KatherineAfter graduating with a degree in Sociology from the University of Leeds I had moved to Hanoi in Vietnam where I was teaching English to young people. I enjoyed this immensely but in the back of my mind I had dreams of working within International Development and specifically an NGO.

This led me to search for opportunities and this is when I came across the Islamic Relief Internship program. I was open to coming back home to the UK and after reading the Islamic Relief Worldwide website I found that my interests and the work the organisation was doing were much aligned.

After sending my application off for Research and Development Intern I was telephoned by Ali the Internship Manager at HAD. We had an informal chat, discussing my experience and what the next possible stage would be.

I was then invited for a two stage interview at HAD in Birmingham where I met the Managing Director of HAD, Dr Hossam Said and also Dr Muhtari Aminu-Kano the Head of Research and Development.

This was a little more detailed as we spoke about my motivations for applying, my interests in relation to the job and what I could bring to the role. It was a very exhaustive experience but one I was glad to have gone through.

I was successful in being offered the role of Research and Development Intern and began my three month internship. I enjoyed my time at Islamic Relief immensely and have worked on some great projects. From conducting research for senior colleagues to organising a visit from Coventry University student – I have learnt a lot!

I’ve also been lucky enough to take part in training that will pay huge dividends for my future career. This includes training in Project Management, Conflict Sensitivity, and Disaster Management.

The experiences I’ve had at Islamic Relief will now enable me to forge a career within the NGO sector and make an impact where it matters.