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Summer Internship with The Reach Trust (USAID Global Development Fellowship)

Max Aaronson, MPP '17

In the past summer, over ninety Goldman School students interned in government, nonprofit and private agencies throughout the US and the world.

Max Aaronson spent his summer completing a USAID Global Development Fellowship in South Africa.  Through USAID’s Global Development Fellowship, Max interned at the Reach Trust in South Africa.  The Reach Trust was established in 2012 to inspire and improve lives through the development of innovative and cost-effective mobile solutions.

Max’s projects included the creation of a financial literacy program for South African Youth, the brokering of new business partnerships across numerous sectors, and the development of business proposals for an online rewards platform, teacher training program, and links to environmental education.  In addition, Max conducted literature reviews to identify innovations in global development from government and think tank sources.  

According to Max, some of GSPP’s foundational coursework skills supported him through the business planning projects he completed.  “I had to amass a number of alternatives and recommend the best path forward, according to specific measures of success.  I’m glad to have had the Eight-Fold Path shed some light on this process before I started.”