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Josef Korbel School of International Studies Humanitarian Assistance Program

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Internship Spotlight

Relief International

Relief International (RI) is a humanitarian non-profit agency that provides emergency relief, rehabilitation, development assistance, and program services to vulnerable communities worldwide. The organization highlights vulnerable populations such as women and children and communities affected by natural disasters and civil conflicts. RI provides multisectoral programs which bridge humanitarian efforts with development programs and works toward building capacity within communities.

As one of six sectors in which RI focuses, Emergency, Health and Sanitation programs address emergency needs of those affected by natural disasters and conflict through the delivery of food, water, shelter and medical services, which then extends into long-term health services.

HA Certificate student Miriam Edwards interned with Relief International in the Middle East Program over the summer.

Miriam Edwards

Humanitarian Assistance Student Miriam EdwardsRelief International (RI), Washington DC
Middle East Programs Intern

My role was to support the Senior Desk Officer and Senior Program Director in the DC office, as well as regional coordinators and country directors. RI field staff members are locals and English may not be a first language, therefore interns were used to edit project quarterly reports and project proposal documents. I also had the opportunity to work on a budget for a proposal to assist Syrian refugees.

I was assigned the task of finding errors in the budget and checking that formulas were consistent and accurate. Miriam notes that, "In this field, skills courses are particularly key, and so I've already started to make sure that I have a healthy balance of those types of courses each quarter."