Dates: Summer 2013 (July 6 - August 3)
Location: Ghana, Honduras, Nicaragua or Panama
Program Facilitators: In-Country Program Staff
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Global Health Internship
The internship is a competitive 4-week program that will run through the month of July in Honduras, Panama and Ghana. The internship offers a unique opportunity to work alongside program leads to perpetuate community development projects between brigades and conduct research initiatives to improve programming.
Those selected will have the opportunity to gain an in-depth look into Global Brigades as a development
organization, to work on global health and development specific projects, to use this experience and
knowledge to fulfill a research project or senior thesis, and to complement academic studies with an
unforgettable on the ground experience in-country.
Interns will choose from a health (Medical, Dental, Community Health Workers) or development (Architecture, Business, Environmental, Human Rights, Microfinance, Public Health, Water) focused internship to participate in, while also working with Program Leads to develop out their own ideas for individual projects—these projects will both help fulfill a programmatic need while allowing the intern to explore a topic or interest of his or her choice.
During the internship, students will participate in a combination of traditional brigading, help conduct
research and evaluation projects, take part in education initiatives, participate in cultural exchange and
community involvement, and will gain a greater understanding of our holistic model.
Why Participate in the Internship?
• To explore your interests in international health and development in a dynamic environment; to
share ideas, collaborate on new initiatives and strengthen leadership; to develop intercultural and
technical programmatic skills.
• The opportunity to develop your own initiative with the support of experienced Program Teams.
• The ability to be a part of a cohort of future global health and international development leaders.
• The unique opportunity to see all aspects of our holistic model, to shadow staff and programs, and
to meet with community members in a more in-depth manner.
• To use this experience to help support or fulfill an academic research project or Senior Thesis.
• To truly immerse yourself in country for an extended period of time; giving you the ability to
better get to know community members and their needs and to explore all brigade programs.
• To gain valuable job skills and academic experience that can help prepare you for graduate school
or a career in a related field.
For country specific information
The internship program allows students to go far beyond the normal brigade experience by allowing interns to focus in on individual projects, to observe all facets of our in-country work, and to see what it takes to perpetuate programs toward sustainability. To cover living costs, insurance, drivers, translators and other expenses of the internship, we are asking each intern to contribute $2,500 for the month.
How to Apply
The application deadline for the summer internship is April 1, 2013. Apply for the 2013 Summer Internship by completing the folowing online form. For questions regarding the internship, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington University in St. Louis
Lauren Van Winkle
Saint Louis University
Washington University in St. Louis, United States
"One of my favorite quotes reads: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” While I have always loved this quote, it took on a whole new meaning for me this summer. The world needs so many things. There are millions of people out there who need food, shelter, healthcare, money, water, clothing, and so much more. When I think about it that way, it’s almost impossible to decide where to begin. But what I learned this summer is that it almost doesn’t matter what I do. What matters is that I do it with passion. I think that’s the main way I’ve changed as a result of my summer internship. Whether I’m working alongside community members in Honduras or making a poster by myself on a Friday afternoon, I do it with the passion of knowing that my actions are contributing to something greater. This is a lesson I know I will carry with me for the rest of my life."
Boston University, United States
"My experience with Global Brigades began in 2010 when I went on my first brigade with the public health chapter at Boston University. I had a feeling that first trip wouldn’t be the last time I was in Honduras. After my fourth brigade, I was looking for an opportunity to spend longer than a week with GB in Honduras, and it was then that I saw the announcement of the first summer internship. I love brigades, but as a student concentrating in international health, I felt it was important to spend some more time there to experience first-hand some of the difficulties and rewards of working in the field of health and development in a developing country. I could not have been more happy when I found out that I would be spending the whole month of July working with GB public health team in Honduras, but little did I know that month was going to surpass all of my expectations."
Saint Louis University, United States
"I think I speak for all of the interns when I say that this experience was one of the most, if not the most, eye opening and life altering experience any of us have ever had. We learned so much about the inner working of Global Brigades and the sustainability of the holistic model, we built close friendships with each other as well as members of the communities we worked in, and we generated an incredible number of ideas on how to further improve the current model. It was an absolute honor to work with such a great group of people in such a positive environment, and this experience has undoubtedly changed my life for the better. I have come to see the world from a fresh perspective and I embrace whatever may come my way with open arms, an open mind, and an open heart."