This summer, four graduate students from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia will be interning with the Pathways program in Bangladesh, Ghana, and Malawi. You’ll be hearing from the interns throughout the summer with firsthand accounts of their experiences and their participation in the program.
Hi! My name is Helena. I am from the South Downs area of England. I come from a family of five, with two younger brothers, one who is currently studying at Newcastle University and the other, backpacking and soul-searching in Latin America.
I received my BSc(Hons) in Sustainable Development from the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 2014, where I focused my studies on climate change and environmental management. My interest in pursuing a career in the international development field has brought me to Atlanta, GA, to Emory University’s Master’s in Development Practice, which I am now within weeks of completing. I have been working with CARE as the Learning and Knowledge Management Intern since October 2015, which has involved maintaining the institutional knowledge of the Food and Nutrition Security team through writing project briefs and updating the Village site, and I will be joining the Bangladesh office as a Pathways intern this summer.
As part of my master’s I spent the summer of 2015 working on a CCAFS research project in Kenya for the International Livestock Research Institute. The research involved conducting interviews and focus groups with farmers in rural western Kenya to better understand the role of gender and wealth in the dairy sector. This experience grew my interest in the interaction between gender and smallholder farmers and I am looking forward to doing further work in this area with Pathways Bangladesh. Never having travelled to Asia before, I’m excited to visit Bangladesh and learn about the culture. Having work with CARE in Atlanta, I’m also looking forward visiting a country office and being part of their work overseas.
I am currently exploring some possibilities for life post-graduation, both in the US and Europe. I would love to work for an international development NGO on food security concerns. I have a particular fondness for East Africa and could also see myself working there at some point, but this summer I will be broadening my horizons and who knows, perhaps I will fall in love with Bangladesh too!