Goodbye and Goodluck

The following text was written by Dean, our digital communications intern. On his last day we asked him to write a short article about his experience. It’s with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to a wonderful co-worker and friend. We wish him every success in the future – we expect big things from him!

From Dean:

With my internship now wrapped up, I thought I’d share what I will take away the most from my experience at the IEP.

I have now officially completed my time at the Institute for Economics and Peace after nearly 5 months as a Digital Communications Intern, and I am grateful to the IEP for taking me on and giving me an introduction to the industry. The skills, experience and knowledge I have gained here will benefit me for a very long time to come. If you are still studying and looking to gain some experience in think-tanks and peace research, an internship here would be a great place for you to start.

Personally, I’m mostly driven towards researching, analysing and communicating aspects of conflict resolution and international relations. I was always given the opportunity to state my approach and was always guided to work freely on the diverse variety of areas that I chose. This is easily what I most enjoyed and appreciated during my internship.

What I can comfortably say about my time at the IEP is how much it has changed my outlook and direction for the future. Before my time here, I had a very broad and vague view of my potential career path. I knew that I wanted to do something with my International Studies degree but didn’t quite have an overall goal. I didn’t really consider peace education since I, like my most people, somewhat regarded ‘world peace’ as a superficial concept with no realistic resolution. It didn’t take me long to realise that peace is realistic, it is achievable, and it is universally beneficial in more ways than people think. After being around the staff, observing what they do and how they operate, whilst examining the publications and contribution of the IEP, I have become so heavily compelled towards the peace educator and researcher side of things. I now see this as a clear vision and goal for the future and I owe this to the IEP. I’m going to miss the cheerful and neighbourly office environment and I would like to thank each and every person at the office for being so friendly and accommodating.

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