Meet Petter, the new intern at the Norwegian Embassy in Lilongwe

Petter Leinaas Heradstveit

Every year we welcome two students for six months internships at the Embassy – one in the first half of the year and one in the second. The goal is to give the intern a taste of how it is to work for the Norwegian Foreign Service and practical experience from working at an embassy. In January, Petter Leinaas Heradstveit will join our team.

Petter is particularly interested in public health and international development, and the opportunity to learn more about public health initiatives in the Global South was one of his motivations for applying for the internship. Petter grew up in Gran in Norway, but moved to Manchester, UK, to do his bachelors degree in Politics and International Relations. Alongside his studies, in which he focused on global health, he worked with Medicines Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders). Petter’s plan is to develop a career within the field of public health and international development. He is planning to do a masters degree in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine after he completes his internship in Malawi.

Petter is excited about moving to Lilongwe and get an insight into the work at the Embassy. It has been a childhood dream for him to work for the Norwegian Foreign Service. He sees the internship as an exciting opportunity to expand his knowledge about Norway’s role in international politics and development, as well as providing him with international experience. He is also looking forward to broadening his knowledge about Malawi, in domestic, regional, and international terms.

Malawi is far from home and a different context to what Petter is used to, and he is aware that this may sometimes feel challenging and require flexibility on his part. Despite this, he feels prepared and ready to explore Malawi, which he knows has a beautiful scenery and exciting culture. Petter is ready for his new adventure!