International Business Internship Program
Our Life-Changing Project
Class of 2019
Hello, my name is Dion Babst and I’m part of the Lake Washington Leadership Initiatives team. I currently serve as the Special Projects. In school, I am ASB Vice President and past positions include Freshman VP, Commissioner, and Junior Class President. I also intern for Bruner’s Orthodontics and will be participating in the Young Executive of Color at UW. I’m excited to be working with Leadership Initiatives for my third year and all the amazing accomplishments we are going to make. I love I have the opportunity of helping and benefiting companies in Nigeria. I’m thrilled to work with an amazing team this year, can’t wait to see the changes we will make.
Barbara Lomeli Gil
Class of 2021
Hello! My name is Barbara Lomeli Gil, I am 15 years old and a sophomore in high school. I am a first year member of Leadership Initiatives and I am so excited to embark in this program. I am in my second year of high school, and I serve in the leadership class at LWHS. Last year I served my school as a Sophomore Secretary and this year I am overjoyed serving as a General Commissioner. Being part of student government has showed me all the different ways you can help your school and community. Helping and serving others is something that I have come to realize I am very passionate about. I have enjoyed serving at my high school and I am very excited to serve in another way through Leadership Initiatives. Being in high school, I’ve started to think what I would like to pursue in my future and as of now I am interested in the medical field and law.
Class of 2020
Hello, my name is Charlotte Kommini and I am a member of Leadership Initiatives on the Lake Washington High School team. I serve as Nigerian Partnership Chair as well as Fundraising Chair. I am a third year student government participant and am now ASB Secretary. I work at a sustainable coffee shop a few times a week and tutor middle school students in math on the weekends. I enjoy volunteering and am a part of a nationally recognized volunteer group through my school that works to help the homeless in our community, cancer patients, and pets in shelters. I can’t wait for my first full year in Leadership Initiatives and am excited to help create sustainable businesses in Nigeria!
Class of 2019
Hello! My name is Anna Captain, and I am a member of the Class of 2019 at Lake Washington High School. I currently serve as Senior Class President and an Intern for the Mayor’s office at Redmond City Hall. My past experience include serving as Junior Class Vice President and Clubs Commissioner. I am also President of her school’s Philosophy Club, which placed in finals at the Washington state high school ethics bowl. Outside of my professional life I loves to write and have written several publications including HelloGiggles and Her Campus. Among other passions I have dedicated my time as an intern for a state senate campaign, Thrive Causemetics, and was nominated for Running Start’s 2018 Young Woman to Watch Award. Leadership Initiatives International Business Internship Program has been crucial to both my personal and professional development. It is through this program that, for two years, I have had countless opportunities to pursue passions while learning valuable skillsets from experience. Being provided the ability to help positively impact the lives of others and create sustainability in a blossoming country is a privilege that I look forward to continually working for.
Our Business Partner: Tiling
Business Owner: Muhammad Sultan
Business Location: Wuntin Dada Primary Bauchi – Bauchi State. Nigeria
Story of the Business
Through Muhammad’s partnership with Leadership Initiatives and the International Business Internship Program, he has found greater financial independence and expanded his business to employ more people in his community. Muhammad is working with students in the International Business Internship Program to develop new methods of efficiently laying tile, design new creative floor and wall tile designs, expand advertisement, and diversify his business.
About the Owner: Muhammad Sultan
Muhammad then began working with his cousin to learn the basics of installing tile. After training for eight years, he began receiving recommendations from building engineers and contractors in his region. Muhammad realized he should use his expertise and passion for tiling to improve his life even further. In 2009, Muhammad opened his own tiling business in Bauchi, Nigeria.
Muhammad’s business now employees three members of his community, all of whom now have stable income and vocational training. Muhammad also supports his wife and two children, and cared for his four sisters until they all got married. Muhammad and his tiling business directly benefit 14 people in his wider community.