My experience as part of the FSD Jinja Virtual Internship Program has been really positive. I’ve learned so much about sustainable development and especially how to work internationally in a virtual environment. One of the best parts of the experience was connecting with and working with my team and Samuel throughout the course of the internship. My team was really hard-working and motivated, and Samuel was an amazing resource and always so excited to help us and answer any questions we had. I also really enjoyed our cultural workshops and connecting with Dan and Margaret, as they structured the program so that we were able to learn a great deal about Ugandan culture while still having time to make a significant impact within our communities. In terms of my personal and professional development, I was able to gain a better understanding about the steps to take for sustainable development, such as community assessment and monitoring and evaluation. I also learned more about the challenges of sustainable development, especially when completing a sustainable development project virtually. I specifically found the project with SME very impactful because it taught me the similarities and differences of the microfinance needs of women in Uganda from people here in the United States, which is knowledge that will be very useful as I continue in my career.
Name: Juliette Kelley