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Medical Education Internship at Carter Center in Kampala, Uganda

 

Carter Center Medical Educator and Research Intern 
The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalyn in cooperation with Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia). As a non-profit organization, the Center works on peace and health promotion programs in over 80 countries. One of the main missions of The Carter Center is to successfully fight for the eradication of preventable diseases, such as guinea worm and trachoma. It strives to use low-cost methods and sustainable solutions, while working in partnership with host governments and community organizations.  More information is available at  http://www.cartercenter.org/health/index.html

The Center’s office is situated within the Vector Control Division of the Ministry of Health of the Government of Uganda.  The division works directly on Vector Borne Diseases Control/Elimination Programs in the country.   Interns will work with Carter Center researchers and health educators on projects concerning the prevention of river blindness and trachoma. Ten million Ugandans are affected by trachoma, and while river blindness has decreased greatly, thousands are still affected. (Information on these programs is available at http://www.cartercenter.org/countries/uganda-health.html).    

Learn more about this internship from 2016 and 2017 Carter Center interns Amy Lee C'16, Henry Pipes C'17James Dunaway, C'17 and Rebecca Salustri, C'17

The project will involve the following tasks:

  • Compiling and analyzing data on case incidence and program outcomes;
  • Interacting with community groups and leaders throughout the country (alongside Carter Center staff) to promote disease prevention;
  • Evaluating current projects;
  • Implementing health education programs;
  • Implementing disease surveillance, prevention, and treatment programs; and
  • Working as part of a government-NGO team to address the two diseases.

Students interested in entering the medical field are encouraged to apply, as well as students with a social science background who are interested in global health. 

Application Procedure

The application deadline is February 15th. Applicants should apply through TigerNet. There are TWO positions available.  

Eligibility:

  • A Sewanee rising junior, senior or recent C'18 Sewanee graduate 
  • Strong GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Knowledge of biology

Additional qualifications and skills of a successful intern:

  • Basic knowledge about infectious diseases, specifically vector-borne diseases
  • Awareness about how health interacts with social, cultural and economic factors
  • Overall computer literacy
  • Good writing, communication and public speaking skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational skills and time management skills
  • Motivated self-starter and ability to work independently
  • Cultural sensitivity and willingness to engage with a variety of societal groups from Ministry of Health officials to villagers

In addition, the following skills are not required but are desirable for the internship:

  • Exposure to the health care field (e.g., through volunteer work)
  • Experience with travel/volunteer work in a low-income country or community
  • Knowledge of statistics and basic statistical programs
  • Experience with GIS

Note: Prior personal, travel, work or volunteer experience in a low-income country is essential to this internship. All students who accept offers of an international internship are REQUIRED to attend health and safety training workshops on April 8th and April 15th, 2pm-5pm. Interns will be required to sign a code of professional conduct prior to departure to Uganda. Interns are required to receive all U.S. government-recommended travel vaccinations and acquire and take as directed malaria prophylaxis. Students may be required to cover the cost of their vaccinations, which may be as much as $500. Information on necessary vaccinations and malaria risk and protection can be found here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/uganda

Interns will be based at the Carter Center in Uganda’s capital city, Kampala, for 8 weeks starting in June. Students are encouraged to apply for a stipend from one of the University internship funds by April 1st.  Students will be expected to cover roundtrip airfare to Uganda and will be given an additional $500 travel stipend for in-country transportation to village sites from the Office of Medical and Health Programs. (Note: Depending on the number of trips, you may need to supplement this travel with your internship stipend or another funding source. The Carter Center will not pay this cost). 

Basic information about living and working in Kampala, Uganda: English is the language of business in Uganda, so second language skills are not required or necessary. Internship coordinators will assist the intern with identifying safe and secure housing placements, and the internship funding is generally sufficient to cover the cost of basic room and board for the 10-week period. Students may have to and should be able to draw upon additional outside resources beyond the stipend for this internship, as costs associated with international travel and living expenses may fluctuate and are beyond our control.  Housing with a self-catering kitchen costs approximately $15 per day, but monthly rates may be negotiable. Approximate food costs are $10 a day. Note that there is some risk associated with living and working in a low-income country, and the student and student's parents should take note of these risks. 

All students who accept offers of an international internship are REQUIRED to attend health and safety training workshops on April 8th and April 15th from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

Application requirements:

  • A Resume or CV that lists any research, employment, internship, or other experience relevant to the program to which you are applying. Please review CLD guidelines on composing an effective resume and what a CV is and how to write one.
  • Cover Letter. This letter should be addressed to Alyssa Summers as the faculty coordinator for this internship.  The letter should clearly explain your reasons for pursuing the internship and how you expect your experience to impact your career plans.  Include what you have done in your Sewanee career that supports your overall goals in medicine and interest in pursuing this internship. Please review the CLD guidelines for writing a  cover letter as this is a significant portion of the evaluation for getting this internship. 
  • An Unofficial Transcript (Obtained from the Registrar’s Office – do not wait until the last day to request!)
  • Names of 3 References we can contact.  You should have at least 2 of these 3 references be Sewanee professors.  Please list their names, titles, and contact information on your resume or CV. 

The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter to fight for the eradication of preventable diseases. Sewanee interns will work in the area of disease education and control on Carter Center projects that focus on the diseases of onchocerciasis (river blindness) and trachoma.

Zanmi Lastante Medical Internship in Mirebalais, Haiti

 

Zanmi Lasante Intern
Duncan Pearce, C'17 has conducted health surveys with Zanmi Kafe farmers in various locations in Haiti’s Central Plateau, where we have developed this pilot medical research internship.  Duncan gained valuable information about basic health issues and living conditions of rural Haitian farmers from different zones that will be used ultimately to help quantify long-term effects on farmers’ health. The Haiti Institute at Sewanee Medical Intern will continue this work with other interns that work with Professors McGrath (Biology) and Malde (Art and Art History).  

The Haiti Medical Intern, working under Zanmi Lasante (Haitian Creole for Partners in Health), will be part of a team comprised of Zanmi Kafe and Zanmi Foto interns examining how economic and environmental factors faced by households affect health and how the adoption of more sustainable agricultural systems, as well as cultural and social knowledge generated by Haitians, can help address these issues.  All interns will work together to learn and improve our understanding of the lives and needs of Haitians in rural communities. 

Learn more about this internship from Duncan Pearce, C'17

The project will involve the following tasks:

  • Working with Zanmi Kafe staff and interns to interview farmers and their families about household health concerns;
  • Re-evaluating current questionnaire and interview technique;
  • Compiling and analyzing data health outcomes;
  • Effectively communicating with others about outcomes in the form of papers and presentations; and
  • Being accessible to continue analysis and sharing of information the next semester in Sewanee.

Students interested in entering the fields of medicine, public and global health are encouraged to apply.

Application Procedure

The application deadline is February 15th. Applicants should apply through TigerNet. There is ONE position available.

Eligibility:

  • A Sewanee rising sophomore through senior student 
  • Have completed by the summer FREN 300 or above with a grade of B or higher
  • Willingness to learn Creole
  • Be comfortable hiking several miles in rough terrain and occasionally sleeping in the field at local schools 

Additional qualifications and skills of a successful intern:

  • Knowledge of biology with a strong GPA;
  • Basic knowledge about public health concerns;
  • Awareness about how health interacts with social, cultural, economic and environmental factors;
  • Overall computer literacy;
  • Strong writing, communication and public speaking skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Strong organizational and time management skills;
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently;
  • Cultural sensitivity and enthusiasm for engaging with people from a variety of contexts
  • Tolerance for living in close quarters with others for extended periods of time;
  • Patience and humility

Note: Prior personal, travel, work or volunteer experience in a low-income country is desirable.  For rising sophomores and juniors, it is strongly suggested that you participate in the spring break Haiti trip (application process in October). Interns will be required to sign a code of professional conduct prior to departure to Haiti and purchase travel insurance. Interns are required to receive all U.S. government recommended travel vaccinations and take a malaria prophylaxis, as directed. Students may be required to cover the cost of their vaccinations that may be as much as $500.   

Interns will be based in the town of Mirebalais, Haiti for 6-8 weeks. Students are encouraged to apply for a stipend from one of the University internship funds by April 1st.  Students will be expected to cover roundtrip airfare to Port-au-Prince.  In-country transportation will be covered by the project.

Basic information about living and working in Haiti:  Creole and French are the primary languages spoken in Haiti.  Creole is spoken by farmers and thus only students with 300-level French and a willingness to learn Creole are eligible to apply to this internship. The Intern will reside in a secure home with several other interns from Sewanee in the town of Mirebalais. The home has access to WiFi, is in a safe and secure part of town, and has staff that prepares meals and does light house cleaning. Food and lodging cost approximately $125/week that is expected to be paid out of your internship stipend.  Note that there is some risk associated with living and working in a low-income country, and the student and student's parents should take note of these risks. 

Application requirements:

  • A Resume or CV that lists any research, employment, internship, or other experience relevant to the program to which you are applying. Please review CLD guidelines on composing an effective resume and what a CV is and how to write one.
  • Cover Letter. This letter should be addressed to Professors McGrath and A. Summers, as the faculty coordinators for this internship. The letter should clearly explain your reasons for pursuing the internship and how you expect your experience to impact your career plans.  Include what you have done in your Sewanee career that supports your overall goals in medicine and interest in pursuing this internship. Please review the CLD guidelines for writing a cover letter as this is a significant portion of the evaluation for getting this internship. 
  • An Unofficial Transcript (Obtained from the Registrar’s Office – do not wait until the last day to request!)
  • Names of 3 References we can contact.  You should have at least 2 of these 3 references be Sewanee professors.  Please list their names, titles, and contact information on your resume or CV. 

Following the success of the Haiti Institute in Sewanee and research started by pre-medical student Duncan Pearce, C'17 we are establishing a new medical research internship. Sewanee Medical Interns will survey health outcomes and monitor and gain valuable information about the health needs in Haitian communities.