..Members' Internship Experience
Otsubo Seminar Members are encouraged to acquire some
Internship Experience during the course of study at GSID.
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Participating in Policy Dialogue at the 2012 IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings
“Intergenerational gap is vital (from the point of view of debt) ,” said the IMF Managing Director (MD) Christine Lagarde in response to my question at the CSO Townhall Meeting held on 11 October, during the Annual Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group. I had a privilege to address a question to MD Lagarde about the economic issues related the youth including high unemployment rate, social security and intergenerational gap. MD Lagarde pointed out the significance of pushing growth, stabilizing macro-economy, and managing debt in a sustainable way as the roles of IMF.
This year’s Annual Meetings took place in Tokyo, October 9-14, 2012. The Annual Meetings brought together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives, and academics in order to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness. I was given the opportunities to attend the Civil Society Policy Forum and various seminars and meetings at the Annual Meetings as one of the eight IMF Youth Fellows through a competitive selection that included an essay contest. It was a great experience for me to join the debate on global issues and learn from real policy dialogues.
Through the participation in the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings, I have reaffirmed the importance of conducting policy-oriented researches that contribute to the possible solution of the global socio-economic issues. Meaningful policy dialogue could not be carried out without a basis of rigorous analysis. I am determined to do my best in continuing my research work at GSID. At last, I believe the friendship and network built among youth leaders, other CSO representatives gathered from all over the world, and IMF-World Bank staff are invaluable. I would like to stay connected with them through various future activities.
*** Video: The entire speech/session can be seen.***
Christine Lagarde Speech -2012 Annual Meetings Plenary
Christine Lagarde Speech -2012 Annual Meetings Plenary
|Takahiro Yamada 2010-2011||
IOM (International Organization for Migration) Internship Report in Lao PDR
個人的に、ミクロレベルで実体経済を把握することができ、同僚から認められればどんどん仕事が振られてくる現在の環境に満足しています。最初の全体ミーティングで、「Taka, what is your potential contribution to our office?」と聞かれた時は少し度肝を抜かれましたが、プロジェクト単位で動いている国際機関では、internに対しても「育てる」、「将来的な成長性」よりも、「現在の能力」を重視しているのだと実感させられました。
Internship at UNESCO Bangkok (received in December 2010)
Name: Yumeka Hirano (M2)
Section: Assessment, Information Systems, Monitoring and Statistics (AIMS) Unit
UNESCO Institute for Statistics Regional Office, UNESCO Bangkok
Period of Internship: From 20 February to 14 May 2010
About UNESCO Internship Program:
The UNESCO Bangkok and the GSID has the Agreement of internship programme. Based on this agreement, the UNESCO Bangkok offers the opportunity of unpaid internship for GSID students every year. Several candidates will be selected through the application process.
Work Responsibilities and Activities:
*Assist in the UIS-AIMS Unit's technical support for the development of Education Management Information System (EMIS) in Member States in the region.
*Develop the training modules to be used at regional and national statistical capacity building workshops.
*Develop UIS questionnaire survey for research on education statistics to Great Mekong Subregion (GMS).
*Assist in the organization of conferences and workshops and trainings, including the preparation of documentation and presentation.
*Contributed to improve "Training Modules A: EFA (Education for All) Monitoring and EMIS" and "Training Modules B: Appropriate and Effective Use of Education Related Data from Population Census and Household Surveys for EFA Monitoring" with team members.
*Developed questionnaire survey for research on tertiary education to GMS countries.
*Deepened understandings of the importance of monitoring and utilization of existing data for national/regional development.
*Improved my analytical skills of data by using statistical software (SPSS/PASW). I was able to utilize what I have learned in statistics and quantitative analysis classes at GSID.
*Developed e-leaning website for Statistical Capacity Building with another intern.
I enjoyed the working environment in UNESCO, Bangkok Office where I could have the opportunities to express my opinions and share insights to develop the modules as a team member. I could feel the importance of working together for the success of the project, combining ideas from people with different backgrounds. I think the UN office is one of the most multinational offices I have ever known.
In addition, I encountered the challenges of institutionalizing monitoring system and developing statistical capacity of each country and the region as a whole, and I also found the interests in improving the situation through this internship.
Staying in Bangkok:
Thailand is one of my favorite countries, as people are very generous and Thai foods are delicious. So, I had a great time staying in Thailand. Also, Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is such an international city. I had no difficulties finding an apartment and buying necessary things to settle down soon after I arrived.
Moreover, Bangkok is the hub of the international organizations in Asia. UNESCO Bangkok plays their roles both as the county and regional office. It was beneficial for me to work at the regional office to observe the situation of various countries, because my master research is about regional economic integration of ASEAN. On weekends or holidays, I had opportunities to visit other offices and facilities to learn and work for my research.
Internship Report at JICA Headquarters (received in December 2009)
Name: Yumeka Hirano (M1)
Section: Planning Division, Southeast Asia Department II
Topic: ASEAN Regional Cooperation
About JICA Internship Program:
This internship opportunity is open to any graduate student, who conducts research related with international cooperation or international development, and who is highly motivated to work in the field in the future. This program aims at giving opportunities to students to deepen their understandings about Japan’s international cooperation and Official Development Assistance (ODA), and the application is open to public. I, myself, knew about this internship information in homepage, and then I decided to attend the briefing by JICA staff at GSID.
Contents of Work:
The ASEAN Charter was signed in November, 2007 and it plays a central role in the development of intra-ASEAN economic cooperation for ASEAN integration by 2015. Based on the policy to support ASEAN integration of Japanese government, JICA initiated a JICA-ASEAN Cooperation scheme to enhance working relationship as partners. The following are the tasks I carried out as an intern.
1. Engaging in the planning of the Laos Pilot Program (LPP), which is an ODA tripartite program for narrowing the development gap toward ASEAN integration such as attending the meetings with consultants, and other relevant meetings with JICA staff. Other tasks included drafting reports, preparing presentation materials and handouts for workshops.
2. Summarizing aggregate data to be used for report briefings, and updating the data for policy determination for the cooperation with Southeast Asia.
3. Learning about management know-how of development assistance by looking into various past ODA programs records and assisting routine operations.
The presentation materials and handouts, which I made, were actually used in the workshop for LPP, held in Laos. I felt proud to be part of the team working for LPP. TO meet the high expectation of team member, I had to make my utmost efforts by reading various reports, and relevant references to deepen my understanding of the program and the current situation of related countries.
On the last of my internship, I made a presentation on “JICA’s Support for ASEAN Regional Cooperation and Laos Pilot Program” in front of JICA staff. This presentation provided me a great opportunity to look back on what I have learnt and done during the internship. At the same time, it was also a good chance for me to present my opinions and suggestions on LPP and receive many useful comments to be reflected for the future program.
Personally, I have had a strong desire to work in the field of development assistance since I was an undergraduate student. Since then, I have participated in some ODA programs at local level; however, I have never had a chance to work at national level environment. I was very impressed by the passion and attitude of JICA staffs, counterparts, and consultants towards their works and the way they inspired each other to achieve the common goal. Lastly, I was able to assure myself that this is the field I would like to work for in the future and at the same time it is also very beneficial for my master thesis.
Working as an intern is a great opportunity to know what you want to work for in the future and what kind of skill you need to develop. Moreover, it was precious experience to exchange ideas with people with hands-on experience. There are costs and time involved by joining the internship program, yet I believe there are more things you can obtain. I would like to recommend anybody who is interested to try this internship.
研修期間：2009年8月17日 〜 2009年9月11日
Internship Report at United Nations ECOSOC Policy Coordination Branch (UN - DESA) (received in April 2009)
Name: Felippe Cademartori Araujo (
Section: Economic Development Policy
Contents of work:
The Policy Coordination Branch is one of the four departments that constitute the Office for Economic and Social Council Support and Coordination (OESC), together with the NGO Section, and the branches for ECOSOC Interorganization Cooperation and for Development Cooperation. As its name suggests, the Policy Coordination Branch is the main responsible for providing harmonization of and support to the variety of works of the ECOSOC, the Second Committee and the General Assembly. While its focus lies mostly on the promotion of the MDGs, it also frequently covers events on Financing for Development and transnational economic cooperation of many sorts, proposed under the auspices of the UN.
During my internship, I had the chance to deal with a gamut of related issues. One of my first tasks was to assist the preparatory meetings for the 2009 AMR (Annual Ministerial Review) conference, focused on global progress in public health. I was in charge of writing two draft reports: one on eHealth advancements and prospects in Latina America, and another on challenges and strategies to finance for Health Systems in East Asia. Also one of my first responsibilities was to sketch follow-up country reports on the accomplishment of the MDGs, and to cover the Africa Development Needs Conference for my branch. Towards the end of the month of September, I was given the task of monitoring the preparatory events and documents for the Doha Conference on Financing for Development. On this period, I also had the pleasure of attending and summarizing some of the inaugural sessions of the General Assembly and of the Second Committee. In October, my attention was mainly devoted to Issues Notes and meetings on the repercussions the financial crisis could inflict to national development strategies and ODA flows.
Working at the UN Headquarters is an experience I will never regret, in spite of all the financial and academic sacrifices it entailed. Through it, I could see for myself how is the work of policy makers and staff within a pivotal international organization. Also, the opportunity to meet heads of state and renowned scholars was unique, not less due to the GA inaugural sessions which traditionally take place around the third week of September, every year. Being at the UN Headquarters those days felt like being at the center of World Politics: imminent historical US Elections, collapse of the global financial system, welcoming the new Japanese PM in his first trip abroad.
Perhaps most importantly, I was deeply moved by the challenge of making the development cause look appealing to statesmen from around the world, and other members of the internal hierarchy. Amid such turmoil which constituted the initial stages of the current financial crisis, the quest of drawing public attention to our branch’s issues appeared insurmountable. Working with our own knowledge, charisma and social network to streamline discussions was, I believe, one of the most exciting tasks I have ever faced.
Message to students:
What the UN Human Resources departments look for in candidates’ applications still remains obscure to me. However, having had two students accepted as interns, one in
Internship Report at United nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) (received in March 2008)
Name: Saidakhror Burkhanov (
Section: Social Policy and Development
Contents of work:
The UNRISD is a research institute under the UN framework, which is proposing core research agenda on Social Policy and Development. The current program of UNRISD deals with research on this field that looks at ways that social policy can be instrumental to economic development while maintaining its main goals of social protection and equity. Specifically, it focuses on five areas of study: institutions for social policy and poverty eradication, financing social policy, global social policy, migration and social welfare, and assessment of HIV/AIDS policy and practices. In 2006, UNRISD initiated a project to study the causes, dimensions and dynamics of poverty. Therefore, currently UNRISD started working on the “UNRISD Flagship Report on Poverty”, which will be published in 2009 that examines the poverty reduction policies, which are shaped by the configuration of institutions and policies in a triad of economic development, social policy and politics.
I particularly worked on one of the chapters of this Flagship Report, named as “Financing Social Policy” that explores the sources of finance for social policies of the state. Mainly, I did research on taxation reform to assess the sufficiency and sustainability of tax revenues in specific countries, the economic and social effects of tax policy, the relationship between tax policy and social policy, tax reform and decentralization, and the contribution of tax policy to economic and social goals of growth, stability, equity, cohesion, and democracy. My tasks included the data collection and data analysis of tax revenue sources in all developing countries. I made the table on tax revenue to GDP ratio for all developing counties and drew some graphs on some countries’ tax revenue performance to compare with developed countries (especially, Nordic countries) practice.
I am really happy that I got such an opportunity to do internship in one of the UN organizations in
Concerning internship in the UN, it was great experience that I earned during my short stay in the UNRISD. I learned a lot about the general system of the UN, its history, its organizations, their functions and so forth. I tried to use my time firstly, to learn the UNRISD and other UN organizations activity and contribute myself to the URISD research progress, secondly, to get some data and information for my research thesis from the huge source of the UN library and lastly, to extend my network by meeting with various professionals and experts there. During my internship, the knowledge that so far I got from GSID was extremely helpful, especially in analyzing tax reforms and budget performance of developing countries where I learned from “Development Planning and Policy” course. Moreover, as UNRISD is promoting research policy toward the social-friendly policy that somehow contradicting the “Washington Consensus” policy of World Bank and IMF, I studied different perspectives and views of affection of “structural adjustment” policy to social development in developing countries. My view is broadened on social-economic policy that I hope would benefit me in writing my research topic.
Generally, people in the UN are very kind and supportive that I felt myself comfortable and even made some good friends there. I understood that in order to get into the UN system, one should be good in development areas, know at least two UN languages, especially English and French (in case of UN Geneva office) and be flexible and team-oriented person, who would work with multicultural environment. Briefly, I was worth to conduct the internship in UNRISD that became the foundation stone for the further development of my personality and professional abilities.
Message to students:
My main advice to students who want to get internship in of the UN organizations is to approach directly the right person and try to make close relationship with him/her. There is a saying as “no matter what you know, the matter is whom you know” within the UN system that reflect the reality of recruiting process in this organization. I understood that it is very important to be in right place and right time when some of vacancies will be announced. However, you can’t apply without good education and professional background, which would give you competitive advantages among other applicants. It means you should continuously develop yourself, your skills and knowledge and always be able to get challenge to grow professionally. Once you would get such opportunity you will see that your perspectives will be extended and overview will be broadened. I wish all the best in your further application for any internship programs. Good luck!!!
|インターンシップレポート：JICAカンボジアオフィス (received in July 2006)
Internship Report at JICA Cambodia Office (received in July 2006)
Name: Keiji Ito (Japanese)
Contents of work:
Yoichiro Ishihara on "Career Development in Development Fields" (received in June 2006)
Professor Otsubo kindly asked me to share my career development in the development fields with GSID students. Although I myself am still in the middle of searching for my long-term career in this field, I thought this is a good opportunity to retrace my own carrier to think through my future career. More importantly, I sincerely hope this write-up contributes GSID students to providing hints for their future career development.
Unlike most GSID students, I was not so much interested in development at the beginning. My interest started to grow after I started my master’s degree at SOAS in 1996. At that time I worked for a Japanese commercial bank (Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan (LTCB), now Shinsei Bank). LTCB sent me to study at SOAS, since LTCB needed an expert for Southeast Asia. I chose Indonesia as my main subject. The period when I was in MSc was in the middle of Asian crisis. Accordingly, I picked up Indonesia’s financial crisis for my masters thesis topic.
Although I focused on Indonesia’s economy at SOAS, I had never been to Indonesia. I wanted to apply my academic knowledge to practice. My friend from Master’s degree informed me that there was a position opening at Japanese embassy in Indonesia as an economic advisor (so-called “senmon-chosa-in in Japanese). This position is considered as one of the entry points for newly graduated students with some working experiences into development field. The selection examination was not so difficult (though depending on competence of other candidates) and the position well worked for me. In 1999, the selection examination was the combination of English and interview. In my impression, preferred candidate was selected beforehand based on CV as well as recommendations from various sources. The interview was just for final conformation. As being an embassy staff, I moved to Jakarta, Indonesia, during my carrier in the Embassy, I participated in key discussions with Indonesian authorities including very high ranking officials including ministers. This experience also enabled me to learn Japanese foreign development assistance policy. This experience is still one of my most important assets, since Japanese government is a key player in the development field.
I started to work for the World Bank as a short-term consultant in 2001 and then became a staff in 2004. There are different entry points to work for the World Bank but it is often difficult to see such opportunity until you actually joined it. Most World Bank staffs start their careers from a short-term consultant expect for the Young Professional Program (YPP). [Information on YPP is available at World Bank website (www.worldbank.org)] Broadly speaking, there are four different types of contracts in the Bank; Open-ended staff, Termed-contracted staff, Extended termed consultant (ETC) and short termed consultant (STC). The job market in any forms in the Bank is very competitive and so as promotion from consultant to staff.
From my experience as well as observing the job market from inside, master’s degree is a minimum requirement to work in development field. Though depending on what kind of job types you are looking at, when I hire a consultant I put more emphasis on working experiences rather than the subject at master’s degree.
From my experience, I would point out 3 key points for finding positions in development fields.
|Internship at Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
In July 2005, GSID and JBIC signed a Cooperation Agreement on International Economic Development. As a part of this agreement, JBIC accepts one student from GSID every year to join their operation for one month as an Intern (on an Internship agreement). An intern will spend a week or two at the JBIC tokyo headquarters and the rest of the month at one of JBIC's overseas office.
2005: Shungo KOBAYASHI (Otsubo Seminar) conducted his internship at the JBIC Tokyo Hdqtrs. and at its Jakarta office, Indonesia.
2006: Erika OKAZAKI (Otsubo Seminar) conducted her internship at the JBIC Tokyo Hdqtrs. and at its Bangkok office, Thailand
For 2007, refer to the 2007 JBIC Internship Program Flier.
Here's the PowerPoint presentation of Erika's internship experience. Erika's Internship Experience with JBIC
(Erika at one project site in Thailand; the fourth person from the left)
|Study Tour to the rural area in south India
Institution： LIFE (Live with Friends on the earth) http://www.ne.jp/asahi/life/home
Date： 25th February - 11th March 2006
Location ： India. The states of Karnataka, Tamil nadu ?Bangalore, Dindigul, Madurai
Activities in the tour：
- To visit Self Helping Groups (SHG)* and to interview them to ask how well their activities work as a part of the rural development
- To experience home stay in the agricultural region for two nights
- To visit a government hospital and a healthcare center
- To visit 3 NGOs in south India (NGO for H.I.V patients for H.I.V prisoners, school for street children/scheduled caste children)
- Exchange the cultural program with the students in Gandhigram rural university
*SHG- consists of 9-16women in rural area. Each SHG has its own business such as rope making from coconut trees, herb garden and milk selling. Each member has to contribute some money in order to open their bank account. The member as well as the group can borrow money from the bank.
I recognize that the rural area in India has lots of potential to develop in terms of social infrastructure. The social infrastructure has not been available to the scheduled caste people. (The bottom caste of the system) As the vice president of the Gandhigram Rural University says, to large extent the caste system has prevented the poor from economically and socially developing. I feel that it is an emergency task for India to give equal opportunity, especially, of education for all, I believe that this will fuel the further economic development in India as a whole.
The people in the village welcomed us very much. The way they, especially children, treated us was warm itself. It is partly because they have hardly met Japanese or foreigners before, but I have never experienced that kind of warmness in other cultures. Although they are identified as the poor in the research institutions, they look happy. Their life style seems primitive (environmental friendly) but soon will be forced to change because of globalization, so I believe that there should be preparation for it by themselves with developed world’s corporation.
Message to students：
This tour gave me lots of aspects of development such as education, healthcare, environmental problems, economic activities and agriculture. These are closely related in their life style. It is meaningful to see what is different from your research topic.
参加した団体：LIFE (Live with Friends on the earth) http://www.ne.jp/asahi/life/home
・ SHG (Self Helping Group) を訪問し、進行中の収入向上プロジェクトはどのようなものがあって、どのように機能しているのかを各グループにインタビューする
|Internship at UNESCO Headquarters - Paris
Duration: 2005. June ? July
Affiliation: Education Sector
Division of Basic Education
Section for Literacy and Non-Formal Education
I worked as part of the team of the Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE). At that time this was still a very new program, with the first partnership meeting to be organized and held. My work there had two parts.
UNESCO is a huge organization which I could only really feel when working in it. Because of the size and the internationality there are many strict rules to keep the system working. These rules and procedures can sometimes seem to be an unnecessary burden and therefore make the everyday work difficult and time consuming. However they should be accepted and dealt with.
Advices for future interns:
When applying, it should be done from two directions: the formal application should be made through the Internet and sent to the Human Resources department and besides this, it is necessary to find a concrete contact with a possible intern position. Sending the formal application is required for the administrative procedures but does not mean an internship contract in itself. There is a big pool of intern applicants, which the departments can choose from in case there is need for temporary assistance. However, as I experienced it, interns are usually found through personal relations. People and departments ask each other to recommend somebody. Therefore it is important to find a concrete department and try to have an agreement directly with the chief of that section, parallel to the application on the Internet.
|Place: The Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila, The Philippines
Period: 28 June 2004 to 20 August 2004.
I was assigned to do an analysis on agriculture subsidies and
under-valuation of forestry in the Mekong region using the cost-benefit
analysis. The paper is used as implications for ADB。ヌs assistance to
forestry/natural resource sectors in Mekong Department--Agriculture,
Environment, and Natural Resources Division (with a possibility to be edited
for ADB's publication in the future).
The internship gave me an opportunity to learn from experienced
professionals and to strengthen my analytical skills while experiencing the
working environment in ADB. Moreover, this internship is fully-funded with a
daily stipend and great accommodation. I totally recommend you all to try to
Last Update: 2012.11.19