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Let us introduce you to our new interns!

 InternsFrom left to right: Rameesha, Davies, Chrissy and Rilian

At MEDA, we believe in the next generation of development professionals. That's why we invest in their careers and help them to gain practical, hands-on international experience that compliments the skills they have learned through their education. 

Let us introduce you to these four amazing people!

Rameesha Qazi

My name is Rameesha Qazi and I am currently in Amman, Jordan as a Communications and Gender Equality Intern. I wanted to intern with MEDA because I know that MEDA does amazing work empowering women and youth around the world and that is very important to me.

I was born in Pakistan and lived in Saudi Arabia for a while before moving to Canada. I consider myself Canadian through and through – and proud of it! I did my undergrad at the University of Waterloo in English Literature with a specialization in Digital Media, and International Studies and I did my post-grad in International Development at Humber College.

I am extremely passionate about gender equality and giving women and girls the opportunity to access education in every development context. I hope to work in this sector as my career develops.

Davies Nyachieng’a

My name is Davies Nyachieng’a and I recently joined MEDA as an intern for the BEST Cassava project based in Mwanza, Tanzania. I was born in Kenya and I grew up there before moving to Canada in 2012 for further studies. While in Canada, I completed my B.A and M.A in Economics at the University of Guelph with the aim of applying the knowledge and skills attained from my education in a development context. This is because I had witnessed vast economic and social disparities at the household and regional level thus I felt the need to be involved in the mitigation of these disparities.

I am interested in working with MEDA because of the organization’s approach to overcoming poverty in developing regions. MEDA’s mission of “creating business solutions to poverty” resonates well with my own beliefs to poverty alleviation. As the proverb states; “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” This quote outlines the approach to economic development that I believe in and it can be seen in MEDA’s work around the world hence I am thrilled to be a part of this organization. I look forward to the internship with MEDA and I hope to have a wonderful experience working on the project as well as the opportunity to gain some meaningful insights within the field of economic development.

Chrissy Scheerer

My name is Chrissy Scheerer and I grew up in the small, rural town of Brunner, Ontario (about 35 mins west of Kitchener-Waterloo). My parents own a construction company, so I learned from a young age the joys and challenges that come from running a small business. As I grew up, I began to learn about the widespread challenges that small business owners face across the world, and the impacts that poverty can have on them. I decided to pursue this in my education, and attended Canadian Mennonite University to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in International Development.

I then spent 8 months living in Zambia, working with locals struggling under the weight of poverty, as well as small business owners who couldn’t access financial capital. As a result of this experience, I knew I wanted to pursue a career that aligned my passion for social justice, economic development and the eradication of poverty. After a few years working, I decided to return to university for a Masters of Development Practice at the University of Waterloo. One of the key elements that drew me to this program was the focus on practice – an internship component to take what I’d been learning and put it to use. I was thrilled to learn about the internship opportunities with MEDA as I have been a supporter of its work for several years. I am very excited to be able to work alongside the SSBVC team in Tanzania to help small businesses and entrepreneurs gain greater access to markets & financial capital and strengthen their ability to contribute to the growing economy.

Rilian Agunos

My name is Rilian Agunos and I will be departing to Myanmar as a Capacity Building & Communications Intern. 

My interests in international economic development began from my humble beginnings as a child growing up in the Philippines. I saw the disparity between my neighbours first-hand and witnessed poverty’s effect on a family's quality of life. 
I studied Masters of Economic Development & Innovation in the University of Waterloo. As a young professional, I wanted to have a practical experience in the field but also wanted to be part of a positive mission. MEDA gave me that opportunity through its international internships.


Learn more about our international internships here.

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