Our Fall 2016 interns had their end of program photoshoot in Washington D.C. a few days ago meaning that their stay in Washington DC is coming to an end. On December 10th, after fifteen weeks in DC, most of our participants are now ready to go back home, but they are also ready to take a step forward in their professional career and achieve their goals.
The Advanced Leadership Foundation managed to secure scholarships for five young Spanish leaders who were granted a scholarship by Fundación MAPFRE Guanarteme, three by the Fundación Cajasol, five by the Diputación de Ourense and twenty by HM Government of Gibraltar. ALF also launched a program in collaboration with the Fundación INCYDE, which saw three young Spanish professionals join the initiative in DC. Taking part in the Fall 2016 Leadership Initiatives since 25 August 2016 has allowed them to develop their professional skills by engaging in professional internships and seminars in Washington DC.
After several months of working in a foreign country and in an international environment, all of them have developed professional skills such as writing and networking skills, and have gotten an insight into different cultures and working atmospheres. On top of that, during their stay in Washington D.C., participants have not only been able to learn and become better professionals, but they have also lived a historic moment for the United States and the world: the Presidential Campaigns leading up to the 2016 US Presidential Election and the consequent election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States.
The Fall 2016 program focused on a fundamental concept: the development of global competencies in order to be a competitive professional in the global economy. Among the workshops they have taken part in, some of some highlights are the sessions in Project Management, Emotional Intelligence, Creating a Personal Brand and Handling Challenging Conversations. All in all, this has been a very rewarding experience for all the young professionals and we want to congratulate them on a job well done!