Clara Setiawan

Cash transfer programme intern, disaster and crisis management department

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

I’ve always admired IFRC’s mission in responding to disasters and crisis around the world. As a unique and established humanitarian organization, I felt that there is a lot to be learned and great opportunities that can be offered from IFRC.

What do you like about your internship experience?

Getting to work with incredible colleagues is a great benefit. The connections you make within the IFRC and beyond is priceless. In addition, getting to see the procedures, successes, challenges, and inner-workings of the organization has been valuable. There is a lot to learn even through observation alone.

What are your main responsibilities?

My main responsibility is to provide support in all things related to cash transfer programming, such as managing a large database of statistics, generating and delivering presentations, and some administrative tasks. I provide general support to the disaster and crisis management department as well.

What have you learned from your internship?

The IFRC offers a lot of opportunities that are not always given. Like any opportunity, it is dependent on you to make the best out of it which requires being proactive and being engaged. It helps to take initiatives that are mutually beneficial for your colleague and yourself. The potential to increase your experience and capacity is there, but it is up to you to take it.

What has been your biggest achievement?

I feel that my biggest achievement is yet to come as it has taken time to establish myself and increase my responsibilities within the department. But to date, I’m pleased to work with professionals, manage a large cash transfer programme database for the IFRC, and restructure the department FedNet site.

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

Although my internship is not over, I think my experience at the IFRC will make me a better candidate. Firstly, this internship provides experience that is important if you want to continue working with the Movement. Also, the opportunities to shape the experience you want are available in the IFRC. Being honest with your supervisor about the skills and experience you want to get out of the internship is useful to improve your CV the way you want it.

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

Being one of the few organizations that offer paid internships in Geneva makes it highly competitive, but worthwhile. The more rigorous hiring process reflects the higher quality of internship. Taking an internship with the IFRC requires some sacrifice as the price of living in Geneva is quite high, so make sure that you apply for positions in the department of your interest and make the internship the most beneficial for you.


Clara Setiawan

Cash transfer programme intern, disaster and crisis management department.

Academic background: BSc Psychology, MPH International Health.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 190 member National Societies . As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. About this site & copyright