My name is Victoria Jensen, and I am from Oslo, Norway. I have a degree in Development Studies from the University of Oslo, and my objective is to obtain a career within the field of humanitarian and human rights. I had the pleasure of joining SIHMA as a research and communications intern for 6 months, from June to December 2021. The rights and dignity of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees are of great importance working within the humanitarian field, and I am very grateful for the opportunity I got to expand my knowledge and understanding of the patterns of migration.
During my time at the SIHMA office in Cape Town, I was involved in a wide range of tasks and projects. I got to publish several research articles, took part in the making of SIHMA’s Annual Report 2020 and worked on SIHMA’s contribution to the Vatican Pastoral Report 2020. I joined several webinars related to migration and worked on a project to write migration country profiles for the African continent. I was also given the opportunity to oversee communications for a period, which involved social media and publishing on our website, and I initiated adding Instagram as another social media platform. Additionally, I had to stay up to date on all news related to migration worldwide and wrote monthly press reviews.
Here are some of the research articles and blog posts I published during my internship:
 The Exclusion of Migrant Women in Africa: Access to Safety and Security
 Heritage Day 2021
 Litigation in Respect of Undocumented Children
 The Real Migration Gallery
 Webinar: Climate Change and Migration
 Annual Report 2020
 Economic and Risk Perceptions Motivating Illegal Migration Abroad: Port Harcourt City Youths, Nigeria
Overall, my internship has been a great learning experience. The knowledge I gained during these six months was beyond my expectation. Fr Filippo, James, Muluh and Debby: Thank you for putting your trust in me with this work and thank you for being an amazing team.
by Victoria Jensen