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July 22, 2011

I started interning at IBJ with little work experience and was made to feel a valuable part of the team from the start. Geneva staff members are passionate, inspiring people who truly believe in their cause. This belief was infectious, and while I was working there, they proved that they could achieve much of what they sought to.
The 2011 JusticeMakers competition, which I helped organize, awarded 10 lawyers in developing countries (particularly Latin America, a relatively new region to the work of IBJ) with grants to help improve their criminal justice systems.
I also drafted reports to fundraisers and wrote fundraising proposals, which required me to read surveys and research on the results that IBJ achieves in the countries they work in, and found all of this very heartening.
Though at times I was a little overwhelmed by some of the tasks I was asked to carry out (IBJ staff delegate a great deal), it meant that I learnt so much and felt like a valuable part of the team.

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By working as an intern.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Employ more full-time staff so there would be more continuity between the JusticeMakers competitions, for example.

Volunteer & Helped organize the 2011 JusticeMakers competition and drafted fundraising proposals and reports to funders.