Two President's Interns Design Service Projects, Win Scholarships to Partners Convention

Lindsay Cox (left) and Jorge Londoño Mejia (right), 2016 winners of the President's Internship Program's Community Based Project Proposal Competition

Lindsay Cox, a rising senior at Binghamton University in Upstate New York, and Jorge Londoño Mejia, a recent graduate of Universidad EAFIT in Medellín, Colombia, are the 2016 winners of the President's Internship Program's (PIP) Community Based Project Proposal Competition, offered through Partners of the Americas (Partners). 

As winners, Cox and Londoño Mejia will receive a full scholarship package to attend Partners’ upcoming international convention, Partnership 2016: Innovation and Inclusion in the Americas, in Guadalajara, Mexico, as well as Partners’ Youth Leadership Retreat in Tamazula de Gordiano, Mexico. The scholarships include complimentary registration, airfare and lodging accommodations.


“I am thrilled to continue my journey with Partners through this incredible opportunity,” Cox, a summer 2016 President's Intern, said when asked about her winning.

“I am honored to be a recipient of this scholarship and know that this will be a transformational experience,” Londoño Mejia, a summer/fall 2015 President's Intern, included. 

In addition to participating alongside the more than 250 participants anticipated to attend these events, Cox and Londoño Mejia will have the opportunity to share their award-winning project proposals, network with seasoned professionals from the public and private sectors, and learn from other service-oriented youth who are making a positive difference in their communities.  

The Community Based Project Proposal Competition is an exclusive component of PIP, designed by Partners to build students’ and recent graduates’ leadership and professional skills as they enter the global job market through an intensive training program ranging from 10 weeks to 6 months in Washington, DC. Participants receive mentorship and training from Partners staff on proposal writing, empowering their creativity and passion for service to develop realistic projects that can be implemented to serve unmet needs in their communities. Projects undergo a series of internal reviews by Partners staff and then an external review by a panel of experts.

Cox engaging with Partners Youth Ambassadors during their DC tour

A President’s Interns for Youth Engagement, Cox’s project proposal focused on providing bilingual professional development training to underserved Latinos in Binghamton. 

Londoño Mejia, who served as a President’s Intern for External Relations and president of the EAFIT PartnersCampus Student Chapter, designed his project around creating an alumni network for former Student Chapter leaders as a way for them to continue serving their chapters post-graduation and build an international support network of emerging professionals. 

Londoño Mejia presents his community based project to a panel of external reviewers

We look forward to their participation in the Convention and can’t wait to see what they accomplish next!

To apply to the President’s Internship Program or become a Higher Education Partner that offers the program to your students, please contact Sherrita Wilkins at or by phone at 202-637-6225.

Learn more about the President's Internship Program.