I decided to apply for CIDA's internship program as I was looking to start a career in international development. The program seemed like a great opportunity to gain field experience and contacts which could help me launch my career. MEDA specifically appealed to me as I loved the organization's business approach which I believe is a very sustainable and practical approach to development. I also wanted to gain more experience in microfinance which was the area of focus for my internship with MEDA.
I had worked abroad prior to my internship with MEDA but this experience really offered me the opportunity to gain a ton of professional experience and skills. I learned so much from my fellow MEDA staff and partner organization staff in Nicaragua which really complemented my academic knowledge of development issues.
I think my post-grad in International Development and Project Management was extremely helpful in preparing me for this position. This degree in particular gave me a lot of background in areas such as monitoring and evaluation and donor reporting which I used in my position.
I was recently hired at MEDA as a Project Coordinator. I believe that my internship experience and the skills I developed in project management, communications, M&E and other areas will help me to succeed in this position.
I think the highlight of my internship experience really was the people I met and worked with. I built close relationships with a number of MEDA and local staff members and learned so much from them. I also had the opportunity to take the lead in a number of projects and am extremely proud of the work I did. I would highly recommend the program to anyone looking to pursue a career in development.