I applied for the internship to advance my research skills to be a policy analyst in the field of economic development. Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) was the best place to begin with as it is the renowned research institute for economic development in Asia. Also, I hoped to explore the working environment in the international organization that I have never been exposed as staff. During my internship, I could learn how public policy research is done in ADBI by working together with economists for policy brief and what skill sets are needed for a would-be policy researcher.
As a research intern, my job was to conduct research on women-led exporters in collaboration with junior and senior economists at the ADBI. Our paper is soon to be published as an ADBI policy brief and a blog post. My main task was to use STATA to get descriptive statistics from the ADBI 2016 survey data on exporters around the world and make an interesting explanation for women-led exporters’ behaviors in line with the previous literature.
What benefits me most during the internship was that I had a chance to apply what I have learned in Econometrics class at school to analyze data. Moreover, well-organized research duties helped me understand the overall process to conduct policy research in the international organization even in the short-period. Also, my supervisor’s careful mentoring was very helpful to plan ahead for my future career.
During my internship, I learned valuable lessons for the next step in my career. Most of all, I realized what I am lacking to be a policy analyst, working with other established professionals. Now I know that I need more quantitative analysis skills and research experiences in a specific theme related to economic development to be who I like to be. After completing the research internship at the ADBI, I became ever more focused on what to do to be an expert in public policy and economic development.