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Intern Projects

We like to provide our interns with real-world projects that Resilient Communities and/or local partner associations need assistance developing - whether they are in the pipeline, need more research, ready for a proposal draft, or need funding! Our interns have directly contributed to Resilient Communities' mission of sustainable development in Morocco.

In addition to assisting us with project development, we assist our interns with designing and developing their own projects, gaining valuable skills along the way. At the same time, teaching them about development issues their project will be tackling in the Moroccan context, giving them a perspective on implementation methods and how they compare on an international level within their own home-countries.

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Kaoutar Benykou

Spring 2022 Intern, Master of Sociology and License in Arts & Media, Class of 2022

The first of the projects that she will be involved in will be developing an English-focused “Life Skills” camp with a partnering teacher in Oued Elabid. She will also be working on a women’s empowerment project in Tiflet.

Nouhaila Bouchane

Spring 2022 Intern, License in Arabic Studies, Class of 2023

The first of Nouhaila's projects with RC will involve the establishment of a professional training and education facility for handicapped individuals in the city of Tiflet. It will provide them with various forms of training in order to develop their abilities and enable them to integrate into society and complete their learning more easily. Nouhaila's second project will involve will involve assisting a partner association in efforts to establish a clinic for the village Ait Ali wa Daoud near the town of Boumia. The clinic will provide screening and treatment services for most diseases and will aim to provide initial assistance to the residents of the village and those adjacent to it.

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Jim Creamer

Spring 2022 Intern, Bachelor of Urban Planning, Class of 2025

As an urban planning intern, Jim is will continue a past intern’s project by designing a sustainable communal washing station for the village of Aguerda. He will also begin designing a “LEED Communities” type program for Moroccan towns and villages. In addition, Jim will be maintaining the NGO’s website.

Aidan Perrone

Spring 2022 Intern, Bachelor of Urban Planning, Class of 2025

Aidan will be managing social media content for the Instagram and Facebook pages of RC over the course of the semester. He will also be working on two projects. The first project revolves around a solar-powered well in Tassdert, a village near the town of Taliouine. Aidan will research, utilize sketches and design renderings for the project site, collaborate with other team members, and formulate a budget. A fundraising effort will commence following this. The second project will focus on the re-imagination of a commercial plaza in Aidan's hometown of Marlboro, New Jersey, United States. He will utilize site planning methods to formulate a new approach to the plaza and its parking lot, integrating green, sustainable infrastructure in the process.

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Ana Clevenger

Fall 2021 Intern, Bachelor of Urban Planning, Class of 2022

Ana has a diverse work background including product photography, small business marketing, planning, and architecture. For her SPI, she will be working on updating Resilient Communities website as well as doing social media. In addition, she is participating in weekly workshop meetings with the other interns.

Our Past Interns' Work

Lauren Kirgis
Lauren Kirgis

Spring 2021 Intern

Lauren created a workshop for mindfulness and meditation; an important skill during a lockdown. 

She helped us further research solutions for reusing and mitigating olive oil wastewater. She put her findings into a project proposal that we hope to implement in the future. Lauren also assisted us in drafting the Concept Note for the Green Climate Fund.

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Sean Buckley

Fall 2020 Intern

Sean helped visualize our solid waste data for the Al Haouz province using GIS. He developed a workshop for designing and implementing a garden in your own community. Sean also assisted us with performing research for our Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund and Green Climate Fund proposals.

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Arju Piya

Summer 2021 Intern

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Arju fufilled her summer co-op requirement for the School of Planning at UC. She assisted us with developing workshop content and organizing a fundraising campaign to help build and equip a classroom for the women's cooperative in the local mosque. 

Blake Steiner
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Summer 2020 Interns

Blake and Matt were RPCVs in Morocco from 2016 to 2018. During their internships, they teamed-up to create a "Health Workshop" targeted towards Moroccan youth.


They also helped write the project proposal for our waste-powered pottery kilns in Tameslouht, which are now ready to be funded.

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?Need Help Developing a Project

Resilient Communities specialized in sustainable project design and development and believes that sharing resources are important for all civic-society organizations to better their communities.


If your organization wants to gain more skills on project design and management contact us about providing a workshop for your team! If you need assistance on beginning, or implementing your project, or anywhere in between, we can provide support through our interns and president!

Contact Eastman Johnson at to learn more about the requirements needed for submitting your own project proposal.

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