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Meet Our Interns

Grace Avila Casanova ( December 2017 - February 2018) 

Grace is a Master’s student in Emerging economies and International development at King’s College London. Her areas of interest include: extractive industries, poor quality public investment and labour market integration of young people. “LIDC provides a unique opportunity for professional growth in the field as well as the chance of being part of the outstanding contribution it makes in addressing global development challenges via its interdisciplinary methods. My overall experience has been both rewarding and enriching and I genuinely believe flexible yet meaningfully structured programmes such as this one should be echoed by other development oriented institutions”. See Grace's Linkedin here.

Cameron Pickett (November- December 2017)

Cameron is a Master’s student in Development Economics at SOAS: “LIDC is a truly special place. Beyond the wonderful, kind hearted staff, LIDC’s in-depth interdisciplinary work should be emulated by all development oriented organizations. The internship has given me the chance to do research on development topics I had not seriously engaged with in the past and has bolstered my communication skills. The internship is ideal for Master’s students who are passionate about a future career in development work. I have cherished my time as LIDC’s communications intern and would recommend the opportunity to anyone interested in the field. The internship has introduced me to areas of development I was previously unaware of. I now hope to embrace areas of development like M&E in my future endeavours as a development economist.” See Cameron’s Linkedin here.

Nedale Jaafari (September- November 2017)    

Nedale is a Master’s student in International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS: "I highly recommend the LIDC internship to anyone willing to get exposure to interdisciplinary international development projects. I have received a lot of support from the amazing LIDC team, encouraging me to reflect and expend my area of interests. It has been such a valuable experience to acquire communication skills, but also to get great insights from professionals and academics. In a nutshell, it is a prefect internship to gain practical skills, such as public engagement, event organisation, and research experience, in a dynamic and inspiring environment. I am really going to miss it!" See Nedale's LinkedIn here.

Nasra Hassan (August- September 2017)    

Nasra is a Master's student of Education, Gender and International Development at UCL’s Institute of Education: “The internship excels at introducing students to the world of communications in international development, in addition to providing a number of opportunities for professional development. It allowed me to explore my key interests by writing a blog post on engaging men and masculinities in gender development work”. 

Hannah Fitzgerald (July 2017)     

Hannah is an MSc student of Development Studies at SOAS: "During my time at LIDC I’ve been lucky enough to work on a range of different tasks including helping to map our members’ research interests, writing an article for the website, and researching themes and speakers for events. As someone with a social sciences background, it has been really interesting to look at different aspects of international development from an interdisciplinary perspective. The internship was a very manageable commitment, and I was able to fit my dissertation research and writing in around it. It can be hard to find part time internships opportunities in international development which can be pursued while continuing with studies, so the LIDC internship is quite unique in that respect!" See Hannah’s LinkedIn here.

Rosa Sulley (June 2017)      

Rosa is a Master's student at UCL's Development Planning Unit: "I have loved my time as an intern at LIDC! For someone like me, who went straight to Masters after my Undergraduate degree, it has been a fantastic opportunity to gain some relevant skills and experience in international development. I was able to tailor my internship around the topics I am interested in, such as writing my blog post on gender and water, but I also learnt about some really interesting parts of international development I had never come across! As the internship is part time, I was able to fit it around my dissertation, so I would definitely recommend it to any student looking for experience. Everyone in the office is lovely and I’m really going to miss it when I leave!" See Rosa's LinkedIn here.

Khadija Badri (May 2017)              

Khadija is a Master’s student of Migration, Mobility and Development at SOAS: “These internships are made for students, and I would recommend applying to anyone who wants to expand their skills whilst studying. Everyone in the office is so friendly, you feel welcome right away and the month ended up going too quickly! Having the opportunity to write a blog post on an area of my interest allowed me to strengthen my non-academic writing skills and focus on a topic I was invested in, whilst researching content for the Development Matters podcast means that I’ve learnt a lot about development issues I didn’t know very much about before starting the internship." See Khadija’s LinkedIn here.                                                                            

Fareeha Ali Yahya (April 2017)

Fareeha is a Master's student of Education and International Development at UCL's Institute of Education: "This internship provided me with an engaging experience, incorporating research work with event management and social media campaigning. I was given the opportunity to write my first ever publication, for the LIDC blog, on conflict and education, an area of immense personal interest to me. Most importantly, the LIDC team are some of the nicest people I have come across, an aspect which truly made my time there worthwhile." See Fareeha's Linkedin here.

David Thomson (March 2017) 

David is a recent Master’s Graduate in the Anthropology of Food [SOAS] with a keen interest in global food, nutrition and health policy: “I strongly recommend this internship as a way into the fascinating field of research communications, and as a means to develop invaluable project management skills. These skills are vital for anybody looking for a career in the field of International Development. I believe the interdisciplinary methods championed at the LIDC are setting the agenda for the next 50 years of global food policy research and the internship has provided me with a solid stepping out of university towards the world of professional work.” See David's Linkedin here.

Claire Elverum (February 2017)

Claire is a Masters student of Development Studies at SOAS: "I have absolutely loved the communications internship at LIDC! Everything about it has been so enjoyable, and I don't want this month to end. It is the perfect internship to do alongside graduate studies because it is made for students. My favourite part about the internship was learning about other areas of development that I was less familiar with. This internship also allowed me to explore my specific area of interest in development with the blog post. Definitely my best month here in London by far!" See Claire's LinkedIn here.

Lynsey Robinson (January 2017)

Lynsey is currently finishing her Masters in Education, Gender and International Development at UCL's Institute of Education: “The internship at LIDC has been great, and the team are really warm and welcoming. I got some great insight into the work of LIDC and the importance of interdisciplinary research. I was able to do some of my own research for an event on Public Private Partnerships, an area of research that I am interested in. It was also great to help with the comms and let people know about the great events organised by LIDC. My month went by so quickly, and I’d definitely do it again!” See here Linkedin here.

Leah Kenny (December 2016)

Leah is a recent graduate of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where she studied an MSc in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research. “My experience as a communications intern at the LIDC has been an extremely positive one. The team is small and friendly and I have received a lot of support from staff in terms of the work I carried out at the centre and my job hunting. I was keen to do the internship because I am passionate about international development, and I am hoping to go into research in global health issues to do with maternal and sexual health. The internship has provided me with an important insight into the world of development and these communication skills will be invaluable to my future career. I have been able to focus on issues that I feel passionate about and I have met some great people. I feel fortunate to have had this experience and I would recommend this internship to anyone looking to go into international development.” See her Linkedin here.

Sharon Farley (November 2016)

Sharon is an MA graduate of UCL's Institute of Education where she studied Education and International Development. She has a background in teaching and a strong interest in Latin American development issues, particularly Mexico. “Working at the LIDC has been a great experience and has given me a good insight into the work they do. Interdisciplinary work is massively important as development is such a complex task, where multiple issues overlap and interweave. It’s now clear to me how important the LIDC’s work is, not only in terms of bringing development information to the student body and beyond, but also for forming links between academics and institutions. It was great to be a part of this, if only for a short time, and to be so warmly welcomed by all the staff there.”

Anais Wardak (October 2016)

Anais is an MSc student of Violence, Conflict and Development at SOAS. She has experience working in several countries and a particular interest in development studies in Afghanistan. She is also greatly interested in journalism and documentary- making in developing countries. Anais was keen to do an internship with LIDC because she wanted to learn about the development field more in depth and acquire valuable skills for her future career. “My internship was very stimulating and the environment I was in at LIDC and the staff were very supportive of my career goals. I was able to work on a broad range of projects and cross-sector development research, which I truly enjoyed.” See her LinkedIn here.

Heba Amer (September 2016)

Heba is a Masters student of Development Studies at SOAS. "Doing an internship at LIDC gave me exposure to the vast field of activities in international development. Interns are encouraged and provided with opportunities to pursue and engage in activities that reflect their interest, in my case, it was migration and refugees. The work environment at LIDC is pleasant and the team are supportive, engaging and friendly, making the internship experience all the more enjoyable and beneficial." See Heba's LinkedIn here.

Kshiti Gala (August 2016)

Kshiti is an MSc Development Economics student at SOAS. “Doing an internship at LIDC has been an enriching experience. I was exposed to LIDC’s work and I learnt about various initiatives that LIDC undertakes in the vast field of international development. During my internship, I was encouraged to take the initiative and pursue my interests in issues related to agriculture, food and nutrition in developing countries. I enjoyed the work culture and found my colleagues to be very helpful, motivating, supportive amd open to new ideas; making the internship a meaningful learning experience.” See Kshiti’s LinkedIn here.

Johannes Makar (July 2016)

Johannes is a Master’s student of Middle East politics at SOAS. "The internship at LIDC offered me an excellent chance to further my understanding of international development. Interns are actively encouraged to think beyond labels and get involved in diverse projects and activities. Besides producing media briefings and helping organise social activities, I was encouraged to pursue my interests in research and conducted a small study for my blog post. Drawing scholars from the different Bloomsbury Colleges, LIDC is a hub of knowledge and critical research. Doing an internship at the Centre will certainly inspire.” See Johannes' LinkedIn here.

Sechi Kailasa (June 2016)

"The main reason that I wanted to do the LIDC internship was to gain an insight into the field of international development and issues that are fundamental for development. My undergraduate degree was in Philosophy and Economics at the LSE after which I completed the Teach First leadership development program, currently I'm undertaking my postgraduate studies in Economics at SOAS, I hope that the internship alongside my previous experience will provide a strong foundation for a career in international development!"

Rooham Jamali (May 2016)

Rooham did a placement at LIDC in May 2016 whilst completing her MA in Critical Media & Cultural Studies at SOAS. She previously did her BA in Design from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture where she majored in textile design. She has experience of working in the textile and fashion industry in Pakistan where she worked as a designer and social media manager. Rooham worked at LIDC as the media and communication intern and will now be working at the Centre for Analysis of Social Media (CASM) at Demos. Her interest lies in social media and digital marketing and she plans on pursuing a career related to that while she continues working on freelance design projects. See her LinkedIn here.

To find out more about the LIDC work placement programme click here.