Initially, I thought it would have been an internship where the unpaid intern’s opinion would not matter- he or she should just do what he or she is told- but my opinions and suggestions are valued here and I really feel like I am a part of the team. My fellow interns and I have been included in a video production workshop, procurement workshop and brainstorming meetings for new public service announcements for the organization.
In addition to desk work, I was able to participate in two outreach events. I attended the Waste to Fuel for energy diversification project launch at the UWI Mona Campus with Communication Officer, Pietra Brown. It was an interesting experience dealing with booth visitors who ranged from inner city youth to university graduates and teachers.
|Sitting at the UNEP CEP booth||
UNEP CEP Communications Officer, Pietra Brown and I at the booth speaking to patrons
I also attended the Yallahs Agri-Expo with fellow intern, Kate Busse, along with members of the FAO, where we promoted the integrated UN initiative to provide water to areas across the island (the project should be rolled out by year end).
|Telling booth visitors about rain water
|UNEP Intern, Kate Busse; FAO Communication
Consultant,Shanoy Coombs and I
It was great to work with my co-workers outside of the office as well as other UN staff members. I have also been assisting with Twitter and Facebook updates, bulletins and testing games for the website’s children’s page.
Getting information from various ministries (to inform bulletins and social media posts) has been a challenge this month. However after several weeks I received the relevant information in an email. I guess better late than never.
I am learning how to deal with the bureaucratic process as it relates to the approval of outreach material like bulletins.