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Andrea from Lillehammer north of Oslo, Norway will be the student intern at the Embassy starting January 2016.Andrea from Lillehammer north of Oslo, Norway will be the student intern at the Embassy starting January 2016.

Meet the new intern at the Royal Norwegian Embassy

Last updated: 23.11.2015 // From January to June next year, Andrea Indrehus Furuli takes a break from her studies in Northern Norway to be a student intern at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Lilongwe.

Every six months, the Royal Norwegian Embassy to Malawi welcomes a Norwegian student to its offices in City Centre, Lilongwe. A student internship at the Embassy enables motivated students to familiarise themselves with daily life in the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, with development work in practice, and with the beautiful country and warm people of Malawi.

Andrea is a student of Peace and Conflict Transformation at the University of Tromsø in northern Norway. Previously, she studied development at the Oslo and Akershus University College. From January to June 2016, she will put her skills and knowledge into practice through contributing to the diverse tasks Embassy employees work on. The internship, she says, is both about contributing as well as learning and understanding: "Through my education, she says, it is easy to be critical of development aid and development strategies. Through the internship in Malawi, I hope to understand these strategies better and to grasp the complexity of development work in practice."

Andrea is particularly eager to work with education in Malawi, as she finds it to be of utmost importance to development. "Education promotes literacy and can, for example, contribute to reductions in early child marriages and Hiv/aids," she says. 

Apart from learning more about development work, Andrea is curious to learn about Malawi’s history and its cultural heritage. While media can provide some sides of the story, nothing compares to experiencing Malawi from within!

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