Internship Experience: Anthony Esumei
“I chose GIANT Non Profit because of its national and international basis as a non-governmental 501(c)3 non-profit organization. I love the mission of GIANT which includes promoting research, education and implementation of nutrition-based therapies. I also love the focus on the developing local capacity, helping to develop a sustainable infrastructure as demonstrated in Haiti, and augmenting human resource capacity building. The goals and objectives for my internship included: mobilizing community partnerships to identify and solve health problems; developing policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts; assuring a competent public health and personal healthcare workforce; evaluating effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services; and researching for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.
My role as an intern involved assisting in fund raising activities to procure funds for shipment of the equipment and supplies. I also helped to preparing the Memorandum of Understanding between GIANT Global and Medical Directors of Isaie Jeanty Hospital in Port-au-Prince. I arranged the removal of decals from the donated ambulances and prepared the shipping documents for the ambulances with a shipping agent. I attended the container shipment ceremony and the MSRO network annual conference. I also participated in a grant writing exercise. A snapshot of my day depends on my location! It may have involved morning meetings or working on my assigned projects.
The skills that I got from my internship cover a large scope: leadership skills, collaboration and team work, grant writing, running a nonprofit organization, working with limited resources and how to source for funds. The internship met my expectations and the accomplishment that gave me the greatest satisfaction was organizing a successful Golf tournament to raise funds for our Haiti projects and also preparing the Memorandum of Association between GIANT Global and Medical Directors of Isaie Jeanty Hospital in Port-au-Prince. The advice that I would give to potential interns is to roll up your sleeve and get to work, early arrangement for funds if you are required to travel, the work environment is enjoyable and flexible, be open to weekend meetings and conference calls!”