Intern Testimonies

Statements from Intern Alumni  

“I can’t describe with words the amount of teaching in my bags after Climate Centre and how ready I am to implement these teaching in the work field. Hopefully in the future, I will be creating spaces for true dialogs and implementing Climate Centre’s working methods”.  Q Ly  

“This experience has helped me to realize that I want to pursue a career that will enable me to conduct research with the objective of shaping policy. Knowing that this project will contribute to policy recommendations, and that it was developed with this aim in mind, has been highly energizing to me. I know the skills I have developed through this experience (including the ones I gained from the more challenging aspects of the project) will be invaluable to my future work. I would love to have the chance to participate in more of these kinds of policy-oriented research projects in the future. I am very grateful to have had this opportunity!” – R Brown  

“The quantitative skills and interests I gained from this placement will direct my future experiences hopefully towards working with Forecast-based financing which I find incredibly interesting”. – S Frederiksen     

“Overall, I’m grateful for the experience – it has inspired even more interest in the topic of Anticipatory Action, which I hope to keep learning about and working with. It has been inspiring to be around such intelligent and thoughtful people around the world that are working hard to change how humanitarian and development action is done. The Junior Researcher meetups were also really nice, I could connect and be goofy with my peers while learning about all the interesting projects they were all working on”. – J Smith  

“I appreciate the opportunity to learn about innovations and technologies that have been developed to mitigate and adapt to climate change in the humanitarian field, such as climate-smart DRR, nature-based solutions, and forecast-based financing”. “I am grateful about my experience at the Climate Centre as a junior researcher, as I was able to tap into two important issues: Climate Change and LGBTQ+ rights. I have one more year at Columbia University to finish my Master’s degree and I plan to continue to explore these issues at the school”. – M Ko  


“My placement was overall a fruitful experience. It was constructive to work with my supervisor on both the projects. The highlight was to contribute to a high-profile project to improve the social protection landscape in Sierra Leone. Through this experience, I felt my skills and knowledge were valued”.  -  S Verma  

“I learned how humanitarian work can intersect with climate change advocacy, how urban spaces are impacted by climate risks and how disaster management functions across various world regions”. - H Sizelove    

“As an aspiring anthropologist from MENA region, I definitely consider a future application of my experience with the Climate Center, because I believe that it is important for there to be community involvement from MENA in crafting, determining, and adopting measures for adaptation. As a result of this experience, I am more excited than ever to tackle the issue of Climate change in MENA through research, and youth-led advocacy. I hope in the future to be able to do research or/ and develop approaches and tools with the climate center that are focused on MENA” – R Haji Naif  

Junior Researchers may send their applications to Climate Centre

Junior Researchers may send their applications to Climate Centre

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Example tasks of former Junior Researchers

-COVID Green Recovery  

-Writing working papers and articles being published online (e.g., Early Warning Early Action (EWEA) in Secondary Cities in South Asia)

-Supporting the development of the Urban Starter Kit for Red Cross Red Crescent branches  

-Supporting the empirical research (collecting documents, research papers, videos/documentaries) for the development of the Climate Training Kit (CTK)  

-Conducting a review of existing disaster management legislation in priority countries to determine the extent to which heat related emergencies are captured and able to receive humanitarian finance for risk reduction and response. 

-Learning the different components of an early action protocol: how one determines the thresholds / danger level, how one conducts needs assessments; select vulnerable and exposed areas with high risk of suffering, how one selects beneficiaries for an intervention, and the fundamental way of constructing a theory of change. 

Evaluating the effects of anticipatory humanitarian cash transfers on the recipient population before the 2019 floods in Bangladesh vis-á-vis a population that received post-disaster. 

-Assisting with the design and implementation of a project on community-based Early Warning Early Action (EWEA) systems in Tuvalu and Palau for a 5 year project entitled “Enhancing Climate Information and Knowledge Services in the Pacific Ocean.” 

-Supporting episode development of Can’t Take the Heat Podcast (available on Spotify)  

-Updating heatwave literature database 

-Supporting the literature review and research on “AA & peacebuilding”  

-Completing the trigger database  

-Supporting for Anticipation Hub team, including writing blog posts and uploading JR research  

-Support populating the Interactive World Map with current youth initiatives.   

-Support with monitoring and evaluation efforts to track current progress to the Red 
Cross Red Crescent Strategy on Youth-Led Climate Action.    

-Hosting events such as the “Leaving No One Behind: Including LGBTQ+ in Responses to Climate Disasters” 

Presenting during events such as the presentation of findings of the review in an ignite talk for the Climate Summit 

Live blogging of Dialogue Platform events