What happens when you raise awareness about hunger on social media? There’s an energy that spreads through your network of friends and family – and it helped our online intern from the United Kingdom find her passion for solving hunger. Caroline gives her take.
Before becoming WFP Student’s Social Media Impact Intern I was actually quite nervous; this was the first time I had worked for such a well-known international organisation. However, even though the internship was conducted solely online I was made to feel a valued member of the team. I received continued support and advice from WFP staff.
My duties were wide ranging. They included writing blog posts for the WFP “Students and Universities” webpage, tweeting about WFP projects, and posting about WFP videos. The most enjoyable, rewarding and interactive part of my internship was the online photo challenge I developed to highlight hunger. During the photo challenge, I asked participants to post one photo related to hunger every day for five consecutive days. Not only did it make me realise that there can be other, more innovative ways to promote good causes -- it also strengthened my personal links with old friends, many of whom participated.
This internship brought me intellectual transformation in terms of re-enlightening my sense of commitment towards good causes. While at high school I raised funds for a charity supporting Southeast Asian women and children. This inspired me to set up my own social enterprise but I thought these plans would have to wait until I finished my studies. My internship has shown me it is still possible to help the needy despite a tight academic schedule.
I would definitely recommend applying for the WFP online intern programme -- and I am one hundred percent sure that you will not regret it.