Economics Major, Business and Management Minor
Prajwal Man Tuladhar is an intern at the United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP) in Nepal, where he's involved
with the Support to Participatory Constitution Building in Nepal (SPCBN) project. His responsibilities include analyzing reports submitted by organizations funded by the UNDP. Prajwal received a grant from the Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies to help with travel expenses to and from his internship site.
Describe your day-to-day experiences.
My work starts at 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and every day I'm required to read reports and proposals submitted by various organizations that have been funded by UNDP to achieve their proposed programs. Then I have to analyze whether the budget provided to the organizations was effective and put to use in an efficient manner. Occasionally I meet up with the president and directors of some of the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) and learn about their projects, programs, future goals, and the role they have in building the constitution in Nepal.
What has been the best part of your internship so far?
Learning and meeting the presidents of various organizations that represent marginalized groups of people has been a fun experience for me so far. The friendly and professional environment at the office (photo below) and working under the deputy national project manager has also been an amazing experience. But I guess what's more exciting is the fact that I am going to be a part of the economic and political development of Nepal.
What inspired you to pursue the internship?
Having studied in India for nine years and then pursuing further education in the U.S., I thought this internship would be a really good opportunity for me to learn about Nepal and the political instability that it's been going through for years. I am also interested in learning the ways in which the UNDP provides assistance to underdeveloped countries.
Can you give an example of how your in-classroom and/or out-of-the-classroom experiences at Knox have benefited you in the internship?
My experience at Knox, so far, has helped me look into situations with a wider perspective and has helped me to think critically. Also, writing intensive classes have helped and improved my writing skills, and this has definitely been a plus point at the internship. In particular, my Labor Economics class prepared me well, where I was required every week to critically analyze and write quick reports regarding economic issues. The kind of exposure Knox has given me and the exposure I had with the Galesburg community while doing the Galesburg Farmers' Market research made me more confident in dealing with people and understanding their perspective.
In addition, I will be taking an economic development class, and this internship experience will definitely help me bring new ideas and experience into the classroom.