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Olivia Everett – Research & Development Intern

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Olivia Everett

“I believe this internship can give me the best grounding and support to begin my career as a researcher, in order to help transform the lives of those most in need through an approach to humanitarian intervention.

MISSION: ASSISTING THE RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT BY BUILDING ON AN EXISTING PROJECT
DURATION: 3 MONTHS

As I studied for my BA in International Relations and Politics in Oxford Brookes University, I was introduced to the history of political thought and political theory by Professor Gary Browning. Through Browning’s modules and guidance, I discovered that I held a keen interest in justice within political theory, and found myself preoccupied with questions relating to the theme of migration within political theory and the ethics of movement. This motivated me to apply to study a MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration at the University of Oxford, where I focused my research to three broad areas; the human rights implications of climate change, displacement and structures innovation as a tool to assist in protection. 

As I gained experience as a research assistant between my studies, I became certain that this was a career I wanted to pursue. I knew I wanted to be part of the movement pushing for a shift on how we think about human mobility and climate change, and to add something of value to this discourse. I believe original research to generate new thinking is the best way to produce change. However, whilst I held the right qualifications, I was lacking in experience of providing original research – outside the role of support – to an organisation focused on international development and humanitarian assistance. With no published research and a lack of experience in project management,  I knew I had to find an organisation that would not only help my skills in these areas, but also be within the humanitarian sector. I therefore applied for an internship at HAD to gain these much needed requirements to work in research and project development.

I am excited to be at HAD, and to have the privilege to be the focal point for all climate-change-related projects. I hope to one day provide a valuable contribution within the field of international development and protection. However, I need professional guidance and an excellent foundation to begin my career. I believe this internship can give me the best grounding and support to begin my career as a researcher, in order to help transform the lives of those most in need, through rigorous examination of the current approach to humanitarian intervention.

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