Tibetan Women's Association intern Vicki Robinson

Intern testimony: Vicki Robinson

Tibetan Women's Association intern Vicki RobinsonVicki Robinson, TWA Intern from Canada
November 2011 – February 2012

My time working with TWA has been exciting, enriching and fulfilling. I have worked with most staff and executive members in a number of different capacities appropriate to my skills. My main work has been mentoring, designing trainings and delivering trainings. I have also worked with one or two other NGOs in the McLeod Ganj area when they needed help in these areas (on loan from TWA). I have also done a lot of writing and editing work as required in English – reports, reviews, news releases, Voice (newsletter) and Dolma publication.

Specifically, I have worked with the Grants Officer researching potential funders for capacity building and administrative expenses of TWA. I have also written training materials and trained staff and leadership trainees in project proposal writing and implementation.

With the Empowerment through Action desk I have again written training materials and trained staff and leadership trainees in areas such as Goal Setting, Team Building, Time Management and Basic Communication Skills. I have also researched potential funders for TWA concerning training and women in leadership.

With the Women’s Environment and Development desk I have assisted in designing assessment documents and researching options for organizations who might appropriately receive the TWA Losar gift. I also worked with her in writing many of the documents and informations needed to take to the COP 17 conference in Durban.

While interning at TWA one becomes involved in many aspects of the diverse work of the NGO and a welcomed and appreciated member of the TWA team.

Natasha Stone - an intern with TWA in Dharamsala, India

Intern testimony: Natasha Stone

Natasha Stone - an intern with TWA in Dharamsala, IndiaI volunteered at the central offices of TWA in Dharamsala from August until December 2011. I had finished my university studies in 2009 and since taken up employment in online marketing, but was keen to travel and gain some experience with an NGO. The intern manager Dhardon Sharling did an excellent job of matching my jobs to my existing skills, meaning that I could immediately get to work and feel part of the team.

My main tasks were to redesign the website and to research and write a report on Tibetan nomads for launch at UN conference COP17 last November. I also got TWA’s social media up and running (check out the links to Facebook, Twitter etc on the right-hand side!), helped out with press releases, Dolma magazine and other reports, and took part in events such as film screenings and candlelight vigils in support of many Tibetan martyrs who self-immolated. Whilst challenging and busy, these projects allowed me to really feel I was making a difference whilst teaching me immeasurable amounts about Tibet, Tibetan culture, inspirational Tibetan women and the runnings of a dedicated NGO. I hope to go back in the future and would earnestly recommend work with TWA to anyone able to give some of their time.

Here are some ideas of what you could do: help TWA identify grants opportunities and write proposals, run campaigns for Tibet’s environment, support online marketing and website updates, undertake research, give English lessons to students at Stitches of Tibet… There are many opportunities for anyone who has skills matching TWA’s needs and who’s proactive and dedicated to TWA’s goals – just get in touch!

Tibetan Women's Association

TWA intern opportunities

TWA has had a successful internship program since 2007. TWA is now seeking interns who can help TWA with the following projects:

 

  • Research and editing,
  • Women’s Environment and Development
  • Grant writing and Capacity Building
  • Campaigns, networking and organizing events

 

Email your answers to the following questions:

  1. Is the proposed internship for your University credits or out of general interest?
  2. For how long do you intend to work with us and for how many hours per week. What is the specific time-line?
  3. Please tell us in what ways you can best offer your services to TWA.?
  4. What is the specific project you would like to work on and why?
  5. What are your specific areas of interest?
  6. If selected, you will have to pay an internship fee of 100 Euros which will go as a contribution towards the ‘TWA Fellowship Program for Women for Specialized Studies’. Is this acceptable for you?

 

Please send your CV and photo to twa@tibetanwomen.org

See our intern page for further information on interning with TWA.

TWA intern Priscilla Hsu

Intern testimony: Priscilla Hsu

TWA intern Priscilla HsuPriscilla Hsu, TWA Intern from the USA

I volunteered with the TWA Executive Office in McLeod Ganj from June – August 2011. My internship was challenging and demanding, and it was a valuable experience that would be hard to rival as an undergraduate. Having just completed my second year of undergraduate studies in the United States, I came to TWA and was immediately put to work. I assisted with the release of several media outlets, whether it was editing and proofreading media releases as a native-English speaker or producing promotional videos for TWA. I was also given long-term projects, most notably the responsibility of researching, writing, and editing a shadow report submitted for supplementary consideration of the country of Nepal to the UN CEDAW conference. As daunting as the work may have been to an undergrad, it was all carefully guided under the TWA executive committee, particularly with the intern coordinator Dhardon Sharling. Dhardon did a great job of assigning projects according to my skills set but also made sure to give me work that was not confined to my resume. My time with TWA was quite the experience.

Deanne Goforth

Intern testimony: Deanne Goforth

Deanne GoforthI interned for the Tibetan Women’s Association from December 18th, 2006 to March 16th, 2007. Currently, I am a second-year graduate student at the University of Oregon, International Studies Program and have a focus of indigenous women’s empowerment. TWA is an international non-governmental organization that I felt privileged to intern with. The women who work for TWA possess the ability to make you feel very welcomed, while at the same time giving you assignments that really do make a contribution to the organization. Many NGOs do not come with a history dating back to 1959, as TWA does. The historic revolt against Chinese oppression that many Tibetan women stood up and fought against had a monumental impact on me while choosing the appropriate place to intern. Since TWA is the only Tibetan women focused NGO in existence, I felt that it would be an honor to assist them in any way possible. The amount of information a person would learn from this type of experience is really limitless and highly dependable on the self-motivation of the individual. My favorite part of interning has been teaching English to the women at Stitches of Tibet during the mornings because they are some of the most dedicated students I have ever met. Their laughter is contagious, but more importantly they are fortunate enough to participate in a program that offers skills for future economic sustainability. This is just one of the valuable contributions TWA makes to the lives of Tibetan people in-exile and those still living in Tibet.