The good Dr. Lisse writes:
> Now who could that be? :-)-O
Well, I wasn't going to name names, but... ;*)
> But then it also depends who will be chosen or rather whether these
> guys will in fact multiply their knowledge...
Hard to determine in advance what they'll do once they've completed
the internship. But I've been pleased with our intern of last year,
a young man from Mauritius, who is now on a contract to SANGONeT.
That's precisely the kind of thing we'd like to happen, but of course
people are free to go where they choose when they leave Washington.
The idea behind an internship outside of Africa is partly skills
building but more contacts building -- helping the intern get a feel
for how international donors work, meeting folks at the Bank, local
NGOs, etc. And we offer the opportunity to complete a defined
project to which we encourage the intern to attach his/her name for
use in a portfolio presented to future employers.
So really we look for someone who has the skills but needs an
opportunity. We do need these projects completed, but it would be
much easier for me simply to contract for them with a firm here in
Washington -- we've got thousands of them. An internship is a bit of
bother if all we were interested in was getting the project
completed, but it's worthwhile as an end unto itself, even if the
intern doesn't succeed at the project.
Again, it would be nice if other donors found ways to integrate such
opportunities into their programs.
Jeff @ Washington DC USA
NB: :-)-O Have you had a tracheotomy?
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