What Gnucoop means to me

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Thanks to IES Abroad Italy Foundation and its Internship programme we had the pleasure to meet and work with Zoe.

She completed her stage few days ago, and here what he left to us....

Thank you Zoe! And than you for your enthusiasm!

For the past two and a half months, I have spent my summer abroad living in Milan, Italy, working for the internationally acclaimed IT non-profit Gnucoop. Gnucoop provides free, secure, and reliable data platforms for information collection services in developing countries, making possible the digitization of information from the start (whether it be resource distribution or identification statistics). In working with this company, I have learned much more than I ever anticipated, developing hard and soft skills that will stick with me for the rest of my life. I worked with colleagues to compose, review, and revise Brief Summaries, Business Informational Reports, and Grant Proposals/ Applications. Throughout this process, I had to analyze data platforms, geo-level map indicators, and block chain solutions. Understanding the steps necessary to collect, aggregate, monitor, and report & share data. When dealing with clients, such as the UNHCR, UN Refugee Agency, and UNICEF, it is crucial to be consistent and clear: presenting the features and implementations of hash maps and customizable indicators is not always accomplished in the most concise manner. This internship has taught me how to analyze extended reports and reproduce them in simplified versions without taking away from the original meaning. The Gnucoop team does a phenomenal job of marketing and advertising their complex company message in a clean and clear light. Additionally, I designed and created the Gnucoop sector based logos, infographics, flyers, and social-media posts. To do so, I had to participate in many conference calls and gain a basic understanding of data-science engineering to remain consistent with the company concept design. Leading the graphic design initiative for Gnucoop was both an honor and a horror story, because of the acknowledgement to my skill and my initial fear of failure. Like any new intern, I was nervous and scared of rejection. By the end of my internship, though, it was learning how to accept myself as a creator and have confidence in my work that imposed in me notions of self-worth and pride that I will cherish forever. Without Gnucoop and the roles to which they assigned me, I do not know if I ever would have truly valued myself as an artist. In performing such tasks, I am now more confident in my Writing in Business skills as well as mastery of both Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Zoe with the brochure she created during the stage.

A characteristic of this company that cannot be left unsaid is its welcoming nature. Not a single day did I feel uncomfortable or overwhelmed with my role in the company. I was certainly kept busy, but never to an extent where I felt I could not manage the tasks at hand. I attribute this optimism to my enjoyment and excitement for working with Gnucoop. Being a part of this team was as amusing and entertaining as it was challenging, constantly being pushed as well as non-stop laughing with my co-workers—making me feel right at home. Gnucoop embodies a perfect balance of intense software engineering with playful, open-minded collaboration. Every aspect of my internship taught me something new, and I will use this exposure and knowledge as a vehicle to further my pursuits in international business and networking. I am thankful for these lessons, some of which arrived from relationships built with colleagues, involvement in international business, and a growing understanding of Italian NGO and co-op working culture. All of the respect my fellow colleagues gave to me motivated me to give just the same in return. I will carry with me this attitude, as I prepare for my return to the United States to embark on my next business journey, curious to see where these incomparable skills will take me.