Yesterday Eileen and I popped along to Shoreditch, East London to visit Eleanor who is hard at work at Idea (the international debate education association). Eleanor has been researching female participation at debating competitions which has meant analysing a huge amount of data!
Eleanor’s supervisor Manos told us a bit more about the charity. We were surprised by its size; the website receives up to 3 million unique visitors in a year and Idea has offices in several countries. Interns at Idea often later go on to be full time members of staff at the organisation so Eleanor is getting some great experience.
Manos told us that taking on Eleanor through Charity Insights has been a “fantastic opportunity”. He went on to say that “for many charities the ability to grow and take on extra staff is limited, therefore Charity Insights has given us the luxury of getting a project done that we normally wouldn’t have been able to do”. He also expressed how it was great to have an intern from a science background as the majority of interns and staff have studied humanities or law.
Eleanor will still be hard at work for a week or so but feels that so far she has grown in confidence and enjoyed the office dynamics of working for a charity. Food for thought for future career planning!