2009 Summer Internships

Sara Maffey '10 worked as a summer intern at Habitat for Humanity Tanzania researching methods, trends and challenges involved in incremental home building in Dar es Salaam. 

Her work culminated in a collection of case studies as well as a manual on construction and financial management aimed at the applicants to a pilot microfinance housing program. She can be seen here in the Mbagala Kuu region of Dar es Salaam, in front of her favorite house, whose owners showed incredible ingenuity in completing construction.

During the summer, Sara consulted for D.Light Design, a social enterprise bringing solar lamps to rural East Africa, where she suggested ways to improve sales via changes to product pricing, distribution, and maintenance. Before SOM, Sara studied Urban Design and Architecture Studies at New York University and worked as a mechanical engineer and construction manager at Turner Construction Company in New York City.

Shannon Marimón, SOM ’10 Shannon Marimón, SOM ’10 Shannon Marimón, SOM ’10 spent the 2009 summer as a Business Consultant Intern for the National Park Service. This internship is in its tenth year of existence and pairs interns with interesting projects throughout the Park system. Shannon was based out of the Washington DC Commercial Services Program division and was asked to conduct a benchmarking study of comparable organizations- state and international park systems- in order to analyze the process for franchise fee setting of concessions contracts. In her final oral and written reports, which included an explanation of her survey methodology, Shannon made recommendations to the Commercial Services Program Chief that would result in greater return to National Park Service. Shannon also worked on generating a program-wide cost/benefit analysis to identify opportunities for cost savings.

In addition to this core endeavor, Shannon developed a comprehensive set of Commercial Service Program marketing materials to encourage collaboration and new partnerships among internal and external entities.  As part of her research, she traveled to the Glen Canyon Recreation Area in Page, AZ in order to interview concessioners and concessions staff on the ground. She plans to continue working with the National Park Service as a SCEP employee over the course of her second year, with an emphasis on improving human capital strategy for the Commercial Services Program division.