Alexandre El-Habr, a Politics and IR student, undertook an internship at EIMAI, an NGO, as part of the Internship module. Alexandre reflects upon his experience both a EIMAI and on the module.
“The PO675 Module is the best module a student can take in order to prepare him or herself for the work environment. Not only must you actively seek and get selected for an internship in order to take this module, but there are also various assessments within the module that assess the skills you learned, such as a 15 min presentation. I personally gained great public speaking skills, and more importantly learned how to pitch my experience in a way that highlights the skills I acquired, and why I am ready for the work environment; which is something that will be required of me in every job I apply for in the future. I strongly recommend students to take this module.
This summer, I interned at a Greek-American NGO called EIMAI. Its main focus is to promote ethical youth leadership, in order to make the political arena fairer, thus making the world a better place. It is important to note, that my expectations for this internship were completely met as I had previously worked with the organization and I relatively knew what I was going to do. During this internship, my research/critical skills, analytical skills, and public speaking skills improved through various tasks I was assigned. These tasks included researching theories on ethical leadership, Formulating a question for an article on the importance of peace education and ethical leadership development of youth as a solution to social, political and economical crisis in Greece which I co-authored. Lastly, another one of my tasks was pitching our goals to embassies in order to receive sponsorship for projects.
I believe that this opportunity given to me by EIMAI will greatly benefit me in the future, as it not only improved my analytical and research skills that were already acquired in university, but more importantly, helped me transition those skills into a work environment and act as a team player for the organization which increased my interpersonal skills.”