Arul Banerjea is a 17-year old junior at East Ridge High School in Woodbury. He has been an intern with IAM since 2020 and strives to help his Asian Indian community in any way possible. His passion is to help others in any way possible and is therefore pursuing a career in medicine. He positively influences the community around him by teaching piano to children in the community and by volunteering at St. Therese Senior Services of Woodbury. Arul’s interests include playing the piano, learning about the brain, and playing tennis. He has been an avid piano student since he was 4. He is the president of his school’s brain bee club and is a voracious reader.
Fun fact: Arul loves to sleep!
Diya Menon is a 16 year old sophomore at Wayzata High School. This is her first year as an IAM intern. Diya has a passion in the STEM field, including: psychology, neurology, and computer science. Her interests include classical dancing & singing, taekwondo, chess, playing the violin, robotics, and volunteering. She is involved in many clubs at school, currently in UMTYMP, and enjoys helping people. She is excited to help others and gain new opportunities and experiences.
Fun Fact: She is a black belt in taekwondo.
Mahati Rayadurgam is a 15 year old sophomore at Wayzata High School in Plymouth, MN. This is her first year as an intern at IAM. Mahati is passionate in music, the arts, and spreading awareness about social issues in today’s world. She is a Bharatanatyam dancer, Caranatic vocal student, and she plays the piano and the violin. She is involved musically in the Indian community and has a passion for sharing the arts. Mahati is involved at school through Wayzata UNICEF, Wayzata Youth Extending Services, and co-leads an awareness club at WHS which focuses on spreading awareness and bringing to light issues about monthly awareness topics. She is also greatly involved in ThinkSTEAM, a non-profit organization with the goal to encourage the involvement of girls in STEM and the arts. Outside of her passions and activities, Mahati enjoys drawing, traveling, baking, and spending time with family and friends.
Fun Fact: Mahati is a co-author of a published book.
Mehak Jain is a 16-year-old junior at Edina High School who has been an intern at IAMN since 2021 striving to get involved with the Asian community. Mehak has been involved in the government relations and SAARI departments of IAMN. Mehak has a passion for volunteering and volunteers at the Fairview Hospital, the library, and various other South Asian organizations such as the JCM and GSMN. Mehak is interested in pursuing a career in law and participates in many activities like Model UN, Mock Trial while also being captain of the Edina Synchronized swimming team.
Fun Fact: Mehak has 8 years of Kathak experience under her belt!
Priyanka Kopuru is a 16-year-old from Eden Prairie, MN. She is an upcoming junior at Eden Prairie high school. She is a first-year intern at IAM who strives to help and stay connected to her Asian-Indian community. Priyanka’s interests include singing, baking, dancing, and reading. She also really likes to learn new languages.
Fun fact: She is not a native speaker of Tamil but she can understand some basic Tamil.
Ria Mittal is a senior at Wayzata High School. She has been an IAM intern since 2020, writing newsletter blurbs, creating graphics, and working with the Government Relations team. She is interested in pursuing business—specifically social impact and business sustainability—in the future.
Fun fact: Ria loves dark chocolate covered almonds.
Riya Bharti is a 17-year-old from Woodbury, MN. She is a current senior at East Ridge High School and plans to major in Computer Science starting this fall. She is a first-year intern and is involved in the Marketing, Technology, and Non-Indian Outreach departments. Riya has a passion for volunteering, and you will constantly see her at local parades, STEM fairs, family events, and more. Her interests also include photography, kayaking, hiking, and biking. In addition, Riya is involved in over 10 school activities with many leadership positions. Her favorite is being the captain of her robotics team, where she codes, designs, project manages, volunteers, and teaches. Riya hopes to use her skills and experiences to connect with the Asian Indian community.
Fun fact: She is the reigning Miss Woodbury Princess.
Sanjana Varadhan is 16 years old and from Edina, MN. She is currently a Sophomore at Edina High School. This is her first year as an IAM intern and she is excited to connect with the Indian community and learn about IAM's involvement within it. Sanjana is currently involved in Marketing, Connect India, and Government relations at IAM. She is very passionate about volunteering and teaches kids math at an elementary school in Edina and also volunteers at the after school program in that elementary school. She is involved in many different club activities in school such as Model UN but outside of school she dances competitively for her dance studio. Her interests include reading, photography, dance, and spending time with friends.
Fun Fact: Sanjana can write calligraphy and cursive very well.
Shaunak Manjure is a junior at the Math and Science Academy in Woodbury, Minnesota. He joined the IAM intern team in 2021 and wants to contribute as much as he can to the Minnesota community as a whole. Shaunak has a passion to help others and interact with people of diverse backgrounds; he sees an internship with the IAM as a good platform to fulfill this passion. He helps out the community by volunteering in his school's chapter of the National Honor Society. Shaunak’s interests include playing cricket and he is interested in pursuing athletic medicine. He captained the Minnesota Youth Cricket Association team in tournaments around the country and was selected to train for the USA Cricket Midwest Zone. He played in the National u19 Zonal Tournament. Shaunak has a passion for cricket and is looking to pursue it fully. He has learned Indian Classical music from the age of 7 learning both Carnatic and Hindustani vocals. Also, he has been a part of local music performances. Shaunak is a member of the MSA Student Council and National Honor Society.
Fun Fact: Shaunak loves to travel and has been to 9 different countries and 13 different states.
Shreya Ramraj is a 16-year kid junior at Minnetonka High school in Minnetonka. She has been an intern with IAM since 2022 and strives to help the Indian, as well as other minority communities, to the best of her abilities. Her passion lays in creating avenues for people to express themselves, hence her interest in the field of Psychology, specifically Trauma Therapy targeting adolescents. Shreya’s interests include dancing, learning about Psychology and Trauma, and spending time with her dog.
Fun fact: She loves cookie dough ice cream with mint chocolate chip as a close second.
Srushti Vaidyanathan is in 11th grade at Prior Lake Highschool. This is her first year in IAM and she wants to help fellow Indians and other groups through the organization, while also maintaining her touch with Indian culture. Srushti is currently involved in the Trustee and Advisory Council, tech team, and cultural team. Outside of IAM, Srushti is on the highschool robotics, speech, and tennis team. She is interested in pursuing computer science and math, hence why she is a math instructor. In her free time, Srushti enjoys drawing, dancing, and playing video games.
Fun fact: Srushti was a figure-skater for 9 years!