On the 23rd of September, ILO interns who have registered will have the opportunity to participate in the third annual Intern Development Day. The day-long event is designed by the Intern Board in collaboration with the Human Resources Department, and has been in the planning phases for at least the past three months. This year, it includes “Global Citizens”, CV and interviewing, and former intern sessions that feature speakers from around the ILO and beyond, as well as a coffee break and apéro to network with all participating parties (supervisors, speakers, coordinators, and other interns). The Director-General, Guy Ryder, will also give a welcome address and take a group photo with participants in the afternoon.
In anticipation of this big event, Lorraine Wong, former intern and current ILO staff member, reflects on her experience at last year’s IDD.
How would you describe your experience at last year’s IDD?
The last Intern Development Day took place on the 3rd day of my work. As a new-comer of the ILO back then, I had the opportunity to meet both interns and their supervisors. From these personal conversations and connections I made, I couldn't think of a better way to learn about my work place. The bonus point was certainly to meet interns back then. Many of them also moved on to consultancy and short term positions, in which we often have lunch together still today.
What was the most useful or interesting seminar you attended?
While there were career-oriented CV writing seminars and the address from the Director General, in my opinion, my favorite part was the final cocktail session where I could meet supervisors and learn about their work in a less formal way.
Did this event have any impact on your professional career at the ILO?
This event really helped me to be natural in meeting co-workers in a professional setting. As I joined the ILO as an intern straight out of school, I realized making friends at work was nothing like the first day of my Master's program. People are certainly more interested in projects one has accomplished before.
Why is it beneficial for interns to attend IDD?
I would highly recommend that anyone new to the workplace be more engaged with the organization, and IDD was certainly a great way to learn about organizational structure and the faces who keep the wheels moving.
Do you have any advice for interns about how to make the most of the event this year?
Go with a big smile. The IDD is a great ice-breaker paving way to learn more about this organization – after all, it's a scary building with lots of great minds.
All interns should have received an e-mail invitation to IDD and should have registered online. For more agenda details, visit the IDD Facebook event page.