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My ISSC internship

by Joe Gillett, UK

The ISSC staff made me feel very welcome when I joined as an intern in 2009. At the time the organisation was carrying out a series of new projects: launching their first World Social Science Forum in Bergen, Norway; finalising the latest World Social Science Report; and designing the World Social Science Fellows Programme. These interesting projects generated work of a varied nature and helped in the development of my communication, organisational and research skills…

The opportunity to learn about the social sciences at an international level, both in terms of management and academic content, was a unique opportunity for me. For example, I was entrusted with coordinating a meeting in Buenos Aires on social science capacity building and was able to gain an insight into recent regional trends in this area. Another advantage the internship gave me was the chance to become involved in programmes run by UNESCO and to collaborate with other NGOs based in UNESCO House.

These experiences, and the support from the ISSC staff throughout, encouraged me to later apply for an interdisciplinary social science Masters course.