Since the departure of both the CETA and AMEP interns, the SPAW interns have inherited some of their work. This was welcomed and has resulted in a greater variety of assignments. For example, I was responsible for carrying out an analysis of UNEP CEP’s Facebook page. This involved identifying the key demographics of our viewership and making recommendations for how future content could be refined.
The other focus of my work has been on the Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) project. I was responsible for producing the Terms of Reference for the regional aspect of the project. This was interesting as it gave me an insight into the steps and necessary procedures that need to be carried out before instigating any project. I also helped create a PowerPoint presentation that will be used as a template to explain the concept of EBM and the desired effects it will have.
Taking on tasks that would normally be assigned to CETA/AMEP interns added a different dimension to the work that I was used to at UNEP CEP. However, it proved to be just as fascinating as previous work and was useful for developing skills of an interdisciplinary nature.
I recognized the importance of having a friendly and welcoming office environment. This not only made it easy for me to settle in and enjoy my internship, but also plays a key role in the general well-being and productivity of everyone in the department.
The internship programme was extremely engaging and provided work that suited my interests. Above all, it was living and working in a city as culturally diverse as Kingston that really made this experience worthwhile.