By Bessie Zavidow, Government Relations and Public Policy Intern

My name is Bessie Zavidow, and I have the pleasure of interning for Operation HOPE’s Office of Government Relations and Public Policy (GRPP), while also working with their Office of Innovation Research & Assessment (OIRA) on donor-related projects. My internship is taking place during the months of June and July 2016 in Washington, D.C.

I am from originally from northern New Jersey, but I am currently residing in Washington, D.C, where I attend college. I recently completed my second year at Georgetown University, where I am studying International Economics in the School of Foreign Service with a focus on Theory and Policy.

I am passionate about economic development both in the United States and abroad. In addition to volunteering with local
organizations, I have worked as a research assistant to a professor at Georgetown University for the past two years. During my tenure, I helped to study the role of collective action of women through micro-finance organizations and management of common-pool resources in poverty alleviation in Rajasthan, India. In the future, I hope to attend graduate school for economics and have a career in economic analysis.


Operation HOPE’s Fellows, Interns and Loaned Executives (FILE) program aims to educate and empower the next generation of silver rights leaders, while supporting HOPE departments as they work to increase financial inclusion. FILE challenges students and recent graduates to grow both personally and professionally, and to build on their leadership potential. You can learn more about our FILE program, or apply to become a HOPE fellow or intern here.