Spring 2016 participants had their end of program photoshoot in Washington DC a week ago. This means not only that the program is coming to an end but also that we were able to gather impressions final impressions from the six participants.
Three young Spanish leaders were granted a scholarship by MAPFRE to intern in the United States’ insurance sector and another three young leaders from the Canary Islands received a scholarship from the MAPFRE Guanarteme Foundation, allowing them to take part in the Spring 2016 Leadership Initiative from 20 January to 6 May 2016. This program has allowed them to develop their professional skills by engaging in professional internships and seminars in Washington DC. See table for details.
Daniel Martín Jiménez mentioned during an informal breakfast with the Advanced Leadership Foundation’s president Juan Verde that: “everything has been really positive, from the residence to his colleagues from MAPFRE. I am very happy with the course of international trade in which I am currently working. I’ve learned about action strategies, recruitment, and coverage”.
After several months of working in a foreign country in an international environment, all of them have developed their professional skills, like improving their writing and networking skills, and also have gotten an insight into different cultures and working atmospheres, for example, during Noelia Cruz Pérez’s internship at Inscape Publico. Participants went on excursions regarding the professional track they had chosen and visited different museums and international institutions in Washington DC.
Furthermore, the Spring 2016 program was based on a fundamental concept: social responsibility and civic engagement. Through this, the program ensures that participants can use knowledge that was previously acquired as a useful tool for the community and motivating them to become informed, critical, and solidary young leaders. This is achieved by attending workshops and by choosing to participate in volunteer projects.
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!