When I walked into USUF’s office as an intern in January 2005, little did I know that in a year from then I would be at the White House, sitting in front of the President of the United States as he signed into law a bill that would establish permanent normal trade relations between the United States and Ukraine. It was a historic moment in U.S.-Ukraine relations, and even though I was just an intern, I had a seat at the table because of my work at USUF related to the bill. I learned a ton in that job, but most of all I learned about the kind of place U.S.-Ukraine Foundation is a place that takes chances on people, gives them great opportunities, and above all else, does incredible work for the good of U.S.-Ukraine relations. I’m so honored to have been part of the USUF team.
Being a part of the USUF team, I definitely increased my professional strength and soft skills. Without doubts, all activities opened a fascinating part of my life journey. On the one hand, my research topics in the newsletter and the startup school (drones, innovations, and investments) helped to meet interesting people that opened new professional perspectives for me. On the other hand, freedom of decisions gave me an opportunity to participate in the great international projects. Last but not least, I understand more clearly how Ukrainian politics, culture, and community evolve in the U.S. these days.