Lucy Coombes1. What inspired you to become a Daya Trust intern?

Well obviously the cause itself is a very big draw card, but the real driving factor was my talks with Rochelle. She spoke to me about the need to provide young New Zealand woman with professional development opportunities. It was our conversation on the significance of including “younger” New Zealanders in organisational development that really encouraged me to put my hand up. Feeling valued (professionally) as a young person is pretty rare, so to have that support and encouragement was really fantastic.

2. How would you describe Daya Trust to someone yet to hear about us?

When I tell people about Daya Trust I say that it is a “New Zealand organisation that assists a Mumbai-slum learning centre in educating young girls.

3. Where would we find you on an average week?

On public transport! Kidding, but definitely all over the show. I split my time between Uni campus (Massey), my internship offices, my parents house in Featherston, the Wellington CanTeen office and various clothes shops and cafes around time. I’m always busy and hungry, but I love it.

4. What would your advice be for other people interested in doing internships?

Do it! Experience is what will set you apart from other graduates. Also, it’s a fantastic opportunity to get a feel for your career field. You can work out what you actually do and don’t like doing.

5. Tell us about an obstacle you had to overcome. What did you learn?

A huge (and ongoing) obstacle in my life has been dealing with the loss of my brother to cancer in 2011. I learnt many lessons from him, his illness, and my grief. Most significantly I learnt the importance of love. Loving those around you, what you do and who you are and the choices you make is the driving force of life. We should never be afraid to continue loving even though it opens us up to loss, because without love there truly is no purpose in life.

6. What’s the one thing you would like to see changed for the lives of women and girls in New Zealand?

That’s a tough one. But in a dream world I would love it if everyone understood the value of girls and women in an eco-social sense. If they just realised the untapped potential that is readily available it would increase the self-esteem, inclusion and participation of women.