Shanika Yapa

Shanika Yapa

Work experience

Work experience
Aug 2010 - May 2011

Programming Assistant

International Student & Scholar Services, American University
  • Coordinated the AU Diplomats program
  • Edited the weekly newsletter
  • Liaised with International Admissions to put together tours and other events for visiting students and education advisors
  • Coordinated the logistical requirements for projects featuring AU international students with outside organizations such as NAFSA
Jan 2009 - Dec 2009

Orientation Coordinator

International Student & Scholar Services, American University
  • Recruited student volunteers to assist with orientation and assisted with their training sessions
  • Planned logistics related to the fall 2009 and spring 2010 international student orientation program
  • Solicited local businesses for potential sponsorships
May 2009 - Aug 2009


Women & Politics Institute, American University
  • Assisted with the recruitment, selection and logistics of the WeLead (a leadership development program coordinated by the institute) participants
  • Organized and updated the WPPL (Women, Policy and Politics certificate program offered by the institute) database
  • Performed other tasks such as conducting research on political activities, filling in financial forms for re-imbursements etc 
Jan 2009 - Apr 2009

Communication & Development Intern

International Labor Rights Forum
  • Created the initial drafts of communications strategies for small-scale projects and campaigns
  • Updated and organized media databases
  • Evaluated and effectively utilized social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter for the organization
  • Wrote four articles for the ILRF blog 
Jun 2008 - Jul 2008


Bates Strategic Alliance
  • Interacted with local media and assisted with the production of press releases
  • Coordinated the press launch for "Infotel 2008" -- a biennial information and communication technology conference
  • Brainstormed and assisted with several PR campaigns
Jul 2006 - Jun 2007

Communications & Research Assistant

Sri Lankan Youth Parliament, Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies
  • Coordinated skills development workshops
  • Edited and produced the monthly newsletter, and maintained the project website
  • Communicated internally, within the Sri Lankan Youth Parliament, about events and other activities



Published Blog Posts

Feature Articles

Press Releases & Media Alerts

Strategic Communication Plans



Adobe Dreamweaver

Adobe InDesign

Adobe Photoshop


  • Amateur baker and dessert maker
  • Die-hard detective fiction fan
  • Part-time poet and creative writer

Awards and Recognition