The great work Good Counsel Services does would not be possible without our team of interns, fellows, and volunteers from around the world, with each person bringing new expertise and experience to the team. In our staff spotlight features, we introduce and highlight members of our wonderful team. This week we interviewed Yidan Wang, a Financial Resource Development Intern from Beijing.
Yidan is a first year graduate student at New York University pursuing her Master of Public Administration degree, specializing in Social Finance. Originally from Beijing, she came to New York to pursue her studies and gain new experiences. Yidan has now finished her internship with Good Counsel Services, and although it is bittersweet to see her go, she will be embarking on her next internship as an ESG analyst as she continues her studies at NYU. During her time with Good Counsel, Yidan assisted with grant research and applications, finding new grant opportunities, and data collection. It was her first internship experience in the United States, so it was a very special opportunity for her to explore a different culture and adapt to what it is like to work here. She recommends more young adults get involved with Good Counsel, as it was truly inspiring work.
What sparked your interest in Finance?
Although I was originally interested in Finance, I have now transferred to the public field. I find myself most interested in work involving environmental, social, and governance impact, where I can use my background with financial tools to reach public goals.
What is your favorite part about your work? What did you enjoy learning most about?
My favorite part about my time here was working with the team. I learned a lot from everyone and enjoyed forming personable, lifelong relationships and connections.
What are your plans for the future?
Once I receive my Master of Public Administration degree from NYU, I would like to find a job in the United States involving social impact work and making a difference, and look forward to using all I have learned from my time with Good Counsel in my future endeavors.
How was your overall experience with Good Counsel Services?
It offered a great opportunity to gain lifelong experience, new skills, and explore working in a different culture. Everyday was inspiring and it was great to be able to meet so many new people.