Meet our two new interns: Srujana Penumetcha & Colin Huerter

We our happy to welcome our two newest interns, Srujana Penumetcha and Colin Huerter. Both will be joining us as international program interns, and both are about to begin the second year of their Master of Public Policy degrees at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. We will put their bios on the GKI website soon, but in the meantime we thought we would ask them a few questions about themselves as a means of introducing them. They are both smart, well-read, and are appropriately enthusiastic about coffee. Srujana Penumetcha: 1. What motivated you to get involved in international development? “I first became interested in international development through my work with Amnesty International as an undergraduate. Having learned about various human rights issues and development challenges, I found myself searching for ways to make a more direct impact. My interest in international relations and eagerness to learn more about economic development and poverty alleviation led me to focus my senior independent study on conditional cash transfer programs in India. This helped pave the way for my involvement in international development.” 2. What has been your favorite graduate school class thus far (in your first year), and why? “My favorite class in graduate school so far has been Development and Foreign Assistance, which was taught by Professor Steven Radelet. It was a comprehensive study of the role of foreign assistance in economic development and provided a foundation to think critically about the complex and inherent problems of the aid industry. The class was highly engaging and gave me an opportunity to learn more about the current debates on foreign assistance and aid reforms.” 3. What is the best development/policy related book or article that you have read recently, and what did you like about it? “One of the best development policy related books I recently read is The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier. It offers important insights and analysis of the underlying causes of poverty and focuses on the often overlooked group of small […]

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GKI Announces Two New Internship Opportunities

The Global Knowledge Initiative seeks to fill two internship positions starting on May 20, 2013. These unpaid internships are open to current graduate students in the Washington, DC area, and are for a minimum of 6 months (through the end of November). See below for brief descriptions of the internships, and links to the full internship descriptions. Direct any questions to Program Officer Andrew Gerard at: andrew.gerard@gkinitiative.org. International Program Intern: This position works with GKI’s LINK (Learning and Innovation Network for Knowledge in Solutions) either in East Africa (Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania) or Southeast Asia (Malaysia – we are also looking to start projects in Cambodia and Indonesia). The intern will support GKI through research, writing, and performance of communication and outreach tasks germane to collaborative innovation. In particular, the intern will undertake primary and secondary research on the economic, scientific and technological, and institutional contexts of target geographies. The intern will gain experience in international development project management and support, while being exposed to an extensive network of international experts in foreign policy, development, and a wide array of scientific and technical fields. Interns will be eligible for paid travel to an international pilot project (this is not guaranteed, but has been available to some interns in the past). The ideal candidate should have a broad interest in international development and leveraging international networks to solve development challenges. Specific interest or experience in GKI’s target geographies is a plus, as is experience working in the field of international development. The intern must display excellent English written and oral skills, with demonstrated interpersonal and organizational abilities. A candidate for this position must be able to work in a varied, fast-paced environment, both in a team and independently. This internship is unique in its scope and in the potential for international travel and professional growth — as such, it requires a level of dedication, creativity, and leadership beyond what is expected in many internships. Click link to download PDF of internship description: […]

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