Behind the Scenes of the AHA Foundation – From the Intern’s Perspective

I came to the AHA Foundation after receiving my Master’s Degree in International Business and Global Studies. I knew I wanted to begin a career that focused on human rights and NGO development, and the AHA Foundation was #1 on my list of dream jobs. To my astonishment, one week after graduation I found myself preparing for my first day in the “office” – we all work remotely, so for me that meant waiting for my first task by nervously pacing around in sweatpants on my patio.

Jumping right into the deep end, one of my first projects was contacting members of congress to set up meetings for my executive director. This was the first of countless “aha” moments to come (no pun intended) in which I realized I was working for an organization that takes change into their own hands and doesn’t just talk about the problem, but looks it directly in the eye and finds a solution.

The truth is there isn’t a “typical day” at AHA, per say. Regardless of where I’m working that day, my morning usually starts with me preparing a very large pot of coffee and opening my computer to see what’s in store for me. Honestly, my day could consist of anything from interviews with advocates or survivors of honor violence, to briefings with the state department, developing partnerships, and writing grant proposals or blog articles for our monthly newsletter. My day is never boring – I genuinely feel challenged with each new task and thoroughly love the fact that every day is so different.

In the midst of my organized chaos, one of the things I’m most appreciative about for the AHA Foundation (other than the awesome work we do) is that it was made very clear that my opinion really matters. I am expected every day to challenge preconceived ideas, to form strong opinions and defend them, and create new ways to expand the foundation to reach more women and girls. In the field of women and human rights, the AHA Foundation’s dedication to hearing multiple perspectives and challenging preconceived norms is of tremendous importance. As someone who was raised by a strong mother, this resonated with me deeply. I appreciate the care and open-minded environment AHA provides and truly being considered when discussing new ideas and projects.

My 1.5 years as an intern for AHA far exceeded every expectation I held. I felt a deepened confidence in myself and my work, developed countless skills that you just can’t learn in school, and worked with a supportive and caring team of some pretty amazing women.

I am excited to be the one to officially announce that the AHA Foundation is seeking new interns. Whether you have a background in human rights, social work, global health, or something totally different, we look forward to welcoming the newest member of our team. You can submit your cover letter and resume to