MEET THE 2018 SHEBELIEVES INTERNS!

SheBelieves aims to inspire girls and young women to be the best they can be on and off the field. To further the mission and impact of SheBelieves, in 2018, U.S. Soccer launched the SheBelieves Internship Program. The inaugural SheBelieves Internship Program class consisted of seven young women from five different organizations: U.S. Soccer Federation, CSM Sport & Entertainment, Continental Tire, Northwestern Medical, and the NWSL. As part of the program, they took part in monthly webinars, Coaching calls, an inter-office mentorship program, and a culmination event in Chicago around the Tournament of Nations. If you are interested in applying for our next SheBelieves class, please submit your information here.

 

 
Ademilola Tejuoso
NW Medicine Pre-Med Undergraduate Internship, Northwestern Medical - Loyola University Chicago

”The SheBelieves Internship Program provided tools for me to navigate the world as a young female professional. I learned the importance of network connections, relationships, and aligning your passions and career goals through the monthly webinars. In addition, the SheBelieves Internship Program allowed me to connect with a group of like-minds peers during the live networking event which inspired me to be courageous and bold with all that I do. The SheBelieves Internship Program showed me that the sky is not the limit.”


Alexiz Morales
 
Alexiz Morales
Plant Summer Intern, Continental Tire - Southern Illinois University Carbondale

”What I gained from the SheBelieves Internship program was an eye opening experience. I learned more about myself and it has given me self-confidence to make my dreams a reality. Monthly webinars with my Coach and weekly meetings with my mentor has been inspiring. I was challenged with tasks that have only benefited me to further my career.”



Allie Band
 
Allie Band
Consulting Intern, CSM Sport & Entertainment - University of Florida

”Throughout the SheBelieves Internship Program, we had the opportunity to hear from women in different sectors of the sport industry, at different stages in their careers. This reminded me that there is no single path women need to take to work in the sport industry, and that our dream jobs are within reach. The opportunities are endless, especially for women. Spending time with the other interns reminded me of an important lesson: When you have a dream, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. Always believe in yourself.”



Elise Rainey
 
Elise Rainey
Industrial Engineering Intern, Continental Tire - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

"The SheBelieves Internship Program led me to be more confident in my work. I learned certain skills through the monthly webinars that will help me throughout my career to succeed. I have also learned to ask questions when I need guidance, and to not be afraid to stand up and state my opinions. This program was a great opportunity for young women to connect and learn how to achieve their dreams in the workplace."



Hailah Ahmed
 
Hailah Ahmed
Validation Test Intern, Continental Tire - Wayne State University

”Through the SheBelieves Internship Program, I was grateful to meet a group of phenomenal young women who inspired me to dream big and realize my potential. It’s been an honor to meet and interact with these women, their insight and guidance will forever be appreciated. Throughout this experience, I’ve gained the courage to step out of my comfort zone, to put myself out there and really challenge myself. I owe it to Joan’s amazing advice and commitment to see us all succeed, as well as my fellow interns, who openly spoke about their concerns and reservations, and how they overcame them. It’s truly been a remarkable experience, one that will further my professional and personal growth.”



Kaylyn Arima
 
Kaylyn Arima
Partnership Sales Intern, NWSL Media - Santa Clara University

”I am so grateful to have been a part of the inaugural class of the SheBelieves Internship Program, where I have learned and grown so much. For me, one of the most valuable takeaways of this incredible experience from U.S. Soccer and the National Women’s Soccer League is a greater sense of confidence in myself and my abilities. By providing all the interns with not only a wonderful coach, Joan Kuhl, to help us navigate the workplace as millennial women, but also an opportunity for us all to network and connect in Chicago, I know that I have come out of this program with a support system of the six other amazing and powerful women who participated in this internship program. Because of the network that the SheBelieves Internship Program was able to provide to us, I know that no matter where my career may take me, I will always have a strong support system of other women who fully embody and showcase the SheBelieves ethos.”



Kelsey Smith
 
Kelsey Smith
Corporate Partnerships Intern, U.S. Soccer Federation - Syracuse University

“The SheBelieves Internship Program gave me a support system of other driven young women with different backgrounds and passions that have inspired me with their accomplishments. This program has given me a group of women, the other interns as well as mentors, that I can go to for career advice and feedback on projects I am developing. I am very grateful for the women at U.S. Soccer that have put this group together and I am lucky to be apart of the first ever SheBelieves Intern class! I look forward to seeing the amazing things that come from this program and staying involved with the SheBelieves mission.”