula and process for bar soap, employee more people in her local community, and expanding her market to other regions in Nigeria.
About the Owner: Falilat Ahmed
While studying chemistry at her local university, Falilat struggled to pay for her education and find a career in the field. However, during her last year at university, Falilat discovered a new passion through a unique course: the chemistry of soap making. After completing school, she decided to follow this passion and use her education to open up a soap-making business in Bauchi, Nigeria.
After three years of business and the help of her employees, Falilat now makes a variety of liquid soaps that can be used to wash plates, cars, clothing, and other surfaces. Falilat has also partnered with local hospitals and businesses to provide soaps and detergents on a regular basis. She uses the profits from her business to pay off her remaining university costs and support her four children as a single mother. Falilat and her soap-making business currently directly benefit 7 people in her wider community.