I have now surpassed the halfway point of my three-month internship with Multilingual Community Interpreter Services (MCIS) in Toronto. For the past 8 weeks, the bulk of my time has been devoted to writing responses to Request for Proposals (RFPs) and developing a framework to help MCIS work towards its social impacts and measuring the outcomes of these impacts.
While a generalisation, it is accurate to say that many non-profits devote a large portion of their time and resources chasing scarce and short-term funding, in order to stay in business. It comes as no surprise then that I have written two RFP responses to date. I admit, I do feel the pressure of writing a winning response to these contracts because they are vital to MCIS’ financial sustainability and in turn MCIS’ ability to pursue its social justice agenda. The pressure to win has meant working 14 hour days. The first year MBA experience, with its punishing workload, has certainly prepared me well for these working conditions. Read more
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Rosen Enchev, European School of Management and Technology Age: 27 Nationality: Bulgarian Background: Rosen has worked as a management consultant in London where his focus was on strategic and operational challenges in the financial services industry. He hopes to further develop his leadership and analytical skills during his course.
Kim Johnstone, The University of Sydney Business School Age: 46 Nationality: Australian and New Zealander Background: Kim provides population insights to help plan for the future. In 2015 she was awarded the UN Women NC Australia MBA Scholarship with the University of Sydney Business School.
Laura Melina Loeven, Nanyang Business School, Singapore Age: 24 Nationality: German Background: Melina has been working as a procurement officer at a multinational life sciences company where she was responsible for sourcing of third party manufacturing services and sourcing event coordination on international scale. She perceives her MBA studies as a great opportunity to develop intercultural leadership skills and sharpen analytical thinking.
Eduardo Alvarado Vásquez, IE Business School Age: 31 Nationality: Peruvian Background: Eduardo is a medical resident using radiation therapy to improve cancer outcomes. He hopes to develop his management and leadership skills to increase the avialability of quality treatments in cancer.
Luca Sabia, Durham University Business School Age: 35 Nationality: Italian Background: Luca is a communications professional with eight years' experience. He sees his MBA as a way to broaden his perspectives in marketing and leadership.
Sunny Sheng, Copenhagen Business School Age: 35 Nationality: Chinese Background: Sunny has led several projects on cost savings and CO2 reduction and is looking forward to broadening her knowledge on responsible leadership and sustainable business.
Julia McInnis, Chicago Booth Age: 26 Nationality: United States Background: Julia has been working in as a film producer at an independent studio. She is pursuing an MBA to transition into entrepreneurship and a new role in the entertainment industry.
Bo Zhang, Columbia Business School Age: 29 Nationality: British Background: Bo has a degree in economics and has worked in finance for several years. He chose Columbia because of the value investing programme it offers.
Merih Ocbazghi, Kellogg School of Management Age: 25 Nationality: American (Eritrean origin) Background: Merih has a degree in civil engineering and has worked in government for four years. He hopes to move into the private sector.
Victoria Michelotti, Stern at NYU Age: 28 Nationality: American Background: Victoria has six years of marketing and PR experience in the cultural sector. She joined Stern to build on her management and analytical skills.
Philippa Rock, Wharton School Age: 28 Nationality: British Background: Philippa has a PhD in psychiatry and has been working at Cambridge Cognition in a scientific consultancy role. She chose Wharton because of the healthcare management major it offers.
Marta Szczerba, Harvard Business School Age: 24 Nationality: Polish/British Background: Marta is a Fulbright Scholar. She was drawn to a US-based programme because she wants to study in an optimistic "anything can happen" society. She has worked in consulting and e-commerce.