Internship Experience: Michael Fraser
Haiti, Summer 2012
“I chose to work with GIANT Non Profit because a classmate at Morehouse School of Medicine informed me of the great work GIANT was doing in the community and I wanted to get global public health experience. My goals/ objectives were to fulfill my practicum hours while giving back to the community and learning essential global health skills. As an intern I helped conduct needs assessments and worked to plan a health fair in Maniche, Les Cayes. My internship was busy, hands on, and informative. I not only helped plan the health fair but I conducted interviews that could possibly be used as qualitative data in the future. I also administered many needs assessments to those who attended.
The skills that I got from my internship include: project management, capacity building, collaboration skills, and time management skills. The accomplishments, during my internship, that gave me the greatest satisfaction was seeing the people receive quality healthcare, administering food to hungry children, and seeing first hand that there is more to public health than what we learn and read about. The internship opportunity went above and beyond my expectation! Initially it was hectic and unorganized but as the time on the task at hand became more important. I had a great time and learned a lot. The advice I would give to potential interns is to expect the unexpected, come with an open mind, learn as much as you can, and build relationships with everyone you meet (especially the children, they will change your lives!).”