Ivana Djukic was a Graduate Scholar in 2015 when she interned for the Save the Children.
Where are you from?
Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Where did you go to school? What did you study?
I received my M.A. in International Affairs with a focus in conflict and conflict resolution from the Elliott School at the George Washington University
What was the best part of your internship?
The best part of my internship was gaining professional experience in my field of study that far exceeded meager administrative tasks. Working at Save the Children allowed me a glimpse at my future dream job that combines my passion for humanitarian issues and youth development. I was charged with projects that were beyond typical intern tasks and given the opportunity to represent the humanitarian advocacy team at high level meetings with government representatives and respected NGO colleagues.
What lessons did you learn that you would like to pass on to future interns?
Networking is intimidating at first but the key to success. The relationships you develop are just as, if not more than, important than the technical skills you learn. Take time to listen to others’ stories and ask genuine questions – not just ones you think you should be asking.
What are you doing now?
I’m currently working as a program analyst for the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP), an office within the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice that works with foreign governments to develop professional and transparent law enforcement institutions. As a Program Analyst, I provide oversight and manage the multi-million dollar budgets for ICITAP’s law enforcement development programs in Serbia, Croatia, and INTERPOL.
What do you hope to be doing in 10 years?
I hope to be working in an NGO or non-profit dedicated to conflict resolution or humanitarian relief in some capacity, particularly one that focuses on the nexus of youth and violent conflict.
What is your favorite book and what are you reading now?
My favorite book is one I read in high school – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I recently lent a copy to my little sister who is now in high school and she breezed through it in no time. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who hasn’t read it yet.
Tell us a fun fact!
I just got married to my high school sweetheart on July 22, 2016, followed by a honeymoon in Aruba!