Lillian Lu

Canada Intern 2017

My experience at Humanitarian Affairs was the biggest milestone of my life. I’m lucky to have had the opportunity to host professors and students from world-class universities, as well as ambassadors at the United Nations ESCAP in Bangkok.

I was immersed in cross-cultural subjects on a daily basis, and it changed the way I perceived the world. Not only did I get an understanding of Thai culture, but the work allowed me to delve into learning about my own cultural background. I was responsible for marketing the USLS program to China, Canada, and India. It was a fun experience talking to many people from different cultural backgrounds. I have learnt more about cultural diversity through these interactions and am grateful to Humanitarian Affairs for the opportunity. 

I still keep in touch with many people whom I met during this period, colleagues, delegates and locals. I even met some of them agai  and they became dear friends of mine. In this community of driven, curious, intelligent, and open-minded people, I felt I could connect. 

Living overseas in Thailand was surreal, and I don’t believe I would be where I am today if it weren’t for it. Following my Humanitarian Affairs stint, I was brave enough to work in Quebec and Uganda, and am studying in the United Kingdom now. 

My advice to future applicants is this: if you get the chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. It would be challenging, but you’ll come out of it stronger and more resilient. I still reminisce about my experience at Humanitarian Affairs and I’m certain that it’s worth it.


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