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The Future Leader’s Programme: Layla’s Testimonial

Interning at MCF has been a rewarding and enlightening experience as I have been being able to do many things which wouldn’t be possible at any other internship.’

Graduating from Kingston University with a first-class degree in Sociology with Criminology, I hoped to find a job where I could truly make a difference. I quickly realised that I was uncertain about what area I wanted to work in as I was interested in many things. After graduating, I travelled to Ethiopia which inspired me to explore the international development sector as I witnessed great poverty and wanted to help in some way. Applying for jobs became a challenge as my work experience was limited and this is when I began searching for Internships and with great luck, I found the Muslim Charities Forum (MCF) young leaders’ program.  

The MCF internship program interested me as I was intrigued by their mission of helping the Muslim charity sector improve their practices in many areas and bringing charities together. Interning at MCF has been a rewarding and enlightening experience as I have been being able to do many things which wouldn’t be possible at any other internship. Having the opportunity to attend and have an active role in many events with well- known individuals has been a real privilege as I have met many inspirational people. The best part about MCF is having the chance to lead on projects and challenge myself because my co-workers want me to progress and make the most out of the experience. Most importantly, the MCF team is a warm and friendly one which I truly loved and will never forget.  

With my experience at MCF, I have been equipped with the courage to look into many avenues of work and apply for jobs which I wouldn’t have been confident enough to pursue of 6 months ago. I would highly recommend anyone who has a passion for the charity sector or who needs some experience to help with their future aspirations to apply for this internship program. 

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