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Josef Korbel School of International Studies Humanitarian Assistance Program

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Internship Spotlight

Summer 2017 Internships

Abigail Richards
Jesuit Refugee Services
Dzaleka Refugee Camp, Malawi
SBGV Intern

Abby at Internship

I worked as a sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) Intern with the Jesuit Refugee Services' psychosocial department at the Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi. As an intern, I led a training on Trauma and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for counselors, developed a syllabus for a 10-week program to assist with integration into Dzaleka, and accessed cases of SGBV. Lastly, I fundraised, developed, and administered an 'I Love Consent; Men's Workshop' for 25 males between the ages of 14-25 with Salama, a local community-based organization, that works with youth in the community. I am still working with Salama to develop a female empowerment workshop for adolescent women in the camp.

How do you think it contributed to your humanitarian assistance and/or Korbel education?

As I had prior experience working with refugee communities, I found it important to work within a refugee camp and understand the structure of NGOs within camps. Additionally, this experience has helped hone my future professional interests.

Ali Eren Guven
New York, New York
Strategic Communications Intern

Eren Internship

I worked with the Campaigns Team within the Strategic Communications Branch. My main responsibility was to support the strategy and execution of the global World Humanitarian Day campaign as well as the ongoing advocacy messaging. My other responsibilities included drafting communications plans and guidelines for OCHA's field offices, managing social media platforms and online messaging, supporting media outreach and major events, designing content for digital and physical distribution, and so on.

Why did you choose this organization?

During my first year at graduate school, I developed an interest in advocacy and communications in the humanitarian system. UN OCHA's role as a global advocate and a strong coordinating mechanism, as well as the scale of their messaging and campaigns were the main reason I wanted to gain experience with them.

Aliza Vaccher
Washington, D.C.
Humanitarian Policy and Practice Intern

Aliza Internship

I worked with the Humanitarian Policy and Practice team. I was in charge of the InterAction bi-weekly digest, kept the InterAction famine response page up-to-date, and assisted with ongoing research, including member updates. I also created a two-page regional analysis of the yearly InterAction UNHCR/NGO partnership survey. Other aspects of my internship involved creating a baseline level of data collection, which resulted in the development of a qualitative coding protocol for InterAction member commitments to the Grand Bargain and World Humanitarian Summit.

Why did you choose this organization?

I chose InterAction because of the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects and the unique opportunity to learn from and network with many different humanitarian NGOs.