Internship Experience: Kathu Mbaya
Uganda, Summer 2012
“I chose to work with GIANT Non Profit because of the diverse populations it works with. The goals of my internship were three-fold: to develop and conduct a formal survey for a needs assessment in my target community; to develop a project proposal for funding; and to develop an evaluation report. My role as an intern was to assess local health needs and develop a preventive community health-based plan. Typically everyday was different; however in a snapshot, I would meet with team members in Uganda and do health assessment training, conduct focus group sessions in the community, do health surveys among randomly selected families. In addition, I would conduct health education sessions on different health topics such as malaria.
The skills that I took away from my internship are leadership, team building and communication skills. The accomplishment that gave me the greatest satisfaction was being part of a health project that is going to make a positive difference in improving the lives of a vulnerable community. The internship met my expectation and the advice I would give to potential interns is to be a self-starter and open minded.”