This month, the Carter Center will welcome the new Yoshida Scholarship Foundation recipient, Masatoshi Ono. Masatoshi is a graduate student at the University of Bradford in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England pursuing a Master’s degree in International Development Management.
Founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter, The Carter Center is a nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization committed to improving human rights, alleviating human suffering, preventing and resolving conflicts, enhancing freedom and democracy, and improving health.
For the next 12 months, Masatoshi will be working in the Office of Institutional Development/Fundraising which supports the Carter Center Peace and Health programs by generating project-specific financial and in-kind resources from foreign governments, U.S. government agencies, foundations, corporations, and individual departments at the center as they continue their mission.
We interviewed Masatoshi a few days ago and asked him about the goals he hopes to achieve with this internship, his advice to younger students and much more. He shared that working for the Carter Center, a world renowned organization, will be an essential experience to achieve his career goal of working with the United Nations in the future.
Masatoshi has gained valuable experience in program management working as an analyst for Bay Current Consulting Inc. in Tokyo, Japan. He hopes to build upon these skills while taking the opportunity to learn more about the non-profit sector. He adds “I would like to know how NGOs are organized and operated. Of course, I know some frameworks and skills to manage programs and projects, but I have never worked for this kind of organization. I want to be able to do that by myself after this internship.” Masatoshi is looking forward to being exposed to a diverse working environment and is excited to learn from his colleagues at the center.
When asked what his advice would be for younger students to make the most out of high school or college, he shared “I would advise them not only to get good grades, but also to think about what they would like to achieve and what they would love to do through their career and lives.”
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