YUVA Internship Experience

My Internship at YUVA: A Fulfilling Experience

I had never thought I would be doing an internship at YUVA, but now that I have done it, I don’t regret it. I was impressed by the number of projects and initiatives they take to help people, especially young people. It’s nice to see an organisation committed to achieving its goals. So I didn’t hesitate to apply for an internship there.

I found out about YUVA on the Internet. I was researching internship opportunities. I finally came across the YUVA website and saw that the organisation had an internship programme, which immediately piqued my interest, and of course, I took a chance. I got a response very quickly, and it was great. At first, I wasn’t sure what to expect and if I would feel lost. But as the course progressed, I was immediately guided, and I knew right away that it would go well.

There are always apprehensions when you start a course, and I certainly had some, but I overcame them. All you have to do is do your best and believe you can always do better. You also have to be open to constructive criticism. It was a professional setting where I was supervised and guided in what I was doing.  I realised how important and serious the work I was doing was. This did not discourage me. On the contrary, I was more motivated to do better and improve myself.

I am currently studying Politics, Human Rights and International Relations at the University of Mauritius. Finding internships is difficult, but I was lucky enough to intern at YUVA. I was assigned to content writing and wrote articles according to the titles I was given. As a student, I am used to writing a lot, but this was a first for a piece that many people will read. I liked writing about the things I have learned related to my work. It’s rewarding to know that you’re helping to inform people better while helping the organisation.

In a way, I have grown during my internship, and I am happy about that. I’ve had some very insightful comments about my writing style. They also gave me a lot of advice on how to improve and submit better-quality work. In addition, feeling accompanied and receiving valuable and meaningful feedback was very good. I had the opportunity to write on topics that fascinate me, such as politics in Mauritius, human rights, and international relations. I also had some challenges, such as writing about subjects I had never tackled before and subjects far from my field of study, but that didn’t stop me. If I lacked information, I did my research and made sure I provided good content. Most importantly, I received a lot of encouragement to excel.

I enjoyed being an intern at YUVA and having this opportunity. Such an organisation that gives opportunities to young people is excellent. I worked on my own and submitted papers on time. I didn’t mind, and for the meetings, it was online. I was able to do my best to meet the deadlines. It also teaches you to be a bit more responsible. And because I had to hand in my work, I learned to be more critical of myself and make sure I approved my writing.  At first, I was very concerned about my writing and worried that I wouldn’t live up to expectations, but I didn’t let that get me down, and I’m glad I did my best. I learned a lot and grew from the experience.

I am proud of the internship I did for an award-winning NGO like YUVA and of being able to add this work experience to my CV. This internship has been helpful and has broadened my horizons about my future career options. Of course, nothing is ever totally easy and quickly executed, but that’s what an internship teaches you. I liked doing content writing, and I also liked the different challenges I had to face.

Léonard Marie Mégane, BA (Hons) Politics, Human Rights and International Relations student, University of Mauritius

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Registered in February 2015, YUVA started as a group of enthusiastic individuals, and today it has mobilised thousands of young people with a simple aim of creating a better future for children and youth of Mauritius. At the heart of YUVA’s duty lies the conviction that the collective destinies of the human race are bound together.

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