TESTIMONIALS FROM OUR INTERNS
“I went to Thailand for an internship as part of my masters in Post War Recovery Studies. Going to Mae Sot and supporting the work of Kickstart Art was a lifetime experience. It allowed me to have experiences that I would not have in other places. I particularly valued the opportunity to take part in the refugee art teaching project taking photos, videos and notes and feeling as another member of the organization. I also learnt a lot from Equal & Opposite (which partners with NGOs like Kick Start Art to help them develop) about report writing, project management, fundraising and how to interact directly with donors. The experience also presented a unique opportunity to work directly with migrant children and communities from Myanmar/Burma, conduct interviews with them but also with a good number of grassroots NGO's and international organizations. For me, the experience was unique in terms of learning, and thanks to the members of Kickstart art and E&O it was also fun. I really felt supported and welcomed by them.”
"While I was doing my master's double degree in International Management and Business Analytics, I wanted to do a Summer Internship, but the Covid-19 pandemic came and shifted my original idea to do a virtual internship instead. I wanted to learn more about NGOs and how they operate, and I was lucky to be placed with Equal & Opposite (E&O). My role as a “New Partnerships Intern” consisted of matching NGOs to potential donors or partners to help them get funds. I have researched NGOs and Donors from Thailand as an initial step, but the main goal was to do the same for Timor-Leste and include it in a country report. As a Portuguese, I have always heard about Timor-Leste and this was a great opportunity to learn more about the country, its culture and its people. I have also had the opportunity to interview wonderful people that shared their experiences with me and I also created general guidelines for future matching and on how to go about doing a country report for other countries. Furthermore, I created a more automatic way to match NGOs and donors based on the areas they operate in, and by using my digital and analytical skills I created an Access database with all the information gathered, which is more user-friendly than Excel. This was a unique experience, that allowed me to get to know different cultures even though I haven’t left my country. My initial goal of understanding how NGOs operate and what are some of the challenges they face was certainly achieved. I feel that I have learned a lot, but at the same time, it was a really fun experience. I really enjoyed the work I was doing, and I felt that I was being useful and listened to, which sometimes doesn’t happen in internships. E&O is a great company to work for, and I would definitely recommend it."