CCE Summer Internship Blogs 2008


CEO Hong Kong 2008

Jennifer Chen, School of Engineering and Applied Science 2010
r: Operations Research
Internship Organization: Business Creation

Originally from New Jersey, Jennifer will be entering her third year at Columbia University this fall. Her interest in math and its applications in business has led her to pursue a major in Operations Research with a concentration in Financial Engineering. She is the Treasurer of the Archery Club, participates in Columbia Women's Business Society, and volunteers for Project for the Homeless. She also enjoys her part time job ushering at Miller Theatre. As she is looking for an international career in the future, she was honored to participate in the CEO Hong Kong program and loved the experience of living and working in the vibrant metropolis that is Hong Kong. This summer, she worked at Business Creation, an incubation company to invest and manage multiple businesses run by School of Engineering and Applied Science alum Alex Cheng.

Katherine Reedy, CC 2009
Political Science
Internship Organization: BC Magazine

Columbia College senior Katie Reedy has been hooked on the media ever since she found herself in the press department of a NASA mission during high school. Since then, she's worked at the College Media Journal, The Buffalo News, Women's eNews, and Newsweek on Air, in addition to other jobs along the way. On campus, she is the managing editor of The Blue and White monthly magazine and a former editor at, where she covered campus events both absurd and profound. A political science major and former student of Hindi and Urdu, Katie is interested in global communications as they relate to social developments in the world, something she studied first-hand on a recent winter break trip to rural Guatemala. Her other interests include her hometown (Buffalo, New York), popular science, all sorts of books, and the friends and characters she's met at Columbia. She was beyond thrilled to be able to travel to Hong Kong with CEO and did her utmost to take advantage of every minute of the experience. This summer, she worked a BC Magazine, Hong Kong's premier English language entertainment guide.


CEO London 2008

Prishantha Dunstan, School of Engineering and Applied Science 2009
Electrical Engineering, minors in Economics and Entrepreneurship
Internship Organization:
Buro Happold

Prishantha Dunstan is a senior Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Science with a major in Electrical Engineering and minors in Economics and Entrepreneurship. Prish has spent his past several summers interning in a variety of sectors, from doing R&D at a national laboratory to working with a small scale start up engineering company to consulting in Scotland (through EDGE Scotland). With a keen interest in combining his technical skills and engineering know-how in the business world, he hopes to help adapt cutting edge engineering and technical solutions to an ever growing market. At Columbia, he is on the executive board of the Engineering Student Council, through which he works to enact sustainable changes for the engineering school. With regards to hobbies and recreation, he's what you would basically call a thrill seeker. Having formerly been a competitive swimmer and futebol player, Prish is a big fan of sports.


EDGE Scotland 2008

Alejandra Aponte, CC 2010
Economics and Political Science

Alejandra Aponte, born in Ecuador to German-Spanish parents and raised in Guatemala, would rather call all of Latin America "home" than to attempt to detangle her complicated background. As a current sophomore at Columbia College, Alejandra has felt quite at home in the diversity of New York City but has also discovered that she is a true Latin American at heart and that in the future she would like to dedicate her career to strengthen the region's economic institutions. For this reason, Alejandra has decided to study economics and political science with the hope of also concentrating in Latin American area studies. Additionally, Alejandra has explored her interest in economic policy, love of analysis, and thirst for challenge as an executive member of Columbia's International Relations Council and Association, one of the campus's largest student organizations. Alejandra has spent her spare time the past two years working as a research assistant for two different social research projects, training for a marathon, translating Spanish documents for a Non-Governmental Organization, and learning how to cook. She hopes that she continue to be able to explore new experiences that will add to her ability to foster change in Latin America and to her naturally complex personality.


Varun Gulati, School of Engineering and Applied Science 2010
Operations Research

Varun is a rising junior at Columbia University, where he will major in Operations Research: Engineering Management Systems, with a minor in Computer Science. Born in California but raised in the suburbs of D.C., Varun spends his time at Columbia as an active member of student life. In addition to tutoring in Hindi and the SAT, he is the events director for his class council, treasurer for the South Asian cultural club, Club Zamana, a leader for Columbia Urban Experience, and a dancer for cuBhangra. Varun has never spent a summer abroad and is extremely thrilled about the opportunity to dip his feet into the consulting waters while experiencing the culture of Scotland.


Sue Yang, CC 2010
Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures

Sue hails from Rochester Hills, Michigan, but is a native of Shanghai, China. She is majoring in Middle East Languages and Cultures at Columbia University while also following academic interests in Economics, Political Science, and East Asian Studies. Sue enjoys being an active member of her campus and community. She serves as Vice-President of External Affairs of the Ivy Council, Class Vice-President, an Advisory Board Member and tour guide of the Undergraduate Recruitment Committee, a Vice-President of the Columbia Economics Society, and a founding partner and Chief Administrative Officer of the newly established Smart Woman Securities organization. Sue aspires to follow a career in international consulting or finance.


Columbia College Parent Alumni Internship Fund 2008

Megan Eardley, CC 2010
Comparative Literature and Society
Internship Organization: Helen Whitney Productions (New York)

Megan is a Comparative Literature and Society major whose academic interests lie in Postcolonial Nationalist movements. As a member of The Helvidius Group, she serves as a editor for Columbia's Journal of Politics & Society. Megan also works with WKCR 88.9 FM in the Arts Department. This summer, she interned with Helen Whitney Productions on a film for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). "Forgiveness" will critically examine ideas of forgiveness and apology in social and political contexts. The film will ask "Has the emphasis on forgiveness helped ordinary people-and once-troubled nations such as Germany, South Africa, and Rwanda- heal, or has the emphasis on forgiveness encouraged an exploitive and fundamentally false peace? Is it possible that this new emphasis has done both of those things simultaneously?"


Idara Udofia, CC 2009
Political Science
Internship Organization: Women's Health Action Research Center (Nigeria)

Idara is a third year pre-law student majoring in Political Science and concentrating in Anthropology. She was a member of the Columbia Women's Basketball Team, and she is involved with the African Student Association and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. In the past, Idara has interned with Legal Research Associate and the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office. This summer, Idara interned with Women's Health Action Research Center (WHARC), an international non-government organization in Nigeria, that serves to put African women's reproductive health issues at the forefront of the political agenda.


Yelena Shuster, CC 2009
Comparative Literature and Society
Internship Organization: Moscow Times (Russia)

Yelena was born in the former Soviet Union and immigrated to the US at five years old. Currently studying her native language as a Comparative Literature and Society major, she interned in Moscow this summer as a reporter for the Moscow Times, an English language daily paper. She cannot wait to immerse herself in Russian culture and breaking news. She discovered her passion for journalism as a staff writer for campus publications the Columbia Daily Spectator, The Blue and White, and The Birch. She will be sad to leave glorious Manhattan, where she interned at CosmoGIRL!, Us Weekly, and The New Yorker. Affinities include lists (see above) and the non-profit networking site, Anyone interested in joining our new Columbia chapter should email