Over the summer, Ashmita Bhandari completed her internship with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in Alexandria, Va. The IACP is the oldest and the largest non-profit law enforcement association in the world. The senior accounting major from Lalitpur, Nepal, has been the finance intern for the IACP’s department of finance and operations since May.

At the IACP, she performs data analysis for federal grants and non-grants, as well as assisting with accounts payable and receivables and updating the accounting procedure manual for the NGO. She also has undertaken digitizing procurement procedures, which will help ensure procurement policy is followed throughout the organization.

Bhandari said she has gained not only a greater understanding of learning the operations of a non-profit organization, but learned a lot about the problems faced by the law enforcement organizations across the country. She said the most valuable lesson she has learned is to expose yourself to new opportunities.

“Do not say no to any opportunity given to you, be it small or big,” said Bhandari.