Kiona Bolt

Why did you choose to complete an internship at the IFRC?

I chose to complete an internship at the IFRC for two reasons. I needed to do an internship to complete my Masters, in Humanitarian Action. Secondly, the internship job description sounded intriguing and challenging, something I really did want to learn more about.

What do you like about your internship experience?

I like the fact that I feel that I am valued for the work that I do. The organizational structure here at the Geneva office allows for interaction at all levels, which is another great plus.

What are your main responsibilities?

My main responsibilities include drafting texts and papers for the leadership review we are currently working on, maintaining correspondence with prospective interviewers, and conducting research on leadership.

What have you learned from your internship?

I learnt a lot already, especially about the Movement, the organizational structure, and what the department I work in is particularly keen on achieving.

What challenges have you met?

Adjusting to a new office environment is always a large challenge. In addition, speaking French is pretty hard after four months of no practice. But for the rest, I have not been here long enough to really comment on this, as this is my third week into the internship.

Do you think that you are better prepared for the job market?

Yes, I am pretty confident I am better prepared for the job market.

What tips do you have for students and recent graduates who are looking into the possibility of completing an internship at the IFRC?

Prepare for the Geneva money shock . Something as ordinary as grocery shopping has never been a more painful experience for your purse. Besides that, I would strongly recommend the IFRC as a possibility for doing an internship, as I feel like my work and contribution to this organisation overall is much better valued then my past experience. The fact that there is also a financial compensation that makes it bearable to live in Geneva is another added value that the IFRC deserves to be noted for.

 



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Kiona Bolt

Intern, organizational development department

Academic background: Bachelors in International Relations, Masters in Humanitarian Action (on going)