I am more than lucky to have this wonderful opportunity to intern at the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) during this winter break, the experience of which has definitely furthered my understanding of the prominent international think tank.
As the government-affiliated think tank, ADBI clearly elucidates its role as “provides intellectual input for policy makers in ADB’s developing member countries (DMCs)”. By making strategic use of the professionals’ expertise, ADBI helps to promote policy dialogues among senior DMC policy makers through the analysis of emerging policy issues in both medium and long-term perspectives.
The one-month internship at ADBI enabled me to have a closer view of the inside work at think tank. The workplace at ADBI was far beyond my expectation, and indeed impressed me with its cultural diversity. Here I could meet people from various backgrounds and the overall atmosphere was very international. Everyone I met at ADBI was nice and helpful. I was also privileged to talk to people that have been experts in the policy-making field.
I worked as the intern for the research department, and mainly helped to collect data for my supervisor’s different projects. I learnt a lot from my supervisor who was always patient and willing to teach me about some economic policies in China. It is possible that I will continue to work as a research assistant for her even after I finished my internship.
ADB is right across from ADBI. One fascinating thing about interning at ADBI is that there are always different events going on, and you can participate in the lectures that are usually held by the professionals from either the World Bank or other prestigious international organizations. ADBI is really a cool place where you are actually working and learning at the same time.
The only pity I have for this internship is that I did not have enough time to improve my quantitative skills through my work, given that one-month was very short. Nevertheless, interning at ADBI was one of the greatest experiences that I have ever had, and I am truly grateful to GraSPP for this precious chance.