This past summer I had the opportunity to intern at Global Health Corps (GHC) in New York City. GHC describes themselves as a “leadership development organization focused on health equity…building a global community of diverse young leaders”. Their approach is based on a model of seeking out non-profit health organizations and government agencies that would benefit from adding some of the fellows that GHC has selected for their fellowship. Each year GHC opens up applications for “passionate young people” who are interested in working on global health challenges. This year alone they accepted 133 fellows representing more than 45 fields of expertise and 40 languages spoken. Fellow backgrounds can range anywhere from working in health care services to information technology to recently graduating college.
Once the fellows have been paired up, they are matched to a placement organization, of which there are many. American Refugee Committee in Rwanda, Ministry of Health in Uganda, and Housing Works in New York are just a few of the organizations that the fellows get to work for during their one-year fellowship. When my supervisor walked me through the different organizations, I was pleasantly surprised because there is wide variety in the focus and field of work between each organization. I strongly believe that public health is integrated into everything and not just hospitals or clinics. This is why I appreciate that GHC exposes their fellows to organizations that traditionally may not be associated with public health like their partnership with MASS Design Group, an architecture organization, or a finance organization like Spark MicroGrants.
As a program intern, I had the opportunity to see the behind-the-scenes workings at a non-profit health leadership organization. GHC offers a two-week training institute for each new cohort of fellows each summer before they go off to their respective placement organizations. I was able to assist with this big project. In my role, I helped organize learning materials for the fellows and successfully prepared events for visiting GHC alumni. I interacted with all of the fellows and alumni. We talked about their careers and I gained valuable insight into the public health field. In the evenings, we had tons of fun during events like the talent show and "Corpslympics" where fellows participated in a variety of games.
Interning at GHC has solidified my passion for public health. The combination of being able to have fun and interact with communities while also helping improve their access to and knowledge of healthcare. After speaking to several past and present fellows of GHC, becoming a public health advisor in the future has interested me. I also plan on applying to the fellowship in the near future and hopefully being able to work in the United States.
I would like to thank GHC for the opportunity to intern with them. You made this past summer unforgettable.