Dunja Kovac

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

I knew since school that I wanted to work for an international organization which would allow me to help vulnerable people all over the world. I have always wanted to experience firsthand how humanitarian diplomacy create on a global level is implemented to help people on a local level. I have also grown up with the Movement and have been a volunteer since an early age.


What did/do you like about your internship experience?

There are two things that I enjoy most about my internship. Firstly, the projects that I am working on are very dynamic and every day is different. Secondly, the team which I am a member of are some of the most dedicated, motivated and professional individuals whom I have ever met. This is true for the organization as a whole.

What were your main responsibilities?

Currently I am working on two separate projects and have varying responsibilities for each. For one of the projects, I am responsible for collecting data and presenting it in a report. For the second project, I am responsible for testing a new programme and briefing colleagues here in Geneva and the field about how to use the new system.

What did you learn from your internship?

The main thing that I learned from my internship is that if you put in extra effort, the learning opportunities are endless. I was given considerable responsibility at the early stages of my internship. By not shying away from them, I was able to meet new many new people and learn not only about the activities of my department but the organization as a whole.

What challenges did you meet?

My main challenge was balancing and prioritizing between the different responsibilities and tasks for the two projects I am working on. Most of the time I can identify the main tasks however when I struggled my supervisor was always there to support me and guide me through stressful times. This type of dynamic work requires performing under pressure.

What was your biggest achievement?

My biggest achievement was designing a structure for a social report and identifying various measurement indicators which has never been done before in the organization. In addition, I successfully organized and carried out briefings with ten individuals in the field.

Were you successful in linking theory to practice?

I was very successful in linking theory on social research to the social report project. Without some of the theory I studied at university, I would not have been able to successfully present the data for the report.

After having completed an internship at the IFRC, do you think that you are better prepared for the job market?

I do feel much better prepared because this internship has provided me with significant responsibility in the early stages and a professional learning environment.  


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

 I would advise them to apply for positions that they are really passionate about. Express your passion during your interview and this will be rewarded once you are in the organization. Also make sure that you learn as much as you can about the IFRC and the specificities of the organization. In addition, do not hesitate to ask questions because everyone is very friendly and always willing to help.


Dunja Kovac

Human Resources intern.

Academic background:
Bachelor of Arts in Social Policy (University of Kent)

Master of Science in International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management (London School of Economics and Political Science)

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