Meet our Spring Interns

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The team at charity: water includes some of the most passionate and hard-working people around, and our interns are no exception. Meet our Spring 2014 intern class:

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Anna Leplau

School: Stockholm University
Team: Growth
From: Stockholm, Sweden

Why did you want to intern at charity: water?
I am nearly done with my law degree and I do extra hours at an investment bank so I wanted to do something completely different. I admire the work and impact that charity: water does in people’s lives, I love that it works and improves people’s living conditions. I wanted to work in development and had wanted to live in New York for a long time so I thought charity: water would be the perfect place to be.

What does a typical day in the office look like for you?
Spreadsheets, coffees and friendly chats :)

What is your favorite place to hangout in New York?
Cafe Mogador, Lower East Side

Where do you want to be in 15 years?
Working in an organization or a company which helps people in some way and which allows me to travel.

Tell us a fun fact about you!
I tend to whistle to myself daily.


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Becky Lange

School: Georgetown University
Team: Growth
From: Westchester, NY

What does a typical day in the office look like for you?
I start off the day distracting as many fellow interns as possible. Once people scatter to try to get work done, I make myself a cup of tea and then probably another cup of tea. I help Jaclyn, our amazing Director of Key Relationships, with whatever she needs, so every day is different; some days I’m researching potential supporters, and other days I’m picking up documents at the Niger embassy or just keeping everyone else in line.

What’s your favorite part of interning at charity: water?
The kitchen has a pretty killer tea selection. Also, Robin Cho.

What is your favorite place to hangout in New York?
Do the intern tables count? I’m pretty popular around those parts, and I like to stay near my fan base.

Where do you want to be in 15 years?
The deal was that if I didn’t submit responses to these questions, those in charge of uploading this blog would make up answers for me. Since I can’t answer this question, I opt to leave my 15-year fate in the hands of the powers that be. Please make me sound exciting, competent, and athletic, because let’s be honest, this post will be the single only thing that’s going to come up when future employers/dates search me on the interwebs.

Tell us a fun fact about you!
I was once locked overnight in the Georgetown library… on a Friday.


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Hannah Patridge

School: Fairfield University
Team: Supporter Experience
From: Denver, Colorado

What’s your favorite part of interning at charity: water?
My favorite part of my internship at charity: water has been interacting with our amazing supporter base – while I correspond with many people in one day, I am continually inspired by the passion and commitment supporters bring to their fundraising campaigns for charity: water. I couldn’t imagine a better job than being able to interact with the people who are the life-blood of what we do. I am also so fortunate to work with an incredible team of passionate people – the staff members at charity: water never cease to amaze me! Imagine getting all the most passionate people you know into one room… that’s a day at charity: water.

What goes on in your life outside of charity: water?
I’m currently a college senior, so my life outside charity: water consists of countless books, club meetings, and days in the library with a cup of tea by my side! I love being in school, but I also love being able to step away from my life as a student and into the world that is charity: water. It is an exceptionally fun escape.

What is your favorite place to hangout in New York?
I commute into New York from Connecticut, so I often spend my days in New York inside the charity: water office! However, I do love exploring the city when I can. Reading on a park bench in Madison Square Park with a burger from the Shake Shack might not be such a bad afternoon :)

Where do you want to be in 15 years?
Fifteen years from now puts me at 36 years old – I would say that I want to be in an established (and ever-moving) career in nonprofit development, hopefully married and happy to be wherever I am. That may be vague, but from my short 21 years, I’ve learned that the real thing always exceeds your expectations. It certainly has for me, at least :)

Tell us a fun fact about you!
I love to swing dance!


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Jackie Jena

School: ESCP Europe Business School
Team: Growth
From: South Africa but I’m Zimbabwean

Why did you want to intern at charity: water?
I loved the business model for charity: water and the fact that it was positioned so differently from any other charity that I had seen. I loved that it was well branded,excellently marketed and mostly that they had a whole creative department dedicated to doing this. I also appreciated that they are an innovative and trend setting organization and I knew that I could learn a lot from being in this environment.

What’s your favorite part of interning at charity: water?
Growth Team meetings and All Staff meetings – I particularly like these as they shed excellent insight on how the organization is run and how all the departments come together to work towards the same vision- it’s fantastic.

What is your favorite place to hangout in New York?
Central Park – Its a good place to think, day dream and people watch.

Where do you want to be in 15 years?
Working as a fundraising and marketing consultant for non-profit and social businesses.

Tell us a fun fact about you!
One of my favourite hobbies is “people watching.”


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Kelsey Liddy

School: NYU Wagner School of Public Service
Team: Accounting
From: Lincoln, Nebraska

Why did you want to intern at charity: water?
I’ve worked for various nonprofits protecting basic human rights but charity: waters’ mission manages to encompasses them all. My professional goal has always been to help people help themselves and clean water is the golden ticket.

What does a typical day in the office look like for you?
Expense reports, expense reports, expense reports. Oh, and sales orders.

What’s your favorite part of interning at charity: water?
The people are so nice! At the end of the day it’s a pleasant place to be and everyone has something interesting about them yet to be found out. It’s like a treasure hunt.

What is your favorite place to hangout in New York?
Anywhere as long as I’m taking a break from studying. Usually Brooklyn or LES.

Tell us a fun fact about you!
I love to cross stitch!


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Leah Gervais

School: New York University
Team: Supporter Experience – Volunteer Program
From: Durango, Colorado

Why did you want to intern at charity: water?
I’ve wanted to intern at charity: water for years now. I hope to work in the nonprofit sector when I graduate and have always admired charity: water as one of the most transparent and true models out there! Plus the mission is spot on and relates to my academic career.

What does a typical day in the office look like for you?
I come into the office and get to communicate with charity: water’s amazing volunteers. Whether they be kids hoping they are old enough to volunteer, a group of people across the country wanting to organize a fundraiser, or our field volunteers sending me data from Ethiopia, I get to share in their enthusiasm and passion everyday.

What is your favorite place to hangout in New York?
I can’t choose, I love so many places in New York. Some of my favorites are the highline on a spring day, the Robert, and the South Street Seaport.

Where do you want to be in 15 years?
You know, this kind of question has been coming up a lot recently with graduation approaching, and the more I think about it the more I conclude that I HAVE NO IDEA! Wish me luck :).

Tell us a fun fact about you!
I sneeze 5-9 times every time.


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Michael Cai

School: New York University
Team: Program Finance
From: Houston, TX

What does a typical day in the office look like for you?
My job is basically to support the Programs and Program Finance team so I get passed off projects ranging from auditing the grant database to measuring the foreign exchange exposure of our various partnered countries’ currencies.

What’s your favorite part of interning at charity: water?
I really love the community within the workplace and the positive energy that is exuded here. The atmosphere encourages me to submit my best work, and I never feel overburdened.

What goes on in your life outside of charity: water?
My life is honestly pretty hectic outside of charity: water. I’m a current freshman at the NYU Stern School of Business, who is juggling classes, this internship, my a cappella commitments, as well as 2 research positions at school. Needless to say, I cannot wait for summer.

Where do you want to be in 15 years?
I want to be making big things happen in the social impact sector. No particular choices for what I want to go into as I have broad interests, but as long as I am making a difference, I will be content.

Tell us a fun fact about you!
I’m in an all-male a cappella group at school called Mass Transit.


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Natasha Sastri

School: Rutgers University
Team: Growth
From: Princeton, NJ

Why did you want to intern at charity: water?
It all started one Friday night last summer when I stumbled upon Scott Harrison’s 52 minute interview with Entrepreneur Kevin Rose. With barely getting halfway through the video, I immediately knew I had to be a part of charity: water someway, somehow. As a public health major, I’ve always had a passion for global health issues and the work of non-profit organizations and I wanted to get more involved. charity: water has the best of both worlds. On top of that, this organization is truly revolutionizing the face of charity. 100% of a donation used to fund a water project? With GPS coordinates? That’s just amazing. I really wanted to see it all with my own eyes.

What does a typical day in the office look like for you?
A typical day in the office always revolves around reporting. Since I mainly work with our Water Project Sponsors, I get the opportunity to put together Welcome Packets, Project Updates and Project Completion Reports, and send them to our incredible donors to show how grateful we are for their support.

What’s your favorite part of interning at charity: water?
My favorite part about interning at charity: water is watching the amazing staff interact and collaborate with each other so dynamically to make the mission of the organization come to life. It is such an inspiring atmosphere and I feel privileged to be able to work next to such driven people. Not a day goes by at charity: water where I leave the office not learning something new.

Where do you want to be in 15 years?
This is something I have never thought of, since I live life day by day. But I would hope to see myself as an established public health leader who has contributed to ending various global health issues. Working for the CDC or the WHO has been a growing dream of mine. Traveling to as many places around the world is also my life-long mission, so I would have hoped to have been to many places by then. Life is full of surprises. I could’ve never have told anyone a year ago that I would be interning at charity: water. The future scares and excites me at the same time, but nonetheless I am looking forward to see what it has in store for me.

Tell us a fun fact about you!
Say the word tennis and you’ll be talking to me for hours on end.


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Priyanka Jaisinghani

School: Hofstra University
Team: Supporter Experience
From: Syosset, NY

Why did you want to intern at charity: water?
charity: water’s mission is what inspired me to apply for this internship. As my home is in India, I know the true value of what clean and safe drinking water means to people. I have seen the sacrifices people have made to receive water by traveling endless miles for it and getting sick from drinking water that was dirty. I wanted to work for an organization that brings awareness about this issue and actually does something about it.

What’s your favorite part of interning at charity: water?
Through the supporters I connect with, I get to interact with people from all over the world. There’s never a dull moment in my inbox. I have been able to talk to people in the continental United States to the far corners of Asia. There are so many people working on cool initiatives and I get to learn about them through our correspondence.

What goes on in your life after charity: water?
When the clock strikes 4 I’m running back to get to my evening class. On days that I don’t have class, I like to venture out and try to do something new in the city. Last week I had seen the Highline park for the first time and I’m hoping to get to Brooklyn this week.

What’s your favorite place to hangout in New York?
I absolutely love venturing out around the office for a new spot. My favorite place right now is Molly’s Cupcakes where they have the most delightful peach cobbler cupcake- go try it!

Tell us a fun fact about you!
Once upon a time ago I took a couple of juggling classes.


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Prutha Patel

School: Rutgers University
Team: Water Programs
From: Tinton Falls, New Jersey

Why did you want to intern at charity: water?
I knew about charity: water since I was in high school, and traveling solidified my belief that the world water crisis was a really big deal. As I took more and more public health classes focused on international development, I realized that sitting and learning about it wasn’t where I wanted to stop. Luckily, my major required an internship over the summer, and my first choice was charity: water. This organization not only works towards a cause that I feel strongly about, but also redefines giving and creates an amazing donor experience.

What does a typical day in the office look like for you?
My typical day consists of lots of pictures and data. On one hand I help manage all the reporting photos and field notes that people see when their projects are completed. On the other, I assist the Water Programs team with data management. On any given day, I’m almost guaranteed to have an excel sheet open on my computer.

What goes on in your life outside of charity: water?
As a recent graduate, my life after charity: water consists a lot of transitioning back home and looking for a job, while holding on to every bit of Rutgers (since all my friends are still there) I possibly can. I’m enjoying my “last” semester with my friends while catching up on a lot of reading and TV shows I’ve put on hold. I’m also attempting to learn the guitar (again… yes I’m absolutely horrible, but determined).

Where do you want to be in 15 years?
15 years is a really long time and I honestly have no idea. I’m still trying to figure out the next year of my life… but if I don’t get to travel now, I’d love to be exploring the world one country at a time.

Tell us a fun fact about you!
I was in a proposal flash mob for complete strangers in Central Park — I’m not a good dancer, but it was fun.


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Sneha Goud

School: NYU Wagner School for Public Service
Department: Accounting and Finance
From: Greenwood, Indiana

Why did you want to intern at charity: water?
I love the mission and am interested in learning more about how financing works in an international nonprofit

What’s your favorite part of interning at charity: water?
Meeting and learning from all my colleagues with such diverse backgrounds

What goes on in your life outside of charity: water?
Studying and preparing for graduation – one month away!

What is your favorite place to hangout in New York?
I love walking around the Upper East Side on Sunday mornings

Where do you want to be in 15 years?
Running my own nonprofit

Tell us a fun fact about you!
I love to write and considered a career in journalism.


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