Institute for Global Studies

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Institute for Global Studies was a great choice to use for my internship. As an editorial intern for the premier Wellington, New Zealand Political Newspaper the primary focus of my job was covering the national elections in New Zealand and the United States. As a journalism student at Arizona State University, I was eager to understand the structure of a news organization in another country. The paper specializes in providing the public with news directly from the source — publishing press releases from various organizations. They also host live video and audio feeds of Parliament. While taping legislative hearings, I was struck by the intimacy of my access to New Zealand’s government. I also traveled extensively around the North and South islands. One cultural highlight was my stop at Rotorua, a town several hours north of Wellington. I visited a Maori village and learned about their historical way of life. These cultural explorations were equally important in rounding out my overall experience.

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Posted: October 24, 2014
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By: leah
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26

For three weeks during the summer of 2014 I worked with an non-profit called Innocence in Danger (IID). It is an NGO that strives to protect children against pedophiles and it operates in 32 countries around the world. There was a two-fold purpose for interning with this organization: to enhance my fluency in french and to support a cause that is very close to my heart. Its office in France was located in Paris, which was an added bonus!
The internship itself was a rewarding experience as I learnt much about the french work culture and lifestyle. Discussing and brainstorming ideas with colleagues was the perfect method to improve my language fluency. As a marketing-cum-technology intern, I increased their presence on social networking platforms such as linkedIn, instagram, facebook, idealist etc. Furthermore, to enhance their fundraising practices, I created dynamic presentations on Prezi and composed a succinct first-email to send to prospective donors in english. Additionally, translating texts and creating videos were the other tasks I completed.
Serendipitously, during my stint at Paris, I spent 5 days in Gstaad (Switzerland) assisting IID with their annual resilience retreat to help victims recuperate. It was ideal to learn about the impact the organization was making on the lives of the children.
Paris was a warm host. Though at first I thought the people were slightly impolite to foreigners, I quickly realized that not all Parisiens were that way. All in all, the location of our program was well-suited to our goals.
I recommend IGS to anyone and everyone looking for unconventional internships and volunteer opportunities. The team is very helpful and wants to make sure you get what you asked for.

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Posted: August 24, 2014
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