After graduating from my International Development Master’s program at the University of Amsterdam, I moved back to Washington DC in search for a new job. When I saw GBSN’s posting for a Programs Intern, I immediately applied for the position. I believe that GBSN’s work to improve business education and management talent in the developing world is of utmost importance to a country’s development, and I was excited at the prospect of being a part of that mission. Ultimately, I wanted to work at an organization that works at international level towards a goal that will have a major impact, and GBSN does just that.
I was hired as the Programs Intern during Spring of 2014, but was so eager to start working at GBSN, that I started my internship two months early. From the beginning, the staff received me with welcoming arms and was able to start helping the team with various tasks right away. Not only was I fortunate enough to work with great people and talented professionals, but it was wonderful and rewarding to know that they valued my opinions as well. The GBSN staff is not just interested in hiring interns for their own sake, but they are genuinely concerned with our own goals and interests as well. The GBSN staff continuously asked me what I was looking to learn and what career path I wanted, to ensure I was receiving the relevant experience needed to work towards my career goals. And they did! Even Guy, GBSN’s amazing Founder and CEO, took the time to take me out to lunch during my first week with the sole purpose of getting to know me. This was a refreshing change to the dynamics of most organizations, where the CEOs barely know their own employees. It was amazing to be able to interact with everyone on the team on a daily basis, and to never feel intimidated to do so. It was our own little GBSN family.
After a few months working as a part-time intern, I was hired as a full-time International Programs Fellow. This was exactly what I wanted, and it provided me with an abundance of experience that will greatly benefit me as I continue with my journey in this field. I was able to assist with tasks such as writing proposals for agencies such as USAID, to finding new funding opportunities and researching various topics. As a Fellow at GBSN, I was able to gain real world experience that built on my graduate education and better prepared myself for a career in international development.
I could not have asked for a better experience and am enormously thankful to the GBSN staff and everything they have done for me. I’ve enjoyed working with everyone and will miss the team very much! Although it is sad that my fellowship has come to an end, I look forward to the new experiences that life will bring me next and I sincerely hope that our paths will cross again soon. Find pictures of my time with GBSN below: