Rebecca Fletcher – Research & Development Intern
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at HAD, I feel valued, supported and sufficiently challenged; given important work which will contribute to HAD and my own personal development. The tasks I have been given are well-suited to the internship, and have allowed me to express creativity and own research interests whilst learning about HAD and Islamic Relief.”
MISSION: ASSISTING THE RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IN BUILDING ON EXISTING PROJECTS
DURATION: 3 MONTHS
During my BA in Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick I developed an interest in gender and international development, particularly after taking courses in conflict, development and post-colonialism during my year abroad at Uppsala University in Sweden. After working on a research study on the gendered impacts of conflict on Palestinian youth in Nablus, I decided to pursue gender studies further. This led me to do an MSc in Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics, which I completed in the summer of 2018.
After graduating I quickly decided that I wanted to join the charity sector, to contribute to work on social justice and equality, in the UK and globally. To help me gain experience in the sector I became a Trustee for a youth charity in my local area, enrolled on a 10-month course on the charity sector, and also volunteered as an Education and Events Volunteer at Remembering Srebrenica in Birmingham. Seeing the internship vacancies at HAD, I eagerly applied, as I was excited by the quality of the placements, the potential for personal development, and the work Islamic Relief and HAD does in the development and humanitarian sector.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at HAD so far as a Research and Development Intern. I feel valued, supported and sufficiently challenged; given important work which will contribute to HAD and my own personal development. The tasks I have been given are well-suited to the first weeks of an internship, as they have allowed me to express creativity and my own research interests whilst learning about HAD and Islamic Relief.
As my internship develops over the coming weeks, I am excited to attend and participate in a workshop with HAD on ‘PVE, Development and Gender’ at the Conflict Research Society Annual Conference. I am also looking forward to working on research projects on gender and intersectionality, as well as reviewing the Academic Fellows programme.
I strongly believe that the internship will help me to start a career in this sector, as it will expose me to projects, work and debates within the humanitarian and development sectors, and the day-to-day operations of a humanitarian research academy. I expect to develop skills in writing copy tailored to the audience of an international charity; a new skill after spending five years tailoring my writing to academia. Also, I expect the internship to improve my confidence and public speaking, as my role as an R&D intern has allowed me to interact with staff and interns across HAD and IR.
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