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Eighth Week interning for KwF; from a perspective of three international students

Ola, Giorgi and Emely have just finished their eighth week working for Kashmir World Foundation (KwF). They have been working very hard throughout their internship. They have taken advantage of every opportunity their internships have to offer and they made a big progress. All of them are very grateful because they feel like they grew and improved. Here they share their opinions and experiences.

For Giorgi, this week was truly groundbreaking. “I have just finished my eight week working for Kashmir World Foundation. I cannot believe how fast the time passed. I have learned so much throughout this internship and I am very thankful for the opportunity because I believe it provided me with valuable skills and knowledge that I can use in my future development,” he said. “This week was very busy, but also extremely rewarding, because I have made a great progress and the issue I was working on was finally resolved. The network was able to detect the animals including picas and snow leopards which where the major challenge. I was very happy when I saw those bounding boxes appear in the correct places with appropriate names. I have been working on this project for a long time and I was very excited to see the progress. It is very satisfying,” he added.

Even though Giorgi was working very hard, he realizes that there is a lot of work to be done. “I have made a lot of progress on the project; however, it is still not ready to be put in production. I will do my best to get it there; however, I will definitely not have enough time to rough out the edges. There might be some bugs especially considering the fact that I was primarily working on linux operating system, which means there will definitely be some issues when porting to windows. So far this internship has been amazing and I learned so much and hopefully my last 2 weeks will not disappoint,” he concluded.

Emely believes that she has improved a lot throughout this internship, because she had a chance to take advantage of her business and computer science background. “Every week during our internship for Kashmir World Foundation, we have had meetings with the executive director Aliyah Pandolfi in order to check our progress, brainstorm ideas and spend some time together to bond as a team. Even though we do not work on the same projects, we do hear about what the others are doing and I believe is a good practice because it helps us brainstorm ideas for other interns and hear each other’s ideas that might end up really helpful and that we might not even be considering. Since I am double majoring in Business Administration and Computer Science, I feel like those meetings give me the change to switch to a business mind for a little and to come up with ideas for the organization,” she said. “Today, I want to reflect on what I want to do with the learning from my internship because I have been here for eight weeks now and I feel like a have a clear answer now. Doing mobile applications development has been a new and exciting experience for me and I want to continue doing it that is why I have decided to keep interning for Kashmir World Foundation when I go back to school. I plan to keep on working on the Drone App and the Snow Leopard App, as those are the two main projects I have worked on this summer and I want to keep contributing to the mission of Kashmir World Foundation. I remember I had always been interested in mobile application development but I had not had the chance to learn at all so I am very thankful for the opportunity and I plan to continue doing mobile application development to gain experience,” she added.

Ola believes that this internship has been a very exciting and valuable experience. “I have just finished my eighth week working for Kashmir World Foundation (KwF) and I have to admit I slowly started realizing that I am almost done with my internship. I feel like I have learned a lot about marketing, communication, persuasion and promotion. I think that this experience will be beneficial for my future development, especially because I am doing a double major in communication and business administration. This internship gave me a different perspective on implementing marketing strategy and understanding a science behind customer behavior. It has been very valuable to experience it in ‘real life,’” she said. “This week was definitely very interesting and eventful. I had a chance to do many exciting things and I can see the progress I am making every day. I am learning a lot and I am taking advantage of every opportunity I can get to improve my skills and get better. It is very rewarding when my work is appreciated and valued. I really enjoy the dynamic my supervisor and I share. She is always very supportive and helps me if I encounter any problems or obstacles. I am very grateful that I had a chance to meet so many amazing people, who are passionate about their work and their mission. This working environment is very important because it allows me to try to do my best every day without a fear of failure. I cannot believe that my internship is almost ending. I am looking forward to my new assignments and tasks,” she adds.

Ola, Giorgi and Emely have been working very hard for the past few weeks and they all admit that they have learned a lot. The Berea College interns are doing a great job helping Kashmir World Foundation. They are learning a lot and exploring their passions. Having an internship at KwF is definitely helping them to improve their skills, and allowing them to gain knowledge and hands-on experience that will be beneficial for their future development. They are all looking forward to the rest of their internships.

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