Elisabeth Gish from the U.S. works as Alliance Officer at Nexus-Carbon for Development. Nexus-Carbon for Development is a cooperative of development organizations acting for a better world by identifying, educating, and enabling the poor to have a real and improved access to, and control over, energy and other natural resources and services.
Elisabeth decided to look for a job outside the U.S. since it was difficult to find a job in international development there. She had the good luck to land a paid internship in Cambodia at Nexus-Carbon for Development, where she has been employed since.
On a typical workday, Elisabeth bicycles across Phnom Penh to the office and starts at 8 AM. She spends most of her time analysing survey data, doing fundraising research, and discussing projects with colleagues and staff at member and partner organizations around the world. Office hours end at 6 PM, but Elisabeth admits that she is rarely out on time.
Elisabeth chose to follow the International Development Studies programme since it allowed her to combine her interests in development and the environment. During the programme, she focused on Rural Development Sociology and did a minor in environmental policy.
She has a tip for students: “Make the most of your internship, because it provides you with practical experience. Develop your network and get out of Europe if you want to do international development work. Don’t be afraid to get on a plane and just go!”