Get to Know The AIC Team
Meet the team who makes internships a reality!
In 2011, Tony Johnson co-founded the Academic Internship Council with Dr. Aden Hayes.
In 2016 Tony celebrated his 32nd anniversary in the field of international study and internships, having founded and directed the London Internship Program in 1984, which became the Boston University London Program in 1987. Over the years, he has personally placed more than 9,000 university students in professional practice internships in London. With nearly three decades of internship placement experience, he has worked with hundreds of businesses spanning all industry sectors.
Tony’s diverse background includes co-founding Practicum Europa (an organization focused on intra-European internship placements), working in England's Conservative Party and serving as a trainer in Poland for the National Democratic Institute of Washington, D.C. He is also a published sportswriter. Tony was educated at Haileybury College and Thames Valley University and holds C&UPCA Certificates in Electoral Law.
Tony has also chaired the Global Internship Conference since its rebranding and launch in 2012.
Aden Hayes, Ph.D.
Vice President, Academic Affairs
Dr. Aden Hayes has worked in Madrid for more than 20 years, first as the resident director of two US university study abroad programs, then as the managing partner of Comunicación Sin Fronteras public relations, and for 18 years he was the internship director of Boston University's Madrid Program. He has published both academic and popular books in English and Spanish and has given talks on cross-border internships to the Global International Internship Conference and the British Universities Transatlantic Exchange, among others. He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University.
In 2011, Aden co-founded the Academic Internship Council with Tony Johnson.
Kate Moore, Ed. D.
Dr. Kate Moore joined EUSA (our predecessor organization) in 2005, spearheading placements and programs in North America. Prior to that she served as Director of Internships for American University in Washington D.C. where she oversaw the placement of 1,200 student interns for all Washington-based programs, including six summer and 40 traditional semester programs each year. Kate has also worked with the Close Up Foundation as their Academic Outreach and Government Relations Manager.
Kate holds a Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania and has a Master's degree from Eastern University in Nonprofit Management and a Bachelor's degree from American University in International Studies.
Cynthia Singer Riordan
Cynthia joined EUSA (our predecessor organization) in 2008. She started her career working in human resources for a consulting firm based in Washington D.C. Cynthia has always had a strong interest in global issues and people from various backgrounds, so her transition into international education was a natural career shift. She began by teaching English abroad in Germany, and then returned to the US to work with exchange programs at CIEE. Immediately prior to joining the AIC team, Cynthia was the Center director of the English Language Center, an ESL organization located in Boston. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Rutgers University in Communications.
Originally from the Philadelphia area, Cynthia now calls Boston home and loves to showcase the city for visitors. She is a biking enthusiast and can be found biking to work during the summer months.
Program Manager, Boston
Brooke joined AIC as the Boston Program Manager in 2016. Originally from southeastern Massachusetts, she has called Boston home since 2009. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Religious Studies from Boston University. Her interest to work in experiential education was sparked from her study abroad experience at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon in 2011. Additionally, her travels have taken her to France, Turkey, Egypt, Italy, Canada, and throughout the United States. Her hope is to make intercultural exchange the common thread throughout her career. She looks forward to helping students engage in meaningful cultural exchanges that can lead to layered perspectives and understanding. She looks forward to providing students with the tools to make the most out of their experience in Boston and looks forward to showing off her city.
Brooke loves living in the city of Boston and exploring the uniqueness of its different neighborhoods and their eateries. She also likes to spend time in Boston’s museums and enjoys attending live music events. As a lifelong Boston sports fan, she is grateful to attend an occasional game at Fenway, Gillette, or the Garden. Brooke enjoys complimenting her life in Boston by exploring the outdoors in New England on camping and hiking trips and enjoying continued travel.
Director, New York City
Anna joined AIC in 2014 as NYC Program Director. Her passion for international experiential education was first sparked while studying Spanish in high school. She went on to travel to four continents with the University of Delaware as an undergraduate student. These trips left Anna with a strong desire to share the amazing experience of study abroad with others and to continue to travel. During her Master’s work in the Foreign Languages and Literature department at the University of Delaware, Anna began to lead students abroad whilst helping with a faculty led program to Mexico. She also participated in a faculty exchange that brought her back to southern Spain. Following her Master's work, Anna went on to lead students abroad with Putney Student Travel, and later taught English in an underserved community in Rishon LeZion, Israel. Upon returning to the States, Anna worked as a Career Services Representative at Everest Institute prior to joining AIC in early 2014. Having spent a number of years traveling, studying, and working abroad, Anna is excited to have the chance to shape the lives of AIC students through the types of experiences that were instrumental to her own personal growth.
Anna holds a Master's in Spanish Language and Literature, and a Bachelor's in Diplomacy and Three Languages both from the University of Delaware. Anna has completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training andenjoys practicing and teaching yoga in her spare time. Anna can also be found balancing city life with some outdoor adventures in hiking, biking, and continued travel.
Program Manager, New York City
Julianna Manning joined the AIC in 2015 as NYC Program Manager. Though originally from New York, she has also lived in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and brings both professional experience and personal interest in international education and student relations. Most recently, she worked for an educational start-up in London providing career development and internship opportunities for university students. She also has prior experience in marketing, communications, and counseling.
Julianna holds a Master's degree in Organizational & Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from SUNY Geneseo. In her free time, she enjoys all things travel-related, from studying foreign language to open water scuba diving, oh and also high-fiving.
Director, San Francisco
Ken joined the AIC in October 2014 to manage our internship programs in San Francisco and the Bay Area. He brings extensive experience in the legal and business fields, having worked as a lawyer and legal technology expert in the US and Asia. Most recently, Ken consulted with major West Coast law firm clients while in the legal information services division of Bloomberg. His passion for international experiential education started in 1987 with his first extended experience abroad as an American Field Service high school exchange student in Finland. After earning his degree in Political Science and East Asian studies from McGill University in Montreal, he was a participant on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme, teaching English at two public junior high schools in the Kanto region.
Ken received his law degree from Northeastern University in Boston, where he experienced firsthand the positive impact of internships on professional career development. Although a rare treat, his favorite activity is free diving and bodysurfing in places such as Coron (Philippines), Curaçao,and around the Andaman Sea (Thailand).
Program Manager, San Francisco
Originally from Minnesota, her passion for international education started with an exchange program to France when she was in 5th grade. This has led to a strong background of international education and work experience while living in countries such as Argentina, Costa Rica, and Spain. Most recently, she completed a bilingual master program in conjunction with a practicum that focused on creating cultural and linguistic understanding of the English language in Spanish schools. She also has prior experience in conference coordinating, international student relations, and teaching English as a second language.
Fallon holds a Master’s degree in International Education from the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Communications from the Honors College at College of Charleston. She looks forward to exploring the West Coast in her spare time, particularly weekend trips outside of the Bay Area.
GIC Conference Manager
Matt joined the AIC in early 2011 to establish our Toronto operations and to manage the Global Internship Conference (GIC) at UC Berkeley in June 2012. He brings 16 years of high-level service experience from the Meeting Management and Incentive Travel industries. Matt has lived and worked in the U.K. and Canada and has traveled to five different continents. A proud Torontonian and Canadian, he is eager to share his hometown with international internship students.
Matt’s other passion is working with an Elementary School in the Flemingdon Park neighborhood of Toronto, where he has spearheaded the effort to raise $26,000 over 3 years to improve education for 700 elementary students, most of whom are from newly immigrated families from more than 50 countries. During the winter months, Matt can be found at the local hockey rink every weekend, coaching his son’s and daughter’s teams and serving as a Level 2 Referee.
Naveen joined the AIC in 2016 to manage our internship programs in Mumbai. She is a resident of Bangalore but currently resides in Mumbai. Naveen worked with Global College of Long Island University for 22 years as the Director of South Asia and India Center. She carries her experience working with corporate to non-governmental organizations in the Human Resource and CSR domains. Naveen is passionate about revival of dying arts in the gypsy communities of India through various empowerment programs for women and children.
Naveen earned dual Bachelor’s degree in Human Issues/Anthropology and Commerce from both Manasagangotri (India) and Long Island University (USA). She also holds an Associate degree in Fashion and revival costume designing from NIFT, India. Naveen enjoys travelling, exploring new cultures and traditions. A very active person in the development of alternative education in rural and tribal sectors of India.
Shannah joined The AIC early 2012 with a focus on program delivery and professional practice internship placements in Singapore. She brings a wide range of experiences to The AIC, having managed a recruitment division dealing with job placements in Singapore, co-headed a private college for UK tertiary programs and also served as an Education Officer / School Counsellor under the Singapore Ministry of Education.
Shannah has dedicated her entire career to Education and has a genuine passion to help others improve their lives and excel in their careers. She enjoys music and travelling, is fluent in both English and Mandarin and holds a BA with a Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (NIE/NTU).
Assistant Manager, Singapore
Rachel joined AIC in 2014 as Assistant Manager for our Singapore internship programs. Prior to her current role, she worked for AIC, in 2013, as Program Manager. In addition, she has experience as a Test Analyst and Recruitment Consultant.
She majored in Information System Management as well as Organizational Behavior and Human Resources at Singapore Management University, and enjoys reading.
Director, Hong Kong
Rebecca joined the AIC team in 2014. Previously she served as Assistant Lecturer for a renowned University in Hong Kong and has extensive professional experience in career advising and developing overseas internship opportunities in London and Germany. Earlier in her career, Rebecca spent time in the aviation industry and at the Hong Kong Productivity Council, working with clients such as the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and trade associations. Rebecca earned a Research Master’s degree in Media and Communication from Ilmenau University of Technology in Germany, with a focus on cross-cultural communication, strategic communication management and entrepreneurship. Rebecca has travelled to more than 30 countries and cities, and she is passionate about inspiring others to reach their potentials and improving international understanding.
Assistant Manager, Hong Kong
Previously an AIC intern, Alvin graduated with a degree in Biotechnology, and later joined an information service firm as an recruiting associate. After gaining experience in talent attraction and recruitment , he returns to AIC as an assistant manager.
He enjoys traveling and immersing in different culture. He spent most of his childhood in Canada. Having finished two internships in both Germany and Japan, he embarked on an exchange program in Sweden during his undergraduate studies.
Stephanie joined AIC in 2015 and serves as the AIC Berlin Director. Originally from Tennessee, she has lived and worked in Germany for more than 19 years. During that time, Stephanie organized and presented cultural and foreign language workshops and seminars for a variety of organizations and institutions in Berlin, Munich, and Hong Kong. Most recently, she developed and led her own online learning programs for creative business with participants from more than 50 countries.
Stephanie holds Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Science in Education degrees from the University of Tennessee, and she received a Master of Arts degree from the Institute for Art in Context at the Berlin University of the Arts.
As an American citizen and permanent German resident, Stephanie hopes to serve as a valuable bridge between cultures for AIC's Berlin internship programs. Stephanie is passionate about international education, and she looks forward to welcoming students to her favorite city in the world - Berlin.
Samantha joined AIC in 2016, having previously worked at EUSA (our predecessor organization) where she established the University Relations department in Boston and then served as the London Director, overseeing the programmes and placements of over 800 student interns each year. Samantha has worked in international education since 2001 and is passionate about intercultural and experiential education. It was after spending her junior year abroad in France, that Samantha got the “bug.” She went on to study abroad in Spain, and has volunteered in Ecuador, Nepal, and India, and taught English in Argentina.
Samantha holds a Masters of Public Administration from Portland State University, specializing in nonprofit management, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in French and Psychology.
Russell works with Kate Moore on program development, project management, marketing, university relations, student recruitment, and various other projects yet to be discovered.
Originally from Cape Cod, Russell moved to Maine in 2009 and began working for CIEE.
Catherine joined EUSA (our predecessor organization) in 2002 and helped EUSA grow from two educational partners to more than 60. She has nearly two decades of marketing/communications and business consulting experience in a variety of industries, but has particular specialization in the educational services sector, focusing on both international education and educational publishing.
Catherine has worked both in the U.S. and Europe to develop and market educational products and services and has classroom teaching experience in both Spain and the Republic of South Korea. She grew up on three continents, has traveled to more than 50 countries and is passionate about the educational importance of study abroad and internships. When she's not working, Catherine will most likely be found running to catch a plane—or running in the park! Catherine holds an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.