SAHARA Communications sponsoring a Middle Eastern Intern in Obama’s White House

Published March 23rd, 2010 - 10:13 GMT

Miss Tammy Mehdi, a 20 year old Mass Communications graduate from the American University in Sharjah attained an internship in the White House Communications Department.  To enable Tammy in fulfilling her dream and serve a four-month internship at the White House, the UAE-based SAHARA Communications, the region's leading media consultancy and part of the SAHARA Group, is sponsoring the bright 20-year graduate.

Tammy Mehdi, a US citizen who has lived in the UAE for almost all of her life, is one of the 1,000 applicants for the internship position.

Speaking of the decision to sponsor Ms Mehdi, Bassam Al Naimi, Branch Manager of SAHARA Communications in Dubai, said, “As one of the Middle East region’s leading Corporate Communication firms, we believe if we are to continue to aim for growth, we need new, dynamic, and highly qualified graduates. Thus we are constantly involved in supporting, sponsoring and creating programmes to promote the growth of both the industry as a whole and the people who make up the industry. This is why we have chosen to support Ms Mehdi - she is one of the new generation of graduates that can help propel the communications sector and promote better understanding across the globe.”

Ms Mehdi wrote an essay about the diminished reputation of the US government in the world and the Obama administration’s chance to address this problem, and this essay was crucial in her getting selected, as well as her being based in the Middle East.

Ms Mehdi will be working in the communications department at the White House. Specifically, she will be assigned to new media, which focuses mainly on the website Tammy will also be involved with the White House presence online in forms including Twitter and Facebook.

Says Ms Mehdi, “This internship is an incredible opportunity and I am really looking forward to learning as much as possible while I am there. Not only is it very exciting for me personally, but it is my hope that through this opportunity we will be able to increase understanding of policies and procedures, which will give the Middle Eastern media a better understanding of the whole area and how it works.

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