It was a very contrasting set of emotions today. On the one hand, I am really happy that I have gained valuable experience working with a microfinance bank and pharmaceutical in Pakistan. On the other, I probably know deep in my heart that in general, nonprofits are not for me, and no matter how much I want to help my people, it will probably have to be in a different capacity. I expect my ideas about a career to become more concrete as I plough through senior year.
Having two subsequent internships was a very rewarding experience. At Pharmagen, I was working directly with the Head of Water department, while at Kashf, I was working as member of the Operations and Research department. The work assigned was very different too. I worked on one project throughout the course of the internship at Pharmagen, while I worked at different things almost every day at Kashf. The field trips at Kashf were probably the biggest draw, while Pharmagen provided some valuable networking opportunities.
When I did not find the right opportunity in the US, I came to Pakistan, started the internship process very late, worked the phones day and night, and eventually obtained the relevant internships related to finance and nonprofits. My cold-calling experience at First Financial was a good stepping stone to my work at Pharmagen and Kashf this summer. I look forward to connecting these experiences with full-time opportunities in the Fall.