My internship with Humanitarian Affairs Asia gave me the opportunity to develop an exceptional set of professional, communicative and leadership skills.
More importantly, it opened my eyes to realities that I was previously unaware of, moulding the way that I viewed the world. The internship also allowed me to develop areas of myself, that have since proven translatable in a variety of fields and disciplines.
Humanitarian Affairs is headed by a leader who is just as committed to the team as he is to the individuals within it.
Mr Kim Solomon is one of the most inspiring leaders I have ever worked with. His ability to bring the best out of interns is clear in the flawless organisation of the annual University Scholars Leadership Symposium.
Early on, Mr Kim explained to us — a group of four interns from the United States – that we were going to be “stretched like rubber bands”.
We did not know what he meant at that time. But after months of hard work and a successful symposium in Hanoi, Vietnam, we were all convinced that we were “stretched” a great deal in a short period of time.
The symposium, which was the culmination of my time at Humanitarian Affairs, had a sort of electricity to it that I had never experienced before.
Joining the organisation as an intern was one of my most impactful decisions. The people, the work, the country: I have fond memories of it all. It was an experience I will never forget.
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