Almost five years ago, I was a Forge intern and had the opportunity to put my faith in action while gaining practical work experience. After my internship was done, I joined the iTeams Canada national office staff. I now oversee much of the Forge program, which means I've had the opportunity to see how several cohorts of interns have used the internship as a springboard for careers in international development and related fields.
A key goal of the Forge is to see how your faith, passions and vocation can become aligned. For many past interns, this has affirmed their desire to work in international development and for others, it has helped them to realize where their strengths are. Recently I emailed Kendra (an intern in 2019/2020) and she shared, "I actually got accepted into grad school for a Masters in Journalism. My time at iTeams actually really solidified the fact that I love research, writing, and storytelling — all of which prompted me to apply to the program."
Stephanie Schreuders, another former intern and current employee of Mennonite Central Committee, says she is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have participated in the Forge. "It was not only a great professional work experience, it was also an opportunity to grow both personally and spiritually. The staff at iTeams were intentional about investing in us, providing space for reflection and leadership development.
While on site in Burkina Faso, I had the opportunity to develop program evaluation, field research and report writing skills that I continue to use in my work today. The Forge helped me to clarify my passions and vision for the future as I contributed to the transformational development work of iTeams' partners around the globe."
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Program Specialist, iTeams Canada