By Renew Capital Marketing and Communications Team | Fri May 19 2023
Everyday opportunities for gaining professional experience in private sector development and investment
Have you ever wondered what an average day for an intern at Renew Capital looks like? I joined the Renew Capital internship program in Ethiopia after I graduated with my economics degree from Addis Ababa University. During my time at Renew Capital, I’ve learned a lot about the working world, met many kind and inspiring people, received mentorship from great leaders and have been involved with very interesting projects, events and tasks.
No day is exactly like the other in an internship. It can be exciting, bustling, unexpected and unplanned, but when you’re working to make the best of your experience, it’s extremely rewarding.
Here’s what my typical day looks like:
My alarm goes off at 7:00 am. It's time to get up and get ready for work. After a couple of snoozes, then anxiously thinking about what I have scheduled for the day, I’m up and excited to get busy. I need to get to work by 8:30 am, so I put on a nice pair of black pants, a blouse and sweater, and a pair of cute boots and I've got a stylish semi-casual outfit for the day. Then, I’m out the door and driving to work while listening to my current favorite podcast, "How I Built This by Guy Raz?" which was recommended by Matt Davis, our CEO, in one of the exec’s sessions.
Our office is not far from where I live, so I get there within 30 minutes on a good day. The office is beautiful with windows all around. Around 8:30 am, I arrive at the office and head to my desk. My desk space essentials are usually coffee or tea, water, a notepad for notes and to-do lists, my AirPods and lipgloss. After unpacking, I open my laptop and check my email and calendar. I look over my calendar and see what the priorities are for the day and if I have free time, I try to assist anyone and support any project. A tip I try to remind myself is to ask whether my manager or another employee in any department needs help. Everyone always appreciates a helping hand and sometimes they can get too busy to delegate work.
I have meetings with various departments throughout the day where I can learn more about them, find out what's coming up and find out if there are any prospective projects or events I can assist with. When meetings are completed, I return to my daily activities, which mostly involve training sessions and in-depth research on various topics. I enjoy researching different subjects since it takes me down unexpected rabbit holes and teaches me new information. When it’s finally lunchtime, I heat up the lunch I packed and sit with my colleagues. We are a group of people with different cultures and backgrounds so the conversations we have are always interesting which makes lunchtime so much fun.
When lunch is over and I go back to work, I try to keep myself energized by drinking some coffee. My most productive hours are in the morning so I try to finish my harder tasks at that time. In the afternoon, I do the tasks that seem easier to me. When the day is finally over, I pack up my things and say, “Good night and see you tomorrow” to my colleagues for yet another work day. I usually finish my day by going to the gym, reading a book and spending time with my friends and family. And who knows what the next thing I will be assisting with tomorrow which makes it the best part of my internship experience.
Renew Capital’s internships offer recent graduates based in Africa the opportunity to work on various investment and private sector development projects that will enhance their professional skills and gain work experience in an international firm operating across six African countries. Apply here!
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