One thing that motivated me to apply to the DRMCCA master’s degree is that it includes the possibility to do an internship as part of the curriculum. Personally, I know that I learn a lot from practical experiences and thus I was really interested in this.
I did my internship for 10 weeks at the Swedish Red Cross in Stockholm, within the international department. The internship was initially supposed to take place with the Red Cross in Myanmar, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we managed to adjust the internship so I could still do it through the Stockholm office, which I am very grateful for.
I worked mainly with humanitarian projects in Myanmar, with focus on Water, Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH) and community resilience. I learned a lot about how to organise and develop these kind of projects, as well as how the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement works in different countries and globally. I was really pleased with the level of responsibility that I got during the internship, and with the support from my colleagues. I found that I used knowledge from most of the courses studied during the master’s, but the main one that were relevant for my internship were the Capacity Development and Societal Resilience courses.
Other people in my class did internships at a diverse range of organisations, including Stockholm Environment Institute, the International Organisation for Migration, UNFCCC, and Region Skåne (regional council of Skåne County in Sweden). If you are not interested in doing an internship, it is also optional to take on elective courses at Lund university.
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