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Feeling at Home: My Global Peace Foundation Internship in Malaysia

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By Iman Ashraf

When Global Peace Foundation (GPF) set its vision to be “One Family Under God,” it was a true testament to the kind of organization it was. As an intern, I was able to witness this family spirit first hand in the organization’s day-to-day interactions. It doesn’t matter what background you come from, your religion, skin color, or political affiliation; everyone is treated like they are a part of the team. We get to brainstorm ideas together and share our experiences, both personal and professional, during the weekly meetings. It is that spirit of togetherness that makes everyone feel at home.

Iman Ashraf (front, second from left) with her diverse GPF Malaysia family

One of the very fond memories I have from this experience is representing GPF at public events. Not only were those events a firsthand experience in the corporate world, they were also very personal in their own way to me. Speaking on behalf of GPF to other companies and being able to explain the kind of charity work we do everyday was certainly a highlight in  my internship. I not only had to garner the confidence to speak to industry professionals on the spot, but I also had to step up my social skills. By the end of those events, I discovered aspects about myself that I never knew existed before. I was never going to be able to accomplish that if I did not feel the support of everyone around me. I knew that even if words failed me, my seniors at GPF  would back me up at anytime. I made mistakes and learned on the job.

It is sad that my internship at GPF  has ended; however, unlike other organizations, GPF  has a unique trait of keeping its old staff and interns close by. One can always come back as a volunteer or even make a casual visit and catch up with everyone at the office. The people in office are always welcoming, and love good company.

I am grateful to everyone for their kind support, and I am excited to enter the next chapter of my life, using all the knowledge and experience I have gained from Global Peace.