First one was the monthly steering committee meeting at PIOJ – I learnt how a multiagency meeting with a lengthy agenda can be conducted effectively. At the same, I got the first hand update on the progress of various components of the project. Second one was the meeting of all PIOJ interns with the Director General of PIOJ – I was not surprised to know that there are eight summer interns in PIOJ, considering the size of the institute. However, when each of the interns introduced himself/herself, I was amazed to know that PIOJ attracts students from such diverse backgrounds. Also, I found Director General’s opinions, very inspiring and motivating. Another worth-mentioning event is the ‘Intern Session at UNEP’. It was a nice experience to meet other UNEP interns as well as the UNEP officials. I gave a short presentation on my internship experience so far and so did the other interns. Afterwards, we all had lunch together and I got a chance to see the beautiful building complex by the sea side. I also assisted UNEP staff in preparing for an international meeting by packaging the material. I felt much more confident about my internship experience after the UNEP intern session. And this is still not the end of the exciting aspects of this internship…..just few days back, I went for a site visit with my supervisor. We went for inspection of Permanent Sample Plots (PSPs) which were established as a part of the EU Climate Change Project. The plots were at 6000 feet height above sea level and I was completely thrilled by the experience. Being a nature lover, I am glad that I got a chance to have such an experience!
Lessons that I learnt so far: To make use of every opportunity to exchange ideas with others.
Challenges that I faced so far: To not let the delay in site visits, hurt my self-motivation.