InternFest 2014 // Presented by YouFolio

InternFest 2014 // Presented by YouFolio

 from 10:00 pm to 1:30 am
Penn Social
801 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004 (map)

#InternFest #MakeDCyours

Linktank ( and Greg's List DC ( have joined together to host one of the largest gatherings of interns this city has ever seen.

This is your best opportunity to get to know some of DC’s best and brightest newcomers while learning from young professionals who share your interests. On this night, you'll make connections with future leaders of DC. 

Join your friends for an evening of fun and inspiration (including for those under 21).

Note: We're expecting a capacity crowd so make sure you register. If you come without registering we may have to turn you away.

Dress Code: Wear what's comfortable! If you're still in doubt then go with business casual.

InternFest is presented by YouFolio + iPad giveaway

YouFolio is an online portfolio platform allowing students to collect, organize, and showcase a lifetime of work and achievements.

Create your portfolio now and get a chance to win an iPad Mini at the event! The more tiles you post, the better your odds. Oh, and you'll probably improve your job prospects too.

with support from

A top-10 school of international relations, SIS prepares graduates for global service in government, nonprofits, and business.

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Event Agenda

6:00 - 6:30   Check-in and receive badges
6:15 - 7:00   Mingle and explore Penn Social games
7:00 - 7:30   Speakers share career advice
7:30 - 8:30   Network and connect with professionals
8:30 - 9:00   Raffle off prizes
9:00 - 9:30   Open networking and games


MELISSA BELL co-founded in early 2014 and became the first person at Vox Media to hold both a technology and editorial title as Senior Product Manager and Executive Editor for Prior to Vox, Melissa oversaw digital platforms at the Washington Post. She was also one of The Post’s most-read bloggers and a columnist for the Style section. Before joining The Post, she helped launch Mint, a Wall Street Journal subsidiary in India, where she lived for four years. She has written for a number of publications, including Time, the Guardian and Town & Country. She hails from San Diego, California and makes a mean banana-and-cheese quesadilla.

D. WES RIST is the Director of Education and Research at the American Society of International Law, in which position he manages all aspects of the Society’s education programs for a variety of constituencies, including practicing lawyers and judges, policy-makers, secondary and postsecondary students, and the general public. Previously, he served as Assistant Director of the Center for International Legal Education and Adjunct Faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and as Visiting Lecturer at the University of the West of England Faculty of Law in Bristol, UK. He has organized programs, publicity, and logistics for dozens of grant-funded initiatives, including educational programming, speaker visits, and research-focused awards. Mr. Rist has written on international legal education issues and has worked with several different organizations, including Fulbright, Muskie, and the Open Society Foundations, on those topics around the world, including Austria, the United Kingdom, Jordan, and Palestine. He is the author of ASIL’s bi-annual publication Careers in International Law: A Guide to Career Paths in International Law. Mr. Rist is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and holds an LL.M. (with distinction) in International Human Rights Law from UWE Bristol Law School.

NAHMYO THOMAS is the Assistant Director for Congressional Relations at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). She is responsible for managing the Center’s outreach and advocacy efforts to key congressional committees, leadership, and personal offices on a bipartisan and bicameral level, with a focus on national security and foreign policy issues. Prior to joining CSIS, Ms. Thomas spent two years on Capitol Hill covering veteran’s affairs, education policy, and women’s issues for Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA). She holds a B.A. in Global Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a M.Sc. in Political Science, Conflict Resolution and Governance from the University of Amsterdam.

GURU SETHUPATHY is a consultant at McKinsey. He helps universities deal with disruptions in higher education and helps corporations improve their human capital management strategies. Previously, Guru was an assistant professor of economics at Johns Hopkins University, SAIS. His research focus was on the impact of globalization on labor markets and has several peer-reviewed publications. Guru has also had stints in investment banking ant the start-up tech world. He has a B.S. from Stanford and a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University. 

AYANNA N. HUDSON is the director of Arts Education for the National Endowment for the Arts, where she presides over the grant portfolio devoted to arts education, works with national service organizations on policy initiatives, and serves as the spokesperson for arts education at the federal level. Hudson was the director of Arts Education with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission for more than ten years. She developed and led the implementation of the Arts for All collaborative, ensuring equitable access to arts education for 1.6 million students in the county's 81 school districts, the largest educational system in the country. Arts for All was cited in 2008 by the RAND Corporation as among the top three collaborations nationwide in its study Revitalizing Arts Education through Community-wide Coordination. In 2011, Arts for All received the Arts Education Award from the national service organization Americans for the Arts. Prior to her work in Los Angeles, Hudson managed the School Arts Program at the Fulton County Department of Arts and Culture in Atlanta, Georgia. She has a BA in psychology from Spelman College and a specialized master's degree in education in risk and prevention from Harvard University.

JOSH SHAPIRO is the Founder and CEO of, a business networking company that provides social events in DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Miami.  His previous experience includes almost six years on Capitol Hill, four of which were at the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission).  Josh has traveled overseas nine times staffing numerous Members of Congress on diplomatic trips, and brings a wealth of knowledge on business networking, career advice, and the "do's and don'ts" of landing a job in the most powerful city in the world.  He graduated from the University of Arizona, majoring in economics and double minoring in political science and business management.

DOROTHY JONES-DAVIS is the Scientific Project Manager for Neuroscience in the Research Partnerships Division at the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH). Prior to her position at FNIH, Dorothy was an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Division of Engineering Education and Centers within the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Engineering. There she examined the ways in which perceived educational “disruptions” such as Maker culture, educational technologies, learning games/serious games, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and inverted classrooms could be leveraged to improve access to pathways in engineering education and careers for traditionally underrepresented populations. While an AAAS Fellow, she founded and co-chaired the Maker/MOOCs/Mobile Applications and Disruptive TECHnologies in Education (MaDTECHEd) Policy Group, and co-organized the inaugural DC Mini Maker Faire, as well as co-chairing the Neuropolicy Fellows’ Affinity Group. She holds a B.A. in Psychobiology from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan, with Postdoctoral training in the Departments of Neurological Surgery and Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco.

WES LINCOLN is the Co-Founder and CEO of YouFolio, an online portfolio platform that enables students to enhance their personal brand by uploading their work and relevant experiences while simultaneously allowing employers to preview, evaluate, and select candidates to consider for open positions. He is a recent (2014) graduate of Gettysburg College majoring in economics with a minor in business. Before starting YouFolio, he had summer internships with other D.C. tech companies, including Vubiquity, Contact Solutions, and Video Blocks. In connection with growing YouFolio, Wes has set out to find the bests way for college students to find jobs most appropriate for their skill sets by meeting with employers and recruiters across the country.

Special thanks to

Promoting Understanding of Russia

Fostering a Community of Transatlantic Leaders

Additional support provided by

InternFest is hosted by

Who will be there?

Interns and young professionals working at

American Academy of Diplomacy
American Association for Cancer Research
American Banker Associate 
American Chemical Society
American Council of Young Political Leaders
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
American Geophysical Union
American Hellenic Institute
American Legislative Exchange Council
American News Women's  Club
American Public Health Association
American Public Human Services Association
Arab American Institute
Armenian American Cultural Association 
Asia Society
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
Atlantic Council
Austrian Embassy - Office of Science & Technology
Brookings Institution 
Capital Partners for Education
Carnelian Boutique & ICF International
Catholic Charities: Migration and Refugee Services
Catholic Legal Immigration Network
Center for Advanced Defense Studies
Center for American Progress
Center for International Policy
Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Chambers, Conlon & Hartwell
Columbia Partners
Committee for Economic Development
Communication Workers of America
Convergence Center for Policy Resolution
Council on Foreign Relations
Council on Hemispheric Affairs
Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency
Danish Embassy
Department of Commerce
Department of Education
Department of Energy
Department of Justice
Department of State
Department of Treasury
Department of Transportation
District of Columbia Public Schools
EEOC General Counsel
Embassy of Australia
Embassy of Canada
Embassy of Ecuador
Embassy of France
Embassy of Switzerland
Enroll America
Environmental Protection Agency
Eurasia Group
FAIR Girls
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Federal Reserve Board
Gannett Co.
General Services Administration
Girls Inc.
Global Business Policy Council, A.T. Kearney
Global Centurion 
Global Fund for Children/USA for UNHCR
Gray Street Solutions
GW Summer & Conference Housing
Hands Along the Nile Development Services
Hudson Institute
Human Rights Campaign
Innovations in Civic Participation
Institute for Women's Policy Research
International Bar Association
International Center for Religion and Diplomacy 
International Foundation for Electoral Systems
International Labor Organization ILO
International law Institute
International Rescue Committee
Kids In Need of Defense (KIND)
Laogai Research Foundation
Legal Action Center
Lockheed Martin
Marks Education, Educational Research
McLarty Associates
Mercury Public Affairs
Meridian International Center
Mexican Consulate in Washington D.C.
Middle East Institute
Migration Policy Institute
National Bone Health Alliance
National Council for Community and Education Partnerships
National Council on Aging
National Council on US-Arab Relations
National Defense University
National Endowment for the Humanities 
National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)
National Organization for Women
National Restaurant Association
National War College
Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA)
Norwegian Embassy
Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
Office of the Public Defender
OIC International
Organization of American States
Partnership for a Secure America
Peace Corps
Progressive Majority
Providge Consulting, LLC
Public Citizen
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Restaurant Opportunities Center-D.C. 
Royal Danish Embassy
RTI International
Save the children
Search for Common Ground
Securities and Exchange Commission
Senate Appropriations Committee
Senate Rules Committee
SIerra Club
Socrata Intern
Special Olympics
Spencer Stuart
Spiros Consulting
Strategic Health Care
Sunshine Sachs
The American Legislative Exchange Council
The Franklin Center
The Heritage Foundation 
The Jane Goodall Institute
The Messina Group
The Raben Group
The Sheridan Group
U.S Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
U.S. Green Building Council/ State and Local Advocacy Intern
U.S. Trade Representative
UC Federal Government Relations
UCLA Athletics/Simpson Strong-Tie
United Macedonian Diaspora
US Department of State
US Forest Service
USDA- Forest Service
Verizon Government Affairs
Vital Voices Global Partnership
Voice of America
White House
White Ribbon Alliance 
Women Thrive Worldwide
Woodrow Wilson Center
World Bank Group
World Justice Project
World Resources Institute
World Wildlife Fund
Worldwide Insight
Z Communications

Representing the following schools

American University
Amherst College 
Belmont University
Boston College
Brandeis University
Brooklyn Friends School
Brown University
Bucknell University
Cal State Fullerton
California state university, San bernardino
Carnegie Mellon University
Christopher Newport University
Colgate University
College of William and Mary
Colorado College
Colorado State University
Columbia University
Connecticut College
Cornell University 
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
Delaware State University 
Dickinson College
Duke University
Elmhurst College
Elon University
Emory University 
Florida International University
Furman University
George Mason University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Georgetown University Law Center
Georgia State University 
Gustavus Adolphus College
Harvard University 
Hillsdale College
Howard University
Howard University School of Law
Johns Hopkins SAIS
Johns Hopkins University
Kalamazoo College
Kansas State University 
LBJ School of Public Affairs
Liberty University
Lubbock Christian University
Maastricht University
McGill University 
Michigan State University
Middlebury College
Northwestern University
Patrick Henry College
Pepperdine University
Philadelphia University
Prince George's Community College 
Princeton University
Randolph College
Rogers State University 
Rutgers University
Saint Louis University School of Law
SIT Graduate Institute
Spelman College
St. Lawrence University
Stanford University
Syracuse University
Syracuse University
Texas Christian University
The City College of New York
The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health
The Institute of World Politics
The Ohio State University
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
The University of South Dakota
The University of Texas at Austin
Tower Hill School
Towson University
Trinity College
Tufts University
Tulane University
UC Berkeley
UC Davis
UC Irvine
UC Riverside 
UMass Amherst 
Union College
University of Arkansas
University of Chicago
University of Cincinnati
University of Cincinnati College of Law
University of Copenhagen
University of Denver 
University of Georgia
University of Idaho
University of Liverpool
University of Maryland
University of Maryland University College
University of Michigan
University of Missouri
University of North Dakota
University of Oxford
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania - Wharton
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
University of Puerto Rico 
University of South Dakota 
University of South Florida
University of Southern California
University of Texas at Austin
University of the Valley of Mexico
University of Toronto
University of Virginia
University of Warwick
University of Washington
University of West Florida
Vanderbilt University
Villanova University
Wake Forest University 
Washington College of Law
Washington University in St. Louis
Wayne State University
Webster University
Wellesley College
Yale University
Yeshiva University


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