Alumni success projects

Collin applied to the Foundation for Sustainable Community Based Development—Jinja Uganda in order to learn more about community-based development. As a Master of Public Policy: International Development, Collin is interested in learning various ways to help reduce conflict. He believes no confrontation or conflict can be approached the same way.…
When the thought of applying for summer 2022 internships crossed Jocelyn’s mind, her internship school advisors had suggested she apply for the Geneseo Student Ambassadorship Awards, which select a handful of students to receive grants to create their own community-based projects. Having had interest in studying abroad since high school,…
Moriah applied to the program as a former FSD alum because she had previously completed her Master’s research and service learning project in Uganda in 2011 (Masaka). Since then, she has researched and written about Uganda. In the 3rd year of her Ph.D. program, she was preparing to complete her…
Johannes applied to the FSD research internship to pursue his interest in questions about how political processes relate to climate change and environmental degradation. Completing his Bachelor’s in Development Studies program with an internship at FSD was a way for him to engage deeply with this topic, while also learning…
As an International Relations and Socio-medical science major, Chizoba has always been fascinated by identifying and studying the origins of various socially grounded issues in different societies. She believes that global affairs and global health education studies provide as vast an opportunity as they do a challenge. Her application to…
Janelle joined the FSD virtual internship program because she sought a genuine experience with dedicated and committed development workers, who could help break down the process of bettering and empowering local communities. The phases of project development, including needs assessment, planning, and implementation are often confusing and intertwined, especially at…
Audrey application to FSD’s virtual internship program was motivated by her will to: broaden her understanding of development challenges outside of the United States, gain grassroots communities experience, and learn to tailor projects to local needs. Audrey worked with a group of grandmothers in a small village of Kyriowa; during…
Sheyenne implemented a project focused on empowering the students at Johnhill Secondary School about the basic concepts of food security/insecurity, increase their nutritional knowledge, and empowering them with basic backyard farming skills. During the community assessment, the community shared some challenges related to improving their food and nutrition. Project activities…
Women and children continue to be subjected to discrimination by community members not wanting to buy a product because they believe the quality is low. Hector applied for the FSD virtual internship program to help empower the community of women and children with disabilites so that they can feel proud…
www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2c0O9LEze4 Alison went in for the FSD research internship with the expectation that she was going to get valuable research experience. She was hoping that this would serve as a great resource and talking point for going into her future public health masters program. Alison was also hoping to get…
Abby applied to participate on the internship program because she had an interest in working in cross-cultural environments and to pursue a career in reproductive health. She expected to work alongside and also learn from community members to help facilitate a project/research. The project she created was focused on menstrual…
Anna and Elie, both students from Northwestern University on GESI program were engaged in community project focused on health. They worked along with staff from FSD’s partner host organization called Kakira Out growers Rural Development Fund (KORD) on an open water spring rehabilitation project. The project took place within the…
Ipsita, Khantey and Camille applied for the GESI and FSD program out of a desire to both learn more about development work, as well as a desire to enact meaningful and sustainable change within a community. The project undertaken by the interns was devised in response to and alongside simultaneous…
The motivation for Amy, Alexander, Angshu and Lami to apply on the program, was the opportunity to gain experience working in a developing country. They felt excited about the chance to work directly with a nonprofit based in Uganda, but there was also some uncertainty. The time difference between Chicago…
Zoe, Khalid and Arielle, GESI Students from Northwestern University decided to apply to this program because they hoped to make a difference in the lives of people. They wanted to learn more about other cultures and how they can make a difference in their lives. The project they implemented was…
In order to ensure a child grows into a responsible citizen of the world, a mother plays strong role of building the child’s foundation. This involves working along with a community network that seeks to see a generation of young people with capacity of making decisions that influence growth of…
Safe and available water is essential for individual and public health. The global community is experiencing a crisis in water quality and availability. Illness and deaths caused by contaminated water is at an all-time high, which is threatening the health and well-being of people across the globe. With the climate…
Elizabeth participated in the virtual internship program with the hope to gain some international working experience for the very first time. Her goal was to learn about a new culture while also gaining skills to carry into future career endeavors. Through working with a nongovernmental organization abroad, experience working on…
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