I am just an ordinary Chinese who had this great opportunity to be an intern for Humanitarian Affairs Asia. I was fortunate to have met the Secretary-General of Humanitarian Affairs Asia during the United Nations World Urban Youth Forum in Nanjing.
I am glad to be able to contribute to this well organised and successful inaugural University Scholars Leadership Symposium 2010 in Malacca, Malaysia. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to spend 7 months in Malaysia and learn from a great mentor.
Through this internship, I have become much wiser and more aware of the importance of interpersonal skills after working with people from diverse cultures.
The seven attributes which I had learnt and would treasure from this internship are: Leadership, Initiative, Discipline, Devotion, Determination, Commitment and Teamwork.
For me, this internship was an eye-opener as I was able to learn many important life skills from my immediate supervisor. I always looked forward to our weekly training sessions which were opportunities to learn and improve.
Our welfare was always well taken care of and we were often spoilt with many sumptuous meals. During our lunches, we frequently spoke about our views on global issues and these have certainly broadened my perspective and understanding. To allow us to relax and recharge, many social programs such as karaoke sessions, bowling and movie nights were also organised for the interns.
I sincerely encourage more young people to seize this golden opportunity for self-development by joining the internship program. You will learn much more than what you would have expected.