Over the years, Together has had a variety of talented and hard-working interns who have made an invaluable contribution and have gone on to do great things.
Read on to learn about some of Together's interns, what they did, their background and where they are now.
John Walker - Events Intern (2018)
I joined together as an Events Intern in September 2018 to organise the Scottish Children's Rights Action Plan Consultation Conference. I had heard a lot about Together through my work as an MSYP (Almond Valley, West Lothian) and when the opportunity to be involved and work with the charity came up I jumped at it. Working here for the past few weeks has proven to me how challenging it can be to work in the third sector, but it has also shown me how rewarding it is when something you've done pays off. My time here has allowed me to build on my organisational and communication skills which I'm sure will help me in anything else I decide to do.
Joanna Shepherd - Policy and Research Intern (2016)
I joined Together in the summer of 2016 as a Policy and Research Intern to assist with the writing of the State of Children's Rights report. After graduating with an MSc in Health Inequalities and Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh in 2016, where I undertook research on the health impacts of informal caregiving in minority ethnic communities, I continued working at Together as an Assistant Policy and Communications Officer and then as a Policy Officer. I recently left Together to undertake a new role as Policy and Advocacy Officer at Plan International. My role at Together enabled me to build significant knowledge of children's rights and human rights systems, and I hope that I'll be able to apply these skills when advocating for children's rights at an international level.
Nick Moodie - Policy and Research Intern (2016)
I joined Together as an intern in June 2016, after having left legal research work in Melbourne to further my legal education in Edinburgh. It was an exciting time to be involved with Together as the 2016 UNCRC Concluding Observations were released soon after I joined, and Juliet and the team began evaluating its contents immediately. This document was a valuable starting point for a comprehensive review of the state of children’s rights in Scotland undertaken by Together, which resulted in the 2016 State of Children’s Rights report. I was lucky enough to contribute to a number of chapters of this report, using information previously gathered from consultation with Together’s members as well as research into recent developments in legislation and policy impacting the well-being of children in Scotland. My time with Together also allowed me to attend and participate in conferences, training days, discussions with partner organisations and meetings at Parliament- I felt I was right in the centre of the action for policy development on children’s rights in Scotland, and enjoyed every moment of my time with the wonderful Together team.
Katie Walsh - Development Intern (2015)
Before I started my internship at Together, I worked for a private sector consultancy company for four years. I decided that I wanted a career change, and I was drawn to the third sector as I have always loved volunteering. Working with children's charities in India, Uganda and Peru also gave me a keen interest in children's rights. It was hard to find a job in the charity sector without any professional experience, but the position at Together finally gave me the chance I needed.
My role at Together was to develop a business plan for a new training programme in children's rights directed at public bodies and NGOs, specifically focused on the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. I also helped the Policy and Communications Officer to deliver training seminars at a conference in Aberdeen. The work was challenging and stimulating, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I also had a great time working with the Together team who were extremely welcoming, friendly and supportive.
Because of the skills and experience I gained through the internship, I was able to get a permanent job with an international public health charity supporting business development activities for the organisation. I now work in London developing supporter communications for a homelessness charity called St Mungo's. Together gave me the skills, knowledge and confidence to pursue the career I really wanted in the charity sector.
Liz Millership - Membership and Events Intern (2014)
I started as a Membership and Events intern for Together working 2 days a week in September 2014, on returning to the UK from my teaching job in Japan. Working with Together's membership base of 300 allowed me to quickly get a feel for the sector I was working in, the policy and legislative environment and key stakeholders involved. My first large task was to assist in the organisation of Together's 2014 State of Children's Rights report launch.
My role as an intern shifted and progressed from 2 days a week, to 3 days and eventually to full time, from intern to assistant to officer and then, finally, to Policy and Communications Officer. After leaving Together at the end of 2017, I have since joined the World Food Programme in Dubai as Senior Operational Management and Communications Officer .
Ross Oke - Policy and Research Intern (2013)
I interned at Together in 2013 to gain a better understanding of children's rights. Before joining, I cofounded and worked at a child rights NGO that focused specifically on adoption abuses in Korea. Despite this experience, I wanted to move into other areas of children's rights, and Together facilitated this by exposing me to a wide variety of issues. Some of the work included contacting people to participate in seminars for the State of Children's Rights Report and assisting the staff with policy-related papers.
Since leaving, I've continued working with international and local child rights NGOs in different capacities, including representing these groups during UN treaty body reviews on Korea. I currently serve as the human rights adviser in Green Asia Network, an environmental NGO that works with environmental refugees, building sustainable communities in Myanmar and Mongolia. My primary tasks include mainstreaming human and child rights-based approaches throughout our work.
Denys Salas - Policy & Research Intern (2013)
I am originally from Ecuador, and have worked in the non-profit field for over 13 years. I received my Masters of Science in Childhood Studies from the school of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. I interned for Together in 2013, assisting in the development of the State of Children's Rights Report. During my graduate studies, I wrote my thesis on, "What does education mean to me? An exploratory research project on the views on education about institutionalized and non-institutionalized children in Petropolis, Brasil" where I conducted focus groups and individual interviews with orphan children and children with families in Petropolis, Brasil.
I have worked in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention and education since 2008. My program management experience ranges from building homes for individuals who were affected by natural disasters, coordinating a nutritional food program and emotional support groups for women living with HIV and AIDS, developing an after school arts program for high school students in rural Mozambique, providing shelter for homeless youth, and coordinating services for individuals affected by domestic violence. I am currently the Assistant Director of Voces Latinas where I oversee all programs, assist with the agency's operations, and supervise a diverse team committed to addressing the impact of HIV.
Emma Grindulis - Policy Intern (2012)
Now Programme Officer, Child Rights Connect, Geneva
Dhanishtha Kuruvilla - Policy Intern (2012)
Now Membership and Engagement Associate, Girls Not Brides
Emma and Dhanishtha both interned at Together in 2012, assisting with policy and communication. During the same year, they both graduated with Masters degrees in Children's Policy Studies at the University of Edinburgh. They then both worked at Eurochild, where Emma was on secondment from Together as Advocacy and Parliamentary Officer, and Dhanishtha was a Policy and Advocacy Trainee.