Summer 2015: My Experiences as a Global Health Leadership Intern

By Jasmine Uysal
UCLA School of Public Health
Summer 2015 (August 10-September 18) Global Health Leadership Intern

As a passionate Global Health MPH student at UCLA and self-proclaimed humanitarian, I learned about Unite For Sight (UFS) and immediately found myself inexplicably drawn to the organization and its mission to, “pioneer responsible healthcare delivery that serves, empowers, and mentors organizations and individuals to provide high-quality outcomes.” My primary goal in serving as a Unite For Sight Summer 2015 Global Health Leadership Intern was to expand my understanding of non-profit management and grassroots community health care mobilization in developing contexts. I am happy to say that the internship met, and in many aspects exceeded, my expectations.

During my time in New Haven, I worked closely with the compassionately-committed Unite For Sight team, including Jennifer Staple-Clark, Founder and CEO, and Lanch McCormick, Executive Director. I had the incredible opportunity to network with world-class global health professionals, and I even sat in at Yale's "Introduction to Global Health" lectures as well as at Unite For Sight speaking events. I spent my days reviewing literature and writing educational coursework for the Global Health University, promoting safe and sustainable best practices for global development, sitting in on global health webinars and other learning opportunities, absorbing the importance and critical aspects of quality research design and analysis, and furthering my understanding of how to drive global health delivery outcomes by fortifying local, sustainable partnerships. In only six short weeks, the Unite For Sight internship transformed my capabilities and perspective on global health development and leadership.

My specific internship tasks included the following:

As a UFS intern, I not only entered the world of global health, but I got to be a part of the change advocating for sustainable, community-based solutions grounded in constant feedback evaluation and outcomes-based program assessment. As I leave New Haven and enter my MPH studies at UCLA, I will take these lessons and this experience to heart, continuing the practice of grassroots partnerships and solutions. Even more exciting, I will stay connected and involved with UFS as a Campus Representative at UCLA and hopefully as a future participant at the Global Health & Innovation Conference. Once you start at Unite For Sight, you just don’t want to leave!