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Intern Insights Help Fuel AHC

May 09, 2023

AHC frequently employs interns in different departments in a variety of roles. Student interns bring valuable insights and expertise. They support efforts to further AHC's mission while expanding their career experiences. Check out the ways interns are making a difference at AHC.

Maya Stanley is in the business management master's program at George Mason University (GMU). In May, she began working with AHC's Community Relations department to develop resident engagement surveys. Maya is also part of a community development research project in Arlington, in partnership with NeighborWorks.

Karishma Suryaneni, also in the business management master's program at GMU, is working with the Human Resources and IT department. She supports several projects, including research and development for an AHC intranet.

In 2022, Chris Concepcion began working with AHC as an AmeriCorps VISTA, through a Virginia Housing Alliance program. He is a GMU business school graduate and works in the Community Relations department. Chris was interested in housing affordability and ensuring everyone has a safe, comfortable, and stable home – so the program was a natural fit. In his role, Chris supports fundraising, communications, and community engagement. "Working across the region on affordable housing has been invaluable," said Chris. "My experiences with AHC are also helping support the VISTA mission of ending homelessness – and I hope to bring what I am learning to continue my community advocacy."

Earlier this year, Maria Mantilla joined the Community Relations department for several weeks. She attends Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia and helped create a new Resident Handbook and videotape many resident stories. "The work here is so valuable," said Maria. "We are directly responsible for putting a roof over people's heads and connecting them with the resources they would have otherwise not known about."

The Resident Services (RS) department routinely works with interns from GMU as well as the University of Maryland. This past year, six different interns supported AHC's social services programs in Maryland and Virginia – and RS is planning the same for the fall.

Tom Ferris was one of the individuals who worked with RS in the last year. Tom had a successful career working at the International Monetary Fund, then decided to pursue his master's in social work at the University of Maryland Baltimore. He wanted to expand his horizons and help impact the community directly.

Tom served an important role in delivering new and innovative programs to seniors at Charter House in Silver Spring. His work included launching a health and wellness program last year to bring medical professionals to residents, through health seminars and check-ups to help residents build healthy habits as they age in place.

Tyler Pearre joined the Real Estate department for a few weeks this past winter, before finishing his master's in urban planning and development at the University of Virginia. Tyler used his technical and analytical skills to provide research on possible development opportunities in Montgomery County, Maryland.

The Asset Management department also received support last year for AHC's digital inclusion efforts. Carter Smith, in the urban studies program at the University of Pittsburgh, developed a draft AHC Digital Equity Handbook.


About AHC Inc.

AHC Inc., a nonprofit developer based in Arlington, VA, builds and preserves affordable and mixed-income housing in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC. Since 1975, AHC has developed more than 8,200 apartments in the mid-Atlantic region, including 3,400 in Arlington. AHC’s Resident Services program reaches thousands of children, teens, adults, and seniors each year through onsite education and social service programs and activities.

Media Contact: Jennifer K. Smith, Director of Communications, 703-486‑0626 x1118


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