Aina Eriksson

Aina Eriksson at SEI Headquarters. Photo: Mischa Andrews / SEI.

  • Q

    What did you do before joining SEI?

    A

    I completed my Bachelor’s in International and European Law, and my Master’s in Communication for Development. Then I did a few internships. The most recent one was in South Africa, where I was a legal intern for a local NGO in the Western Cape region that assisted landless people with reclaiming their land.

  • Q

    Where did you grow up?

    A

    My mother’s from the Philippines, and my father’s from Sweden. During my childhood I spent half the year in the Philippines and half the year in Sweden, so I would say I’m from both countries. But when I joined SEI for an internship in 2019, I hadn’t lived here in over 9 years. So I actually moved back for my internship.

  • Q

    What kind of work do you do now?

    A

    I work as a Communications Officer, primarily with projects to do with sustainable consumption and production. I create communications strategies for the projects, write policy briefs and blog pieces, and I oversee production processes, like the creation of websites and other communication products.

  • Q

    What is SEI like as a workplace?

    A

    SEI is a very international workplace, especially for Sweden. There are many people who work here who come from different countries, and so the environment is very international. Given that I’ve grown up in two different continents and my mother tongue is English, I’ve felt very comfortable working at SEI.

  • Q

    What makes your work important?

    A

    There is a lot of good research coming out of SEI, and I think very often the research world doesn’t spend enough time on connecting the research to the global context. At SEI there’s a strong effort in bridging the gap between research and policy-making. I think that communication of research is a very important part of building a better society. It is not enough to just do the research – we must also make sure it is visible and accessible to as many people as possible.

  • Q

    Would you recommend joining SEI as an intern?

    A

    Definitely. I learned a lot during my internship and I was challenged on a daily basis. There’s a lot of flexibility in the type of work you want to take on. You can choose to focus on learning how the organization works and its processes, and you can also take on concrete tasks that contribute to a project.

    From my experience there is trust in you as an intern to carry out your tasks. This type of environment gives you the chance to grow and learn.

    Also, because of the global network that SEI works with, it’s a very good springboard for future jobs. I’ve been able to create a very broad and valuable network, both as a Communications Officer and when I was an intern.

    So I would definitely recommend the internship at SEI. It’s a chance to grow as an individual and learn valuable skills that you can take wherever you go.

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