This week, we caught up with Anne Song, one of our MAIS 17´ students to learn about her internship experience.
Where did you complete your MA in International Studies internship?
I interned at UN Women in Ankara, Turkey from August-December 2017.
How did the MAIS program prepare you for your internship?
MAIS taught me the research and writing skills needed to support the executive and research teams at UN Women. As I look back, each class, each paper I wrote, and all the presentations I did in MAIS prepared me for this internship. Just as important, the support I received from MAIS throughout my experience from start to finish was invaluable. With the help of MAIS staff and my advisor (Prof. Lindsay Gifford), I was able to make the most of my time at UN Women and my brief life in Turkey.
What were some of the highlights of interning at this organization?
Definitely the people. I’ve met some of the most inspiring women and men in this organization. I learned here that Turkey is hosting the largest amount of Syrian refugees, and part of the UN Women program was to support the civil society organizations working to support Syrian refugee women and children. I was able to meet several Syrian women working to make Turkey their new home, and I was able to see first hand the effects of war and displacement. It showed me the importance of our type of education and work and inspired me to work even harder.
What did you gain from your experience?
Working for an organization like the United Nations can feel intimidating, but I realized when you’re learning something new it’s important to be kind to yourself. Also, an unpaid internship for this length of time is quite a sacrifice, especially when you’re relocating to another country. But I realized anything worth doing is going to cost you something. I honestly never thought UN Women would give me this opportunity. So just go for it!