My Internship at MEDA

My name is Tianyu Wu, and I am the Monitoring and Impact Measurement team’s intern. I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in Quantitative Finance at the University of Waterloo. Apart from my academic life, I have many hobbies, for example singing, playing badminton, and reading.

“Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”

– Aristotle

I love reading; I believe what the 17th century English writer Joseph Addison said about this activity, that “reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” Moreover, reading gives me the opportunity to communicate with some of the greatest souls from past centuries. One of them is Aristotle, who once said “happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” I truly believe this and I think to achieve this ultimate goal, we, as human beings, must first meet our basic needs. Hence, addressing poverty becomes the first and foremost mission for humankind. I deeply appreciate MEDA’s mission, since it manages to incorporate business solutions to poverty and presents chances for people, like me, to use what we have learned to positively impact the community. This is one of the main reasons I wanted to join MEDA and thankfully, I have been given this opportunity to make my contributions.

“A great learning opportunity, a professional and positive company culture, and a super-friendly and caring community.”

Looking back on the past few months, I would like to summarize my internship with three phrases: a great learning opportunity, a professional and positive company culture, and a a super-friendly and caring community. Firstly, I have gained a great learning experience during my internship. By interacting with co-workers inside and across teams, I have improved my interpersonal skills greatly, including effective communication and efficient coordination skills. I have also practiced my professional writing skills during my support for the GROW2 project. Regarding this technical area, I have learned a new data processing tool, called Power BI. This is a very strong application, which is part of the Microsoft Suite. After connecting Power BI with Dynamic 365 data, real-time data refreshing becomes available, which means whenever the data in Dynamic 365 is changed, a Power BI report can reflect this change in no time. I have learned how to update the “Telling MEDA Story” by building a Power BI report which compares the actual data result with target data from Dynamic 365, and to present them by using the built-in Power BI visualization tool. The “Telling MEDA Story” could later serve as a database for Partnerships and New Business Development (PNBD) and Global Programs. Overall, this internship in MEDA has enriched me with many learning experiences, which will benefit me very much in my future career.

” I think a professional and positive company culture sets a cornerstone for its success in business and MEDA’s core values are one great example.”

Another aspect I am highly impressed with is MEDA’s professional and positive company culture. I will always remember the core MEDA values: collaboration, accountability, respect, and entrepreneurship. I appreciate these four words as I can see from my internship that MEDA is practicing its values not only in their business decision-making, but also in their day-to-day operations and their interactions with other businesses and the public. I think a professional and positive company culture sets a cornerstone for its success in business and MEDA’s core values are one great example. This core MEDA value helps create a working space that is professional and inclusive, embracing creativity and inspiring innovations.

Lastly, I appreciate MEDA’s super-friendly and caring community. During my internship, I have received support from both inside and cross teams. My manager set up a welcome meeting on my first day here in MEDA, where I met my awesome team members. We even had this great chance of getting together on site in June. It was so fun that we got to meet each other in person and shared interesting life stories together, not to mention the ongoing support and warm caring from all my team members. Thank you, Yasir, Nicole, Rolene, and Rhode, that I have this sense of belonging and home-like feeling. I am much appreciated for it, and it is definitely one of my precious memories in my work life.

“I will definitely miss these open and sincere conversations, as well as this super-friendly, caring, and compassionate community.”

In addition, I also know we have the Green Team that helps raise awareness for environmental protection and the Club MEDA that holds awesome activities such as MEDA cookbook, Acronyms Trivia and even the Ice Cream Social. Moreover, we also have the close and loving intern group for 2022. During the past few months, we regularly had our intern check-in meetings where we had many fun icebreaker games and we were free to talk about anything regarding work or life, whether it is a problem or is something we achieved. I will definitely miss these open and sincere conversations, as well as this super-friendly, caring, and compassionate community.

All in all, my internship at MEDA was fulfilling, constructive, and fun. I am very grateful to be given this opportunity to be part of this great community and to meet these lovely people. I wish all the best for everyone and MEDA in the future. I will miss MEDA and always think of it fondly.

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