Industry: Education
Type of Internship: Development/Fundraising, Event Planning/Management, Program/Project Management
Student Name: Maureen Kalimba Isimbi
Graduation Year: 2020
Major: Engineering Psychology/Human Factors Engineering
Minor: Engineering Management
Position Title: Career Development and Employability Intern
Hours: 40 hours per week
Paid or Unpaid: Unpaid, full-time

What do you do as an intern at this organization?

In the University of Rwanda, I proposed two projects to work on during the summer of 2018. One is organizing an annual career fair for the students of the University of Rwanda through connections between the university and companies in Rwanda, as well as University of Rwanda alumni. Another project is establishing a study abroad program for University of Rwanda students.

How did you find this internship?

I was referred by a friend to the vice-chancellor of the University of Rwanda.

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

I enjoy working with other interns because they have a lot of experiences to share. I also love the fact that the projects I proposed will have a huge impact on the development of University of Rwanda students.

What do you find challenging?

What I found challenging was mostly the speed of carrying out activities due to different cultural and working habits. However, I believe it was a great internship because it helped me move out of my comfort zone and learn about other people's working strategies.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?

Humility is key because the people you work with know things you may not know. Therefore, it is a chance to be humble and learn from them. Do your best because it may give you chances to intern or secure a full-time job in the future.

About the Organization

University of Rwanda
Kigali, Rwanda

The mission of the University of Rwanda is to support the development of Rwanda by discovering and advancing knowledge. We're committed to the highest standards of academic excellence, where students are prepared for lives of service, leadership, and solutions.