2012 MEDA Interns

We are pleased to announce that a new group of interns has joined us. MEDA is proud to help launch the careers of 14 young people, who will be working in various project offices as well as our offices in Washington, DC, and Waterloo, ON.


Kathryn Wyatt - Business Development Intern - Ethiopia

Katy was born in Toronto, Ontario and grew up with her parents and one older brother. She graduated from North Toronto Collegiate Institute in 2008 and in May of this year received a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University with a double major in International Development Studies and Economics. She has had two previous experiences abroad; the first in San Francisco de Yuoja, Honduras with Canada World Youth, and more recently, four months in 2011 as an intern with Imali Matters, a financial literacy NGO, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her interests include travel, swimming and trying to learn how to play tennis.


Caitlin MacDougall – Communication Development Intern – Morocco

Caitlin worked as the Agricultural Liaison for Quebec 4-H, part of the international 4-H youth leadership movement, for nearly three years, during which she completed a Certificate in French to English Translation at McGill University in Montreal. She also holds a Combined Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Rights and Anthropology from Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, and took Political, Social, and International Studies at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK during a semester abroad. Caitlin is fluent in English and French, and freelances as a translator. She has been actively involved in her community as a past member and current volunteer with the 4-H program, loves traveling and plays rugby.

MoniqueRodriguezMonica Rodriquez – Value Chain Development Intern – Peru

Monica is a recent graduate of the Master of Arts program from the Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID) at McGill University. She worked as a full-time teacher's assistant for the Department of Political Science at McGill while completing her studies. Monica also holds a Highest Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Economics from Carleton University, Ottawa. She hopes to bring her academic experience, Colombian heritage and fluency in Spanish to her new role as the value chain development intern with MEDA’s Techno-Links project in Peru.

AlanKuurstraAlan Kurrstra – I.T. Development Intern – Tanzania

Alan recently earned his Master of Applied Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo. While studying and conducting research, he worked as a teaching assistant of undergraduate courses. Having completed his own undergraduate degree from Waterloo’s cooperative engineering program, Alan has gained work experience with numerous companies in various technical fields. His interest in volunteer work has also motivated him to get involved with local charitable organizations in the Waterloo and Toronto areas. Currently, Alan hopes to learn more about the implementation of information and technology for international development in his role as the I.T. development intern in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

OlgaMirzoevaOlga Mirzoeva – Value Chain Development Intern – Ukraine

Olga is an enthusiastic new graduate of the Queen’s School of Business Bachelor of Commerce Program with a focus in International Business and Marketing. She chaired the Queen’s Conference on Philanthropy, participated in an international exchange to Paris, France and is fluent in French and Russian. Eager to apply her experience from internships in finance, agricultural policy research and business development, Olga joins MEDA in Melitopol, Ukraine (near her Dad’s hometown!) as a value chain development intern for the Ukraine Horticulture Development Project.

LaurenBranderLauren Brander – Impact Assessment Intern – Morocco

Lauren grew up in Calgary, AB where she attended the University of Calgary. She moved to Baltimore for graduate school in 2008, concentrating in international development econometrics and program evaluation. She interned with development consultancy Humanitarian Outcomes in New York City in 2009 and graduated with her Master's in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University in 2010. For the last two years, Lauren has worked in Washington, DC as a project associate and special assistant to the president at Devex, providing research and business services to the development industry.

MarieAngMarie Ang – Impact Assessment Intern – Tanzania

Marie was born in Singapore and lived there half her life before moving to the Vancouver area. She studied Global Resource Systems at UBC, focusing on natural resource economics and development. Her interests led her to explore how resources, human rights and development practices interact to shape livelihoods within communities. Marie has been able to study this by doing research in Indonesia (raw timber) and Tanzania (traditional vegetables). In Jerusalem and the West Bank with UNRWA, she wrote and revised internal assessment tools for a women's income-generation project in refugee camps. She is excited to continue in this vein with MEDA in Dar es Salaam!

MeghanDenegaMeghan Denega – Impact Assessment Intern – Ukraine

Meghan Denega has just completed her Master’s Degree in International Development Studies from York University. Her  research focus was on microfinance in Uganda, comparing formal and informal micro financial institutions. In the summer of 2011, she spent four months in Uganda collecting the primary data required for her thesis and participating in an internship at Kabale University. Meghan completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta with a major in Political Science and a French Minor. During her undergrad she spent a year abroad at the Universidad de Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico. Languages are a passion of hers: She speaks English, Spanish, French, Ukrainian and she is currently learning Russian. She looks forward to everything about her internship with MEDA at the UHDP project in Ukraine.


Adrien Friesen - Impact Assessment Intern - Nicaragua

Adrien was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan until he was five years old. At this time his family received a service opportunity with MAF (Missionary Aviation Services) to spend two years in Mali, West Africa. Upon returning to Canada, he continued his education through to the end of high school in Saskatoon before moving to Waterloo, ON to begin his university education. The next four years studying Geography and Environmental Management were interspersed with summer trips experiencing international countries and exploring the impoverished corners of the world. From this increasing international exposure from travel, Adrien realized his passion for other cultures and international development, and enrolled in the Masters program of Local Economic Development at the University of Waterloo. This summer he is finishing a summer internship in Toronto, with his MEDA assignment to follow, and will commence sometime near the end of October. Adrien is extremely excited to tackle his new role with MEDA, exploiting his interests in development, culture, language, and interpersonal connections. He is pleased to serve as the impact assessment intern for Techno-Links in Nicaragua.

StephnieShenkStephanie Shenk - Project Coordinator Intern - Washington, DC

Steph is from Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Her childhood was filled with adventures of "spying" on customers who were next door at her family's hardware store. From early on she got to see, understand, and be involved in how her parents ran their "unique country store." This interest would lead to a college degree in business and an internship at Douglassville Ace Hardware. Steph also has a love of people and different cultures, which is a part of her interest in MEDA. Not only does she enjoy learning about and from other people, but she love the outdoors, early morning runs, coffee, water sports, and spending quality time with friends.


Jaclyn Stief - Marketing Intern - Waterloo, ON

Jaclyn is a recent graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University, having earned a Combined Honours Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and English. In the summer, she had co-op terms in Waterloo working in communications, promotions, online web management and marketing roles. During her third year, Jaclyn went on an academic exchange to the University of Limerick in Ireland, where she got the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Europe. She was also extensively involved in volunteer projects and programs at Laurier, such as the Laurier Food Bank, Shinerama Campaign, Laurier International Office, The Cord newspaper, and Delta Gamma Women's Fraternity. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, cards, board games, taking photos, reading and creative writing.