Written by Aqsa Hussain on 2016-07-05Back to overview
Lendahand's newest (and currently only) intern addition! My name is Aqsa and I
am 22 years old. Born and raised in London, with a Pakistani background, I
spent the last three years living and studying in Amsterdam. I recently
graduated from Amsterdam University College having studied a liberal arts and
sciences curriculum focusing on Political Science, International Relations and
Philosophy. In September 2016, I will be starting a master's program at the
London School of Economics called 'Economy, Risk and Society. Having worked in
diverse fields such as the NGO world, think tanks and the corporate world, I
have come to the tentative conclusion that I would like to pursue the fields of
international governance and development. Often considered naive and
idealistic, I still wholeheartedly believe that institutions such as the United
Nations have immense potential and would love to be part of their much needed
reform and continued development and impact.
summer I will work at Lendahand on various exciting projects which tie in with
my passions for development, as well as give me exposure to various new fields.
My thesis was about the role of the private sector in post-conflict
development, and with Lendahand focusing on emerging markets, this internship
serves as a great continuity of the topics I explored during my research.
Lendahand, I will be assisting the international roll-out of Lendahand to
London by doing research into areas such as potential collaboration with
UK-based social enterprises, access to funding and a marketing strategy.
Secondly, I will be looking more closely at how we can link the work we do at
Lendahand to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, specifically
focusing on goals 5 (gender equality), 8 (decent work and economic growth) and
17 (partnerships). Besides this, as an intern at a young company, I imagine
many random intern tasks will fall on my plate.
am excited for the next two months and will no doubt have an enriching
can get in touch via email or via LinkedIn if you have any