Jianing Wu is a 2014 MPP candidate, specializing in International Development. He interned at the Eurasia Foundation in Washington D.C. in the Summer and Fall of 2013.
I spent a wonderful summer and fall semester at the Eurasia Foundation. My major tasks were to assist in monitoring and reporting grant programs. Since it was my first office experience in the U.S, I found everything challenging. Apart from finding friendly-tasting food for lunch everyday, the most demanding part of the internship was about how to familiarize myself with the 13 small-grant projects as soon as possible. That required a lot of reading, exploring and cheeky communication with the supervisor. The most rewarding part of my internship was my interactions with different stakeholders. To fulfill my duty, I engaged in intensive communication with civil society leaders, scholars and a few officials in China. The president would sometimes bring the interns to events held by agencies such as Department of Commerce, Wilson Center, etc. which form valuable connections. The internship diversified my overseas experience and enhanced my understanding of NGO operation and management.
I am especially grateful to the MSPP community without which I might have spent the whole summer shopping, cooking or playing online games at home. The courses that I took at MSPP not only gave me a better understanding of program management, but also served as a bridge, connecting the Van Munching Hall to great governmental and non-governmental offices in the District of Columbia. I am also inspired by many prominent faculties with decades’ of professional experience working in the front-line of policymaking who have made contributions to changing the country’s fate. In addition, the school has a cocktail culture that blends diversified cultural elements and welcomes different opinions.
As a newcomer in the policy world, I am still exploring the very place I belong. But after my experience at the Foundation over the summer and the fall, I feel more committed, energetic and confident to continue my journey in the world of policy making and international development.