Over the years, Together has had a variety of talented and hard-working interns who have made an invaluable contribution and have gone on to do great things.
Read on to learn about some of Together's interns, what they did, their background and where they are now.
Katie Walsh - Development Intern (2015)
Now Grants and Development Officer at the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Edinburgh
Before I started my internship at Together, I worked for a private sector consultancy company for four years. I decided that I wanted a career change, and the position at Together offered a great opportunity for me to do this. I was drawn to the third sector as I have always loved volunteering, and I developed a keen interest in children's rights through working with children's charities in India, Uganda and Peru.
My role at Together was to develop a business plan for a new training programme in children's rights directed at public bodies and NGOs, specifically focused on the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. I also helped the Policy and Communications Officer to deliver training seminars at a conference in Aberdeen. The work was challenging and stimulating, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I also had a great time working with the Together team who were extremely welcoming, friendly and supportive.
I now work for an international public health charity supporting business development activities for the organisation, using skills that I honed through my experience at Together. The internship was absolutely pivotal in helping me along my new career path.
Liz Millership - Membership & Events Intern (2014)
Now Acting Policy & Communications Officer at Together (Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights), Edinburgh
I started as a Membership and Events intern for Together working 2 days a week in September 2014, on returning to the UK from my teaching job in Japan. My first day at Together was Referendum Day and so I started 'in the thick of it'! Coming from a primary education background, the first few weeks in the third sector required learning a lot of new terms and acronyms - my role as first point of contact for Together's membership meant knowing exactly who CPAG, SCCYP, PAS and SOSCN referred to!
Working with Together's membership base of 300 allowed me to quickly get a feel for the sector I was working in, the policy and legislative environment and key stakeholders involved. My first large task was to assist in the organisation of Together's 2014 State of Children's Rights report launch, my first opportunity to put a face to all the emails I'd been receiving and to hear Aileen Campbell MSP and Minister for Children and Young People talk about children's rights in Scotland.
Since those first 3 months as an intern, my role has shifted and progressed from 2 days a week, to 3 days and eventually to full time, from intern to assistant to officer and most recently, as Acting Policy Officer whilst Emma is on her exciting new secondment with Eurochild in Brussels. I've now been at Together for a year and a half and have been amazed at the knowledge learnt and progress made since first stepping through the door on that referendum day. I anticipate a further leap throughout 2016 as I face the new challenge of policy work, and look forward to continuing what has been an incredibly rewarding experience so far.
Ross Oke - Policy & Research Intern (2013)
Now Human Rights Adviser in Green Asia Network, Korea
I interned at Together in 2013 to gain a better understanding of children's rights. Before joining, I cofounded and worked at a child rights NGO that focused specifically on adoption abuses in Korea. I also did occasional freelance work, including serving as the UN Universal Periodic Review coordinator for the UPR Child Rights Network of Korea and representing my NGO in different international working groups.
Despite this experience, I wanted to move into other areas of children's rights, and Together facilitated this by exposing me to a wide variety of issues. Some of the work included contacting people to participate in seminars for the State of Children's Rights Report and assisting the staff with policy-related papers. Although I have a child rights-related graduate degree, I would say that my experience at Together taught me much more in terms of how to realise children' rights. I also had the pleasure of working with some great people.
Since leaving, I've continued working with international and local child rights NGOs in different capacities, including representing these groups during UN treaty body reviews on Korea. I currently serve as the human rights adviser in Green Asia Network, an environmental NGO that works with environmental refugees, building sustainable communities in Myanmar and Mongolia. My primary tasks include mainstreaming human and child rights-based approaches throughout our work. I consider my time with Together as a major transitioning point as it helped me in moving from a very specific thematic area to tackling broader children's rights issues.
Denys Salas - Policy & Research Intern (2013)
Now Assistant Director of Voces Latinas, New York
I am originally from Ecuador, and have worked in the non-profit field for over 13 years. I received my Bachelors in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. During 2005-2007, I served in AmeriCorps *NCCC and AmeriCorps State in Mississippi, working to combat the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the US Gulf Coast. I also served in Peace Corps Mozambique working with at risk youth and women living with HIV and AIDS.
I received my Masters of Science in Childhood Studies from the school of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. I interned for Together in 2013, assisting in the development of the State of Children's Rights Report. During my graduate studies, I wrote my thesis on, "What does education mean to me? An exploratory research project on the views on education about institutionalized and non-institutionalized children in Petropolis, Brasil" where I conducted focus groups and individual interviews with orphan children and children with families in Petropolis, Brasil.
I have worked in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention and education since 2008. My program management experience ranges from building homes for individuals who were affected by natural disasters, coordinating a nutritional food program and emotional support groups for women living with HIV and AIDS, developing an after school arts program for high school students in rural Mozambique, providing shelter for homeless youth, and coordinating services for individuals affected by domestic violence. I am currently the Assistant Director of Voces Latinas where I oversee all programs, assist with the agency's operations, and supervise a diverse team committed to addressing the impact of HIV.
Emma Grindulis - Policy Intern (2012)
Now Advocacy and Parliamentary Officer (secondment), Eurochild, Brussels
Dhanishtha Kuruvilla - Policy Intern (2012)
Now Policy & Advocacy Trainee, Eurochild, Brussels
Emma and Dhanishtha both interned at Together in 2012, assisting with policy and communication. During the same year, they both graduated with Masters degrees in Children's Policy Studies at the University of Edinburgh. They now both work at Eurochild, where Emma is on secondment from Together as Advocacy and Parliamentary Officer, and Dhanishtha is a Policy and Advocacy Trainee. We're very proud of both of them as they continue their life journey 'Together'!
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