Lorraine Wong, from Hong Kong/Canada, 26 years old
What brought you to the ILO?
I have always been passionate about economics, politics, health, and the environment. After completing my Master’s in Public Policy and Human Development at Maastricht University/ UNU-Merit, I found the opportunity to apply my quantitative and qualitative techniques in analysing social policy at the ILO.
Can you tell us about a day at work? I am doing my internship at the Social Protection department on the topic of Universal Health Protection. Starting from 9am, I interpret data on the ILO indicators for universal health protection. With data on rural and urban areas of the world, I write technical reports that align to the ILO’s national Social Protection Floors and decent work agenda. At lunch time, there are often seminars from other ILO departments or the WHO, on topics closely relevant to the field such as domestic workers, harassment policy, and trade development. As there are many interns at the ILO, our day usually ends with a bike ride to lac leman (the Geneva lake) to enjoy the rest of the evening.
Outside of work, how was it living in Geneva? In my first week, I found Geneva the most expensive city I have ever lived in. However, I quickly met a big crowd of interns from many other UN agencies, hikers from CERN, musicians from the Graduate Institute, and young professionals from all over the world, who gave me tips to live cheaply without compromising much of social life. As everyone has studied in different places and disciplines, I have found myself in many interesting debates from social policies, European policies, to refugee protection. Despite Geneva is a quiet diplomatic city, there are always vibrant people around to bring it to live.
What's next? The day I finished my internship, I am hired as a consultant to continue working with my supervisor on universal health protection. With the sunny Geneva, I can foresee a lot of hiking trips over the weekends!