Gaining Professional Skills at IUCN

I have been working for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as an intern for nearly four months. Thanks to the help of many experts here, I have already gained many working experiences and lessons that are very important and useful for my career in the future. Indeed, I really love working here not only for the professional working environment, but also for the IUCN staff, who are very kind and willing to explain concepts and assignments to me.

Trang (left) and colleagues at an IUCN book launch.

I chose to work at IUCN as an intern for several reasons. Firstly, my major at university is Environmental Economics and Management. IUCN is such a famous and prestigious international organisation that supports the government and the community in environmental and natural resource protection. “Working in this organisation will give me broader knowledge of my field,” I thought. Secondly, after a period volunteering for a government office, I was interested in working with an organisation that supports policy outside an official government framework. The biggest feature that distinguishes IUCN from other conservation organisations such as WWF, MCD, etc. is its long history of supporting the government in drawing up and editing laws and policies related to the environment.

My tenure here can be divided into two stages: before and after November 15, 2008. From August 15 to November 15, 2008, I provided general support to the entire IUCN Viet Nam office. My main tasks were conference preparation, translation, reception, publication arrangement and some other tasks related to communications. During that time, I had a chance to join a conference on farmland biodiversity and received much useful information. From November 15 to now, I mainly support Ms. Nguyen Thi Yen, working as a Forest and Protected Area intern. Thanks to the acceptance of senior staff members, I have become an official intern of IUCN Viet Nam and have more chances to join conferences and trips outside Hanoi. My favorite task is writing conference notes because I can learn useful lessons while listening to the speeches.

To tell the truth, without the help and support of many kind experts here, I would not have had so many opportunities to gain professional skills. In my opinion, even the smallest task such as making a photocopy or answering the phone can lead to personal fulfillment. As is often said, before carrying out the big tasks, you have to carry out the smallest tasks successfully.

Dao Minh Trang

Viet Nam
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