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.
Ms. Matselioukh currently serves as the Global Supply Chain Operations Director at Chemonics International.
Being a part of the USUF team in Summer 2017, 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.
Ivan currently serves as Chief Legal Counsel for Suntri Inc.
I’m very grateful to the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation for the opportunity to participate in the internship and to learn so much not only about the USA and its political system, but also to gain valuable knowledge about the relationship between the two countries.
My experience in Summer 2016 was thrilling, useful and unforgettable. The Internship at the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation greatly expanded my horizons and at a deeper level helped me to understand geopolitical processes in the world. Also, I had an opportunity to participate in conferences and discussions at places like the Atlantic Council, the Ukrainian Caucus in Congress, the Johns Hopkins University, etc.
Moreover, during my internship I met many compassionate, wonderful people, who become my friends. The experience of this internship will always be remembered, treasured and, most importantly, used for all my future endeavors.
Today, Anna is a Communications Specialist with USAID in Kyiv.