What did you learn during your UCLA Global Internship program?
I learned a lot about the intricacies of international fundraising during my internship, which included researching fiscal sponsorships, fundraising platforms, and best practices to expand an organization’s reach through social media.

What was your favorite part of the program?
My favorite part of the program was being exposed to another culture. Even though I was not there in person, my interactions with my supervisor exposed me to Colombian culture and how the workplace varies across countries. I am excited to one day visit Colombia and see the work of the organization in person!

How do you think this internship program will help your future career?

Gaining a better understanding of international fundraising will be so beneficial for me going forward because it is a relatively new opportunity for non-profits. I am eager to use the skills I have acquired through this internship in my future career to help further the projects and initiatives of other internationally-based non-profits through increasing their funding through new sources. Additionally, I learned so much more about food insecurity and its consequences, so I am now very passionate about the issue and look forward to continue working in the field.

How did interning abroad compare to other internships or jobs you’ve had? What made your internship unique or memorable?

Because my internship was based in Colombia, there was a small language barrier, as I am not fluent in Spanish. It definitely made it more challenging to understand my projects, but I was able to develop my Spanish speaking, writing and reading skills. I was also doing work that genuinely made an impact in the organization, which made me feel so much more proud of my work.

What advice would you give future students who want to participate in the Global Internship Program? 

This internship program is a great way to gain international work experience if that is something that interests you! It also provides you with a different and unique viewpoint on what international organizations value and need to be successful. Additionally, this experience definitely enhanced my understanding of non-profits and fighting for vulnerable communities. Overall, I have strengthened and gained skills that I will carry with my throughout the rest of my career.