Summer 2015: My Experiences as a Global Health Leadership Intern

By Erin Mathios
Cornell University Student
Summer 2015 (June 29-August 21) Global Health Leadership Intern

Working as a Global Health Leadership Intern has been an exceptional learning experience. My knowledge about best health practices, cultural competency and measuring health outcomes has grown immensely over eight weeks. On my first day of work, I was reminded that 80% of blindness is preventable. This fact continuously astounds me. The percentage reveals that many populations remain underserved and face barriers to care. Above all, it highlights the potential to prevent blindness and restore sight to patients. Over the course of my internship, I was able to witness the numerous ways in which Unite For Sight works to provide sight-restoring surgeries and to create sustainable change. I gained a deep appreciation for Unite For Sight’s model, along with the organization’s commitment to disseminating best practices and supporting local clinics.

I was involved in several projects throughout my internship:

Working on a wide variety of projects throughout my internship provided me with a comprehensive look into how a non-profit is run and managed. From research and data analysis to writing posts for the upcoming Global Health & Innovation Conference, I was able to gain invaluable experience and insight into the global health field. I am so grateful to have worked with such a talented and dedicated team. Being a part of such a stellar organization has undoubtedly contributed to my passion and interest in pursuing a public health career.