Meghana Gaddam

Meghana Gaddam

Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia, Global Internship in Bangkok


Hello and Namascaram! My name is Meghana (pronounced May, like the month, gah (Scrooge style) – nah) 

I am super, super privileged to be a Prime Ministers Scholar in Thailand this summer with the UoA Global Internships programme. I will be working at Mahanakohn Partners Group, which does similar services to PwC and Deloitte back here in Auckland.

I study Economics and Property and am very interested in the intersection of global trade, culture, and policy. This means that I love learning in multicultural environments, and working in one for two months, allows me to dive head-first into the inevitable learning curve I will face. Given the friendliness of the Thai people, the South-East Asian work ethic, and the policy work that Mahanakhon does, I know the assimilation will be incredibly worth it. 

Follow our group on our adventures! Our itinerary currently includes post-work trips to floating markets, school and volunteering visits, weekend getaways to Thailand’s famous tropical islands, and taking advantage of the incredibly affordable and delicious street food 🙂

  • Khao Yai: The bat caves off the beaten track

    And the best Tom Kha Gai (Chicken in Coconut Soup) I have ever tasted. Having always travelled with family or on school trips, where itineraries were rarely dictated by your own choices, being able to plan weekend trips, with transport, accommodation, and food was equal parts thrilling as it was daunting. Daunting, because I felt…Continue Reading Khao Yai: The bat caves off the beaten track

  • Serendipity

    Noun: the gift of finding valuable or agreeable things not looked for. More than the places I have been to on this trip, which have been beautiful indeed, it has been the people I have met there that have left me in a perpetual state of “how?!” How is it possible that I shared breakfast…Continue Reading Serendipity

  • Universality

    Living and working overseas with a group of diverse individuals, in interests, heritage, race, allergies, preferences in pets and experiences with trying new fruit, has simmered down to one phrase for me: Your individual experience is not universal. While our individual experiences, however, may not be universal, the emotions we feel are. They simply vary…Continue Reading Universality