A Special Internship Experience

When I started my internship in February with the introduction week, nobody could have imagined how it would develop. I was excited and curious to gain my first work experience. The first days were full of new information and impressions. I got to know my fellow interns, my colleagues, my workplace and my tasks for…

How does it feel, outside of your comfort zone?

Exciting? Scary (ranging from 0 till ∞)? Mixed feelings?  For many students, like myself, their first official internship feels as if you’re getting a taste of what the adult life is really like. The stereotypical view of the ‘adult life’ that is often held by youngsters would be waking up early, working from 9 till…

Stranger in a Strange Land

Much like the 1961 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land, working as a quantitative data analyst for the Global Management and Information Strategy Team (OneMIS) – having spent the bulk of my academic and professional career as a qualitative researcher – sometimes feels analogous to the experience of the novel’s…

The Power of Journalism and Activism in Combating Financial Misconducts

My internship is with the Money-Trail project: a project which supports and organizes trainings for journalists and civil society organizations (CSOs) to combat illicit financial flows (IFFs). IFFs are flows of money, hence Money-Trail, which move from country to country to avoid and evade taxation, and thus increase the wealth of the individual who possesses…

The Power of Power BI

Transforming Data to Enhance Information Flow at a Confederation Level As an Information & Reporting Intern, I work as part of the Oxfam International’s Global Programs Management and Information Strategy team (OneMIS). OneMIS is responsible for reporting Oxfam’s internal progress and collects key planning and budgeting information as well as assessing risks for all countries Oxfam affiliates…

Internship at Oxfam Novib: the Many Firsts

Though it has only been a month, my internship at Oxfam Novib has given me more than I expected. So many lessons have been learned, so many friends have been made, so many cups of coffee have been consumed to keep me awake and so many firsts have been experienced.  First real job. For the…