For many years, if i could… has been bringing international students and graduates to intern in Cape Town and New Delhi. We love seeing our interns thrive at their host organisations, and we are proud of the difference they make in the development sector. This week, we caught up with one of our interns, Lauren, who has just returned to the UK upon completing a youth development internship at a youth centre in Cape Town.
Youth development internship
Lauren Greehy is a Geography student at the University of Manchester. She is passionate about pursuing a career in international development and academic research. During her internship in Cape Town, she conducted some of her research for her Honours Thesis at the youth centre.
The emphasis was on gender. As a result, she was thankful to have been able to network with different people in Cape Town and gain new ideas and perspectives for her studies.
“This internship in Cape Town not only allowed me the opportunity to begin my research while being abroad,” said Lauren, “but also exposed me to a very different and diverse environment. I would not have been able to have the same experience back home!”
The youth centre where Lauren did her internship provides underprivileged and at-risk youth with programmes such as tutoring and homework assistance; basic nursing facilities; training sessions on hygiene, health and HIV/AIDS; as well as sports and life skills training. Lauren was able to assist in most of these programmes and she was able to gain invaluable skills. This reinforced her interest and passion for gender and health issues.
To find out how you can make a difference in the development sector like Lauren, contact the if i could… team to arrange a Skype call, or apply online. Our applications are accepted year-round on a rolling basis.