Meet Our Current Interns

Meet Our Current Interns

Keegan Stanton-Meas

Keegan Stanton-Meas was born and raised in Portland, Maine. He will graduate from the University of New England this fall with a bachelor’s degree in International Business and a minor in Communications. During his time at UNE, Keegan has been involved in various activities across campus, serving as a member of the Football team, a Resident Advisor, a Student Building Manager, and an Orientation Leader. He is excited for the opportunity to learn about the intricacies of global trade during his time in the Future Global Leaders program at Maine International Trade Center. Upon graduating, Keegan aspires to travel the world and pursue a career within the international business community. In his free time, he enjoys working out, watching horror movies, and traveling.

Mahnaz Vahdati

Mahnaz Vahdati was born and grew up in Iran. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Insurance Management in 2015, she served as a public relations officer in a business accelerator where she sought partnerships and sponsorship opportunities for startups and conducted marketing campaigns for entrepreneurial workshops and seminars. In 2017, Mahnaz moved to Maine and started her dual master’s degree in Global Policy (with a concentration in Trade and Commerce) and Business Administration at University of Maine in 2020. As a graduate student, her primary focus has been peacebuilding and gender mainstreaming in the Middle East and beyond. She is also interested in developing the role of the private sector and market-oriented reforms in strengthening gender equality, peace, and sustainable development worldwide. In the summer of 2021, she interned with the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, DC, where she published a paper on Women’s Political Representation in Middle Eastern countries. Her background in entrepreneurial environments helped her to get another internship position at the Innovate for Maine Fellows Program and connect with Maine-based businesses during the summer of 2022. As an intern at Maine International Trade Center, Mahnaz is excited to learn about necessary international trade tools and practical leadership skills. Upon graduating, she hopes to follow her career path in strengthening the role of international trade in extending sustainable development goals.