Internship Field: International Relations, Development
Major: International Relations
Duration: May – July 2007
Description: "I helped to prepare various seminars for participants in InWEnt programs. These programs, funded by the BMZ (Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung), bring professionals from around the world to Germany in order to participate in further training programs. I prepared handouts, checklists, leisure activities, etc, and occupied an office where the participants could come to have both logistic and personal questions answered during their time in Berlin.
I also attended several of these seminars to provide another contact for the participants – Dialogue Days, HIV-AIDS, a discussion in with the local Berlin government on education with a program on Quality Education from Latin America, and organized logistics for the opening and closing events for various programs.
In addition, I performed basic office duties, such as copying and organizing, took pictures of the participants in the programs, and helped organize transportation between cities in Germany. I also provided advice on what to do in Berlin."
Comments: "Probably the most rewarding part of my internship was getting to speak to young professionals in all different kinds of professions from around the world and coming to understand more about the various countries they came from. I also learned about how German development goals are partly put into practice through these programs.
While I had of course already studied in Berlin for three months with the Stanford Program, my internship helped me see the city in a completely different light – I felt more like I was living there and not only visiting. My interaction with Germans greatly increased, both because of work and living in a WG (Wohngemeinschaft) with a German – definitely a good idea. Also, Berlin is a completely different city in summer and with the World Cup their was extra added excitement which created a great atmosphere. It was nice to see the city from the different perspectives of a student and an intern."
German language skills: "I became more comfortable speaking formally and developed my ability to hold phone conversations. I also came to understand almost everything spoken to me and improved my general vocabulary."
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