ComDev alumni interviews: Irina Bernebring Journiette

by Rebecca Bengtsson on April 1, 2014

in Alumni,Comdev News,ComDev14

Irina width=Irina Bernebring Journiette graduated from ComDev in June 2013. Irina has a BA in Journalism and Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution as well as an MA in Theology, Religion in Peace and Conflict.

– I am still in the process of establishing a career but I have been working in Sweden at a news paper and conducted an internship at the Embassy of Sweden in Saudi Arabia as a Political officer and as a Communication officer at United Nations Economic and Social Commission of Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand. One of the things that I liked the most with ComDev was the possibility to combine my studies with my need to explore the world. Being part-time and online I was able to continue my studies while at the same time conducting the internship in Saudi Arabia and maintaining an otherwise active lifestyle. Within the programme I was also able to take advantage of great opportunities such as the Minor Field Studies grant, which meant that I was able to conduct research for my Degree Project in the field in Kenya.

What were some of the best parts of ComDev in your opinion? 

– The Degree Project seminar and other sessions and workshops that were held were great as they provided me with an opportunity to network with other students and exchange ideas and best practices about working within the ComDev field. It was also fun to learn about the other projects and experience how diverse the field actually is and how many different perspectives there are upon the topics at hand.

How do you believe that ComDev will be useful for you in your future career?

– I definitely believe that the programne will be beneficial to me as it provided me with a solid theoretical framework to start my career within the ComDev field. During the recruitment process for the internship within the United Nations my experience as well as my education was what gave me the upper hand above other applicants.  The opportunities that I had whilst studying, such as working and conducting research in Saudi Arabia and Kenya are also great merits that I will bring with me out in the world.

About ComDev
Communication for Development is one-year, online-based master’s programme running over two years part-time. The application window for ComDev is open until 15 April. For more information on how to apply, go to University Admissions.

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