Monday, June 26, 2017

Saisers Share their Summer Intern Journals

Every summer, Saisers in our Master of Arts program undertake internships around the world. Their unique experiences give them the opportunity to apply their academic preparation to the field of interest. Given the diversity of internships globally, SAIS Europe Admissions wanted to share some of our students’ journals directly with our incoming Fall 2017 Class. Below is the first diary entry from rising second MA student, Gaston Melo Felgueres, a Mexican national who is a conflict management concentrator.

Following my first year of study at SAIS Bologna, I was accepted this summer to intern for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), located in Paris, France. Although I already had work experience in multilateral institutions, I really enjoyed learning about the mission of the department I am in, the Development Centre.
Ministerial Meeting on Latin America Forum at the OECD
As stated on its website, the mission of the OECD is “to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world” by providing “a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems.” The Development Centre is one of the only departments of the OECD that works with emerging market countries. It is composed of regional teams, such as the Latin America and Caribbean, West Africa and Sahel Club and various others. It aims to provide sound policy recommendations to these emerging economies in order to better approach “OECD standards”.

OECD Forum
I was assigned to the Director’s Office, while rotating with the Latin Americana and Africa teams. In my first week, I have already had quite a fulfilling experience. I was able to attend a forum with the Presidents of Peru and Guatemala, as well as meetings with Ministers from Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and Guatemala.

Throughout this summer, I will be given more responsibly than I have had in any of my previous jobs. I am currently analysing the regional integration between Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance, while working on SMEs integrations into global value chains for the Latin American Economic Outlook 2018, a publication which analyses issues related to Latin America’s economic and social development and destined to share experiences and good practices with the region’s public officials.)

Gaston Melo Felgueres (left) at
OECD Networking function

People at the OECD are incredibly diverse, and they encourage friendship among co-workers, organizing happy hours or athletic activities. I have been incredibly pleased with what I’ve learned and I am VERY glad that I took International Trade Class this past spring at SAIS Europe before coming here!

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