Intern David Ross recently shared his experience completing a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience with Humanitarian Advisory Group in a blog post by Royal Roads University

David Ross joined Humanitarian Advisory Group as an intern during his final year in the Masters of Arts in Disaster and Emergency Management program at Royal Roads University, located in Victoria, British Columbia.

David is a retired Royal Canadian Air Force pilot, and served in Afghanistan twice, once as a military advisor to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, the second time as a Chief of Civil-Military Operations with NATO Headquarters in Kabul. He finished his military career working in Canadian Armed Forces deployed operations policy and planning for the Asia-Pacific region.

Although David originally came to Humanitarian Advisory Group with a particular interest in Civil-Military Coordination, he found himself instead pursuing a significantly wider range of issues such as gender bias in the media, the challenges of integrating environmental considerations in emergency response, and the rapid advance of unmanned aerial vehicle technology in the humanitarian sector.

Some of the subjects he researched were not what he expected to pursue, however David had a great time exploring them. He is unsure of what is next in store for him upon the conclusion of his internship, but he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of getting some more mud on his boots with a deployment or two.

To learn more about David’s Work Integrated Learning experience at Humanitarian Advisory Group, read the Royal Roads University blog post here.

To find out more about our internship program click here.