Meet the Seed Interns

2018 Seed Intern Profiles

“Travelling to new places and experiencing cultures fascinate me…Working closely with an ex-DJ turned entrepreneur, Kenya has many success stories to tell.”

Ananth Sundararaman

MS, Structural Engineering, ’19

Company & Location

MoSound Events, Kenya

Internship Focus

Ananth is working with MoSound Events, a company that organizes large business retreats, concerts and shows. He is a part of their website development team, working to host a new radio station called NRG Kenya.

“When else would I have the opportunity to test drive how one solves human problems within an emerging economy through the private sector?”

Ariel Bong

BS, Mechanical Engineering, ’19

Company & Location

KM Best Medical, India

Internship Focus

Ariel is creating safer and more comfortable patient care equipment. He is focusing on finding bottlenecks within manufacturing flow and processes in order to cut costs and time loss. He is also working on a new design for an electric ICU bed.

“After working on many international development projects but rarely working on the ground, I wanted experience in a low- or middle-income country…I can grow as a global citizen and deliver value to a budding company.”

Aviva Klein Meyers

BS, Earth Systems, ’19

Company & Location

Sunfield Energy, India

Internship Focus

Aviva is interning at a solar energy company that specializes in solar servicing. She is conducting international market research.

“I want to learn more about Ghana and Africa in general, and witness the exciting changes happening in developing economies.”

Celia Chen

BS, Computer Science and BA, Philosophy ’20

Company & Location

Hubtel, Ghana

Internship Focus

As a product management intern, Celia is looking into innovative solutions to payment and rewards for local businesses.

“Seed’s goals of assisting developing countries grow through the private sector aligns directly with both my studies and my passions.”

David Rosenzweig

BA, International Relations, ’20

Company & Location

Good Food Company, Kenya

Internship Focus

David is a marketing and business development intern. He is identifying and breaching new target markets and developing a marketing strategy for a new frozen meal brand.

“A Seed internship combines my love of entrepreneurship with my desire to return to the developing world and apply my skills to make a difference.”

Diego Ruis-Marin

BA, Economics, ’21

Company & Location

Seed, India

Internship Focus

Diego is researching and identifying opportunities in India’s entrepreneurship landscape in order to improve recruitment efforts and impact outcomes through Seed’s Transformation Program.

“I wanted to be somewhere completely different from where I’ve been before…Seed provides students an unparalleled opportunity to genuinely immerse themselves in places.”

Ellie Chen

BS, Product Design, ’20

Company & Location

Accents and Arts, Ghana

Internship Focus

Ellie is working to maintain the unique beautiful design of Accents and Arts products while also making them easy to produce and assemble. She is designing, prototyping and testing a modular balustrade.

“I want to learn about India through a business perspective and learn from the CEOs who are shaping the market there.”

Gaurab Banerjee

BS, Computer Science, ’21

Company & Location

Buzzworks Business Services, India

Internship Focus

Gaurab is working with a company that provides employees to other businesses through contractor services.

“An internship in Kenya represented a unique opportunity to build new relationships, new insights, and new skills in an amazing, culturally rich country.”

Ifeoma Anyansi

MS, Computational and Mathematical Engineering, ’18

Company & Location

Karibu Homes, Kenya

Internship Focus

Ifeoma is helping Karibu Homes with its transition to the collection and management of big data. The company provides affordable, well-constructed and safe homes to low-income families.

“I believe that Seed is a great opportunity to use my skills while learning how businesses work in a very different environment than the one that I’m used to.”

Jayadev Bhaskaran

MS, Computational and Mathematical Engineering, ’19

Company & Location

EatOut, Kenya

Internship Focus

Jayadev is developing and improving analytics on East Africa’s primary restaurant review and rating portal.

“Seed provides an opportunity for me to share my technical and business skills to support entrepreneurs striving to build better communities.”

Joshua Griffin

MBA ’18

Company & Location

GoSolar Africa, Nigeria

Internship Focus

Joshua is interning at a solar panel company that is working to bring distributed power to residences across Nigeria.

“I am excited to apply skills I have learned at Stanford to a brand-new context…and to learn a great deal about education delivery and southern India.”

Julia Daniel

MS, Computer Science, ’18

Company & Location

CARE Group, India

Internship Focus

Julia is designing and testing a variety of innovations related to curriculum delivery and student life at CARE Group, an educational institution in Tamil Nadu.

“I wanted to learn by doing, to immerse myself in a company in sub-Saharan Africa, and see how the skills and insights I have gained at Stanford can translate into concrete, useful action in the world.”

Kathryn Takabvirwa

PhD, Anthropology, ’18

Company & Location

African Cotton, Kenya

Internship Focus

Kathyn is working on improving customer care for a manufacturing company in Kenya. She is conducting a internal audit, designing a customer survey, leading an assessment of best practices among industry leaders, and writing the company’s Customer Service Charter.

“Unlike a traditional domestic internship, working in India will provide a profoundly challenging but equally rewarding experience…This opportunity will help me grow as a person.”

Marco Martinez

BA, History, ’19

Company & Location

ReleaseMyAd.com, India

Internship Focus

Marco is helping the company expand into the digital space. He is developing a space where social media influencers can teach courses related to their passions.

“I wanted to experience more of the world that’s different than my own and work on a social impact project to make a difference.”

Meltem Tutar

MS, Management Science and Engineering, ’18

Company & Location

KAD Manufacturing, Ghana

Internship Focus

Meltem is laying the groundwork for a social foundation that provides housing and technical training to women who are homeless and vulnerable in Ghana.

“I chose Seed because it offers great exposure to entrepreneurship through companies that are pushing technology boundaries in Africa and are re-defining the start-up arena on the continent.”

Moses Swai

BS, Mechanical Engineering, ’19

Company & Location

AC Group, Rwanda

Internship Focus

Moses is focusing on sustainable transportation in Rwanda. He is working on deploying WiFi services on public buses, adding value to public transportation and attracting more commuters.

“I chose to do a Seed internship because I wanted to be exposed to a new culture and gain hands-on experience in the global technology industry.”

Mya Pless Havard

MS, Management Science and Engineering, ’19

Company & Location

Hubtel, Ghana

Internship Focus

Mya is researching AI tools for the purposes of making a final suggestion to the IT company in regards to which ones they should consider pursuing.

“I will be able to forward the company’s and Seed’s mission of global economic development. It will inspire me to take real action when I go back to Bangladesh.”

Nafia Chowdhury

MA, Public Policy, ’18

Company & Location

Zaggle, India

Internship Focus

Nafia is shadowing the CEO of Zaggle, a digital payments, cashback and analytics company. Her main focus for the summer is designing a cryptocurrency wallet.

“The alumni network and the opportunity to learn from entrepreneurs who I admire is why I choose Seed.”

Pedro Dantas

MA, Public Policy, ’19

Company & Location

FoodPro, Nigeria

Internship Focus

Pedro is interning at FoodPro, a cashew processing company that targets the lost value in the African markets agriculture chain. He is focusing on expanding the company’s portfolio of products.

“This internship will allow me to gain hands-on experience working on a real-life product…I’m also really excited to learn about the people and culture of India!”

Rosa Hamalainen

BS, Product Design, ’18

Company & Location

Tenovia Solutions, India

Internship Focus

Rosa is conducting user experience research and creating prototypes for the launch of a new e-commerce dashboard product. She is also leading Design Thinking workshops for the company’s executive leadership team.

“I had actually accepted an offer at a banking firm this summer, but something about the Seed program really resonated with me…there may be no other time in my life where I can do something as unique and meaningful as this.”

Sean Howard

BA, International Relations and Psychology, ’20

Company & Location

Hubtel, Ghana

Internship Focus

Sean is working as a product manager and strategist. He is optimizing workflow and workspace design as well as creating the customer experience framework for the company’s flagship product.

“I chose Seed because I want to create opportunity for those who are less fortunate than I am.”

Sean Rosenberg

JD/MBA, ’19

Company & Location

CrossBoundary, South Africa

Internship Focus

Sean is connecting private equity investments with sub-Saharan African companies that need growth capital.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to work in a different country and to learn more about business in a developing economy while offering value to my host company.”

Semir Shafi

BS, Computer Science, ’20

Company & Location

Software Technologies, Kenya

Internship Focus

Semir is improving the design of the company’s board management system to increase usability and customer satisfaction.

“I hope to learn about the culture, challenges and business environment in this region, as well the fintech sector.”

Smita Saran

MS, Business Administration (MSx), ’18

Company & Location

Amartha Micro Fintek, Indonesia

Internship Focus

Smita is helping the company develop an expansion strategy and evaluate future growth levers.

“The program is very well structured…it will let me see a new country and its current development stage.”

Tran Diep Lam

BS, Earth Systems and East Asian Studies, ’18

Company & Location

Marlecha Interiors, India

Internship Focus

Tran is working on project management as Marlecha Interiors expands; the company is currently building a new environmentally friendly office.

“My project aligns well with a lot of my interests…you know your time will be valuable and that you will apply things that you have learned at Stanford!”

Troy Arashiro

MS, Environmental Engineering, ’18

Company & Location

Dudutech, Kenya

Internship Focus

Troy’s project focuses on using naturally occurring solutions to pest control - he is working in Naivasha, which is home to hundreds of acres of flower farms filled with carnations and roses.

“Going to Ghana through the SEED internship is a form of social remittance and brain circulation; less developed economies thus benefit from migration, a perennial controversial issue especially pertaining African countries.”

Valdes Tita

BS, Management Science and Engineering, ’18

Company & Location

Bsystems, Ghana

Internship Focus

Valdes is interning at Bsystems, a leading company in Ghana’s burgeoning tech scene. The company provides a multitude of IT and software solutions, primarily for the financial industry. Valdes is helping the company repurpose their products for other data solutions (such as Electronic Health Records on a mobile platform).

“The goal of the company is to leverage technology to serve people in India who aspire to move up the economic ladder - and that is a goal I can get behind.”

Veer Shah

BS, Mathematical and Computational Science and Economics, ’20

Company & Location

Ankalan Web Solutions, India

Internship Focus

Veer is analyzing the company’s current operations, helping management delineate the current capacity of each department, and laying out long term and short term company goals.