Maria Sharmin

Hello, my name is Maria and I’m a senior at Woodrow Wilson Senior High School. I am currently an intern at the American Experience Foundation through a partnership with Urban Alliance.

Every month until my internship ends in July, I’ll be bringing you news of what’s happening with AEF. Please keep an eye out for our newsletter.

I’m very interested in interning with AEF because I want to major in Hospitality and Tourism when I’m in college. So far, I really enjoy it here because I’ve learned so much about how a destination marketing organization works. My dream job is to be an event coordinator because I love to organize, be creative and multitask. I also love to work with kids and help people.

I enjoy spending my free time volunteering at nonprofits such as Higher Achievement and the Young Women’s Project. At Higher Achievement, I tutor fifth graders to help them reach proficiency in Math and English. At the Young Women’s Project, I help promote good health by passing out educational materials. I like volunteering at these places because I enjoy helping others and connecting with my community.

If you see me at an AEF event, please come say hi!
AEF Scholarship Winner Profile

Jermaine Evans of Woodrow Wilson Senior High School is a 2020 American Experience Foundation (AEF) Scholarship Winner. He plans on attending Fayetteville State University this fall and wants to major in psychology and business. Jermaine was very surprised and overwhelmed when he found out that he...

American Experience Foundation Scholarship Winner Jermaine Evans
Career Ready Internship Employer Training Day

Leena Rahman is a rising senior at Woodrow Wilson Senior High School. She joined the NAF Academy of Hospitality and Tourism in 10th grade and so far, she loves the program. She enjoys getting hands-on experience through field trips and learning about the hospitality industry and its career options...

American Experience Foundation Intern Leena Rahman
Hospitality Industry Leader Thomas Penny's Story

Thomas Penny is the president of Donohoe Hospitality Services. He operates a portfolio of eleven business class hotels in partnership with Marriott, Hilton and InterContinental Hotels Group. He is a very busy man who serves on various boards such as the American Experience Foundation, education...

Thomas Penny III Headshot
Hospitality Educator Courtney Spinks' Story

Courtney Spinks is the Director of the Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC) Academy of Hospitality & Tourism. Her role is to connect high school students to various career opportunities and lead them to the professional world. She has an enthusiasm for helping others discover their...

Courtney Spinks interview
Backyard Bound Field Trip

In January, AEF hosted 40 students from DC’s Academies of Hospitality and Tourism on a very special Backyard Bound field trip to experience how amazing our city is from the eyes of a tourist. They explored the historic and cultural attractions, including the Hirshhorn Museum, International Spy...

Akoshia Yoba's Story

Akoshia Yoba is the Director of Career and Technical Education (CTE) at Maya Angelou Public Charter School (MAPCS) where she manages the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism and Business Academy programs. Ms. Yoba believes that the opportunity for her to work at Maya Angelou PCS is aligned with her...

Maria Sharmin - AEF Intern News Update
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