¡Saludos desde Perú!

I will be interning for the nonprofit DiscoverHope Fund, a microcredit organization that “provides an opportunity for women in poverty to create their own prosperity through microcredit, entrepreneurship and training” (http://discoverhopefund.org/).  I will live and work in Cajamarca, Peru, a small town in the Andean mountains.   My internship responsibilities will include:  supporting the development of women’s business plans, helping  coordinate the community center’s classes for women, facilitating leadership workshops, interviewing women, and creating a site management manual.

This summer I hope to gain a better sense of what it’s like to manage development programs abroad.  I also hope to learn more about the realities of the lives of the poor in developing countries.  As I learn what skills and knowledge are most needed in the field of international development, I will be able to better focus my studies upon my return to LBJ, and learn the skills I need to become an effective advocate for pro-poor economic policies.  I also believe that getting to know the women that DiscoverHope Fund serves will inspire me to continue my studies at LBJ with a renewed vigor.

This internship will further my career goals because I will gain field experience working in a developing country (a necessity for anyone interested in international development work).  The skills and knowledge I will accumulate this summer will make me a more competitive candidate for jobs in international development organizations.   After graduation, I hope to spend several years working in Latin America for a development-oriented NGO, and then return to the U.S. to work for a global nonprofit that engages in economic development policy and advocacy.

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About amyknopnarbutis

Amy Knop-Narbutis is studying at the LBJ School of Public Affairs for her Masters in Global Policy Studies (expected 2011). She is focusing her studies on international development. Before coming to LBJ, Amy spent a year researching the impact of Fair Trade coffee certifications on gender equity in Costa Rica, funded by the U.S. Student Fulbright Program. Previously, she interned for Catholic Relief Services in Quito, Ecuador, where she developed Fair Trade initiatives with their local program partners. Amy attended Villanova University for undergrad, where she graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Liberal Arts and specializations in Latin American Studies, Peace and Justice Studies, Ethics and Spanish. She is a Philadelphia native who enjoys volunteering and participating in student groups in her spare time.

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