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A Long-Distance Internship

Benjamin Mwangi, a Northwestern University in Qatar junior, helps promote the life-changing work of an alum’s Chicago-area nonprofit.

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Benjamin Mwangi on campus in Qatar.

Winter 2022

When Kim Weisensee Brown ’08, ’09 MS needed content creation help for her Chicago-based nonprofit, she turned to Northwestern to find an intern. To her surprise, she found the perfect fit more than 7,000 miles away: Benjamin Mwangi, a junior at Northwestern University in Qatar.

Mwangi, who is from Nairobi, Kenya, completed a remote internship last summer, developing infographics and video for Brown’s website and social media channels. Brown’s nonprofit, Centrally Human, teaches equity and inclusion techniques to high school students nationally to help them reach their career and leadership potential.

Mwangi appreciates the opportunity to help empower teens. “I’m here on the other side of the world and hopefully I’m able to make a difference in someone else’s life,” he says.

“As an alum,” Brown says, “it’s so cool that I get to work with this student who’s a global citizen and an incredible video producer to tell the story of how we’re helping high school students be more inclusive.”

Mwangi and Brown will likely meet in person for the first time when he travels to the U.S. as part of the Evanston Communication Exchange Program, which invites Northwestern Qatar communication students to study on the Evanston campus during the winter and spring quarters.

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