Company/Organization: Seeds of Peace
Mentor(s):Bibi Alli and Fayth Centeno
Topic of Internship
Internaion Relations/ Business Adminstration
Founded in 1993 by journalist John Wallach, Seeds of Peace is dedicated to empowering young leaders from regions of conflict with the leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and coexistence. Over the last 19 years, Seeds of Peace has intensified its impact, dramatically increasing the number of participants, represented nations and programs. From 46 Israeli, Palestinian and Egyptian teenagers in 1993, the organization has expanded its programming to include young leaders from South Asia, Cyprus and the Balkans. Its leadership network now encompasses over 4,300 young people. Currently, the organization is actively working in the Middle East and South Asia. Seeds of Peace’s internationally-recognized program begins at its summer Camp in Maine and continues through year-round regional initiatives. These include ongoing dialogue meetings, conferences, workshops, educational and professional opportunities, and an adult educators program. This sustained engagement allows participants to develop lasting empathy, respect, and confidence, and equips them with the communication and negotiation skills necessary to advance peace.
Summary of Internship
At Seeds of Peace, I have been given the opportunity to attain a good understanding of what a non-profit organization is and how it works. One of the things I learned is that there is more than one aspect to nonprofit. During my time there, I assisted the Administration department on making sure each employees’ files and event documents are complete and up to date, research travel policies, maintain organization, run errands and any other assignments that my mentor may need. Interning in the administration department, I was able to assist my mentor in organizing vital information for events the development department coordinated, like the annual Peace Market event, yearly conference called GATHER, the Spring Gala and the two seeds of peace summer camp sessions. Although internships are advantageous because of the office skills you are able to acquire, other factors come into play like the people you are able to meet. Not only have I learned the importance of good work ethic, but the significance of networking. The environment at my internship is one of determination and hope, the goal they are trying to achieve is not a simple one, but with enough work and dedication it can be accomplished.
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