Meet the Summer 2016 Interns!

The application and interview process for our Internship Program is highly competitive, and those who are chosen to be Ambassadors (3-6 months at a project site) or Fellows (7+ months at a project site) are so dedicated to helping FIMRC in its mission of healthcare outreach to the communities. We think they’re pretty amazing, and we’re excited to introduce you to this summer’s interns!

HQ Interns

layne

Layne Rogers is a rising junior at George Mason University majoring in Global Affairs with a concentration in International Development and a minor in Economics. On campus, Layne gives tours to visiting students and parents as a Mason Ambassador, serves as a Peer Research Mentor for the Honors College, and is actively involved in GMU's Model United Nations club. This fall, Layne will be heading to the UK to study African Development at the University of Oxford. 

 

 

What language have you always wanted to learn and why?

For the past few years, I've been really hoping to learn Swahili. My regional interest lies in Sub-Saharan Africa, and Swahili is one of the most widely spoken African languages. I've taught myself a few basic words and phrases, but I've been told to wait to formally study an African language, as Swahili won't be very useful if I end up researching or working in West Africa!

What are you most excited about for your internship?

Because this will be my second summer interning with FIMRC, I'd say I'm most excited about doing some longer-term projects. I'm pretty familiar with the way things operate at HQ, so I feel ready to challenge myself with in-depth tasks that require more creativity and thought to complete. 

 

kathryn

Kathryn is a current MPH Community Health student at Georgia Southern University. She is originally from Long Island and has received a BS in Biology from Muhlenberg College last year. Last summer she completed a SIHF program in Nicaragua with FIMRC. In her limited spare time she enjoys everything pertaining to food (eating, cooking, baking) and reading travel blogs or planning itineraries for hypothetical vacations she cannot currently go on.

 

 

What was your favorite traveling experience? 

It is hard to pick a favorite traveling experience since I have traveled quite a bit and each experience is so different or unique, it's difficult to compare trips to pick a "favorite". Most recently, outside of the U.S. I traveled to Montreal in Canada, three days after coming back from my FIMRC trip to Nicaragua! I went to visit a friend who attends Dartmouth before I had to move to Georgia the next week. So I drove all the way up to New Hampshire, then we spent the weekend in Montreal and I kept ordering in Spanish when they speak French. It was a crazy few days of having an identity crisis and answering everyone in the wrong language but I'm glad I went!

What are you most excited about for your internship?

I am excited to start this internship because I want to see if running more of the business side of a health related non-profit is something I would pursue. With my degree I want to help communities of women and children and it takes more than just passion to be able to affect a community; you have to know how to achieve that goal and what goes into sending volunteer and running a non-profit. I am also taking an HR Management summer course and I am hoping to apply what I learn in that course to FIMRC and vice versa. 

 

audrey

Audrey currently attends Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and plans to graduate in June 2017. She hopes to major in Public Health during her undergraduate years. She is an active participant in her school's service club and sports teams. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What country have you always wanted to visit?

I have always wanted to visit India. I love Indian food and I think the Indian culture is very unique and beautiful. I think the colors are what entice me the most, and if I ever had the opportunity to travel to such an exotic place, (hopefully with FIMRC!) then I don't think I would ever come back!

What are you most excited about for your internship?

I am most excited to begin my career in public health through this internship. This opportunity will also allow me to meet people who have similar interests and hopes regarding the healthcare throughout our world. I am very excited for this opportunity!

 

uganda

jessie

Jessie is a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania studying medical anthropology and global health and is interested in the intersection of international development and medicine. Prior to joining the FIMRC team at Bumwalukani, she interned at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and performed research on international conflict and cognition at the MIT Saxelab for Social Cognitive Neuroscience. Originally from Boston, she enjoys reading, doing music-related activities, and eating in her free time. 

 

 

What language have you always wanted to learn and why?

I don't have a specific language I would like to learn, but I am interested in learning an endangered language someday. Languages reflect how the people who use them perceive and understand the world. Endangered languages, separate from much of the mainstream culture created by globalization, represent alternative ways of looking at the world that I would love to learn and understand. 

What are you most excited about for your internship?

I am excited for everything! But I am especially excited to meet people from a diverse range of backgrounds, hear their stories, and develop relationships with them. 

 

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marina

Marina recently graduated from Hope College, in Holland MI, with a degree in Psychology and an interest in pursuing public health and medicine. She loves problem-solving and helping others, especially in the healthcare setting where something small can make a significant impact. She loves playing cards, exploring West Michigan, and has a pet cactus named Moses! 

 

 

 

 

What is your favorite ethnic food?

I am a huge fan of my grandmother’s Arabic food, but I love to take-out Thai any chance I get!

What are you most excited about for your internship?

To learn about global health and the people and lifestyle in Restauración, and to ultimately challenge myself in a way that I have never done before. 

 

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james

James Davis is originally from Gainesville, Florida but completed his undergraduate studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He is passionate about social justice in public health and medicine and enjoys running, traveling, cooking, and playing soccer in his free time.

 

 

 

 

 

What country have you always wanted to visit?

I've always wanted to visit New Zealand. I like my trips to revolve around being outdoors, and I'm definitely drawn to all of the beautiful landscapes and extreme sports that New Zealand is known for.

What are you most excited about for your internship?

While I'm excited to put my skills and knowledge to good use, I'm most excited to simply accompany the communities in which I will be working. In his book Tattoos on the Heart, Gregory Boyle says that it is "not about taking the right stand on issues, but standing in the right place." I'm excited to stand somewhere new.

If you would like to learn more about the Internship Program and the application process, click here!