Geneva, WHO Geneva Program
"Interning at the WHO was an incredible experience. I spent about six weeks in Geneva working full-time on the WHO's Emergency, Trauma, and Acute Care Programme. This included working on an emergency care system advocacy booklet directed at policymakers (~20 pages) and helping develop online adjuncts for the basic emergency care course that the WHO will be rolling out within the next year or so. Also, I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Uganda and attend an emergency care system development meeting that involved discussing results from their emergency care system assessment. I also wrote the majority of the report from this meeting and was somewhat able to see how these changes are implemented on the ground.
"Through the Duke Program on Global Policy & Governance, I had an intensive course-week in the middle of my internship. This included daily seminars on topics related to public health by leaders in the field that are based in Geneva and daily site visits to organizations like the WHO, MSF, GAVI, etc. Also, at the end of the week, we had a case competition regarding the vaccination of refugees (primarily Sudanese) in Uganda. Also, there were many networking and career advising opportunities throughout my time in Geneva that were coordinated by the program.
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