GIS Student Heading for Dream Internship in Rome

CEES Helps Advanced Diploma Student Land Stint with United Nations


When Alexandra Winter began researching internships as part of her Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Advanced Diploma, she dared to dream. Next week, Winter travels to Rome to begin a four-month stint with the exact organization she coveted.

It started earlier this year when Winter was sitting in the Selkirk College Co-op Education and Employment Services (CEES) office on the Castlegar Campus discussing her options with CEES Manager Brenda Smith.

GIS student off to Rome

Alexandra Winter leaves for Rome next week to begin a four-month GIS internship with the World Food Programme.

“When Brenda asked what my dream internship would be, I kind of said it as a joke ‘the World Food Programme,’” says Winter.

On April 12, Winter will leave Canada to begin a four-month internship with the World Food Programme where she will have the opportunity to apply skills acquired over the last eight months at the Castlegar Campus.

“This position I have taken is exactly what I have been looking for, emergency management and food security,” says the 25-year-old.

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