Announcing Summer 2011 IE3 Scholarship Recipients!
Noted on May 23, 2011 by Eric Skaar in
Matthew Coomer: University of Montana student interning with at the Elephant Nature Foundation in Thailand.
I’m a senior at the University of Montana set to graduate in December with B.A.’s in Environmental Studies and Journalism. Growing up as a military child, I’ve lived in many different parts of the country and seen a good portion of it. Through moving so much in my formative years, I came to love travel and embrace change as beneficial aspects of life. I also enjoy being outside and active, with yoga, swimming, and running among my favorite pastimes. My hobbies include photography, reading, and writing. I hope to one-day work in the field of environmental advocacy and outreach, thereby incorporating my academic studies regarding conservation and the media. This desire is what attracted me to an internship with the Elephant Nature Foundation (ENF) through IE3 Global Internships. Working with the ENF in Chiang Mai, Thailand, I will be assisting the program manager in numerous capacities. From helping to organize promotional events to creating multimedia projects for the website, the work I do will vary depending on the needs of the organization at any time. Through my position with the ENF over the summer, I hope to develop my skills as a real world storyteller and advocate for conservation and sustainability. I can’t imagine a better group with which to gain that experience than one tirelessly working to save animals as amazing and iconic as the Asian Elephant.
Aloura DiGiallonardo: University of Oregon student interning with Group for Population Studies and Education (GEEP) in Senegal.
I am an International Studies major from the University of Oregon and will be interning with GEEP for six months in Dakar, Senegal. I will be working closely with Manoore FM, the first women's radio station, dedicated to improving women's rights in Senegal. Grassroots, community development is very important and I am grateful to be able to be apart of such a wonderful program. I am very excited to work with this organization and hope to improve my communication abilities and gain valuable experience in the field of development. Working with GEEP will make the theories and concepts I have learned jump out of my textbooks and into a real world experience, giving context to apply and study more critically what I have already learned. My experience will teach me things about international studies and development work through a type of education cannot be conveyed in a classroom. I also will be doing some research on my thesis by exploring the relationship that music and politics have in Senegal. It is my first time to Africa and I am nervous but at the same time giddy with anticipation to begin this exciting, new adventure. I would like to thank IE3 for this scholarship to help me get there.
Kimberly Hitchcock: Central Washington University student doing an individualized internship in Ghana.
My name is Kimberly Hitchcock I am a 41 year old single mother of three boys sixteen, fourteen, and five. I am a nontraditional student, single working mother that has returned to college after a seventeen year break raising children. I am a recent breast cancer, ovarian cancer and vertical spreading melanoma survivor and a Public Health major with a specialization in nursing student at Central Washington University in Ellensburg Washington. I will be interning at Atorkor Development Foundation in Ghana. Atorkor Development Foundation (ADF) is a community-based charity organization. ADF's vision is to transform Atorkor village from a deprived village into a self-sustaining one with basic amenities - a health center, clean drinking water for all, well-equipped schools, a vocational center, electricity, and affordable communication facilities for all. Atorkor is a village in the Volta region and the Keta District of Ghana. Atorkor is located in the south-eastern part of Ghana on the Atlantic Coast. My hope is to promote, coordinate, and implement development programs that focus on Education and welfare Health awareness, sanitation, nutrition, and primary health care. The focus of my internship will be the development of a health education and awareness fair. The first 2-3 weeks will involve the assessment, planning and development of the program. The last 10 weeks will focus on the implementation and evaluation of the program. As well as working with peer mentors on safer sex practices, harm reduction methods, family planning and reducing the risks of malaria and cholera. I will also be conducting health surveys in the village. This scholarship and internship paves the way for me to become a public health educator and go on to nursing school. An internship with Atorkor Development Foundation will help broaden and enrich my career goals. I have a passion to become a traveling public health nurse that will be part of improving the health and well-being of all. I am looking for more ways to improve and reinforce HIV/AIDS education, application of medical services, and case management across the world. This scholarship will give me the chance to achieve all of this and to see firsthand how public health works in a country torn apart by poverty, HIV, cholera and malaria.
Katherina Werner: University of Montana student interning with Chaitanya in India.
For my IE3 internship this summer I will be traveling to India where I am going to work with an organization called Chaitanya. Chaitanya focuses on women's empowerment through education, micro financing, and self help groups. As an intern I will be providing direct support services to women and children in rural Indian villages and indigenous communities. I will be engaged in training women on the process of micro loans, in facilitating and forming self-help groups, but also in evaluating the existing programs and writing grants to support Chaitanya. Spending a summer in India, a nation estimated to have a third of the world’s poor, will allow me to learn more about a different culture and gain a perspective of people experiencing oppression and poverty. This practicum will give me the chance to become an active participant in global justice work and be an advocate for voices that have been oppressed and unheard.