OzTREKK was so excited to hear about Caroline’s opportunity, especially since we have deemed Public Health as our February Program of the Month! We wanted to feature her experience at the World Health Organization, and her love her energy and dedication toward public health. We also love her photos and they make us want to board the next plane to Geneva. Just sayin’.
Here is a Q&A between OzTREKK and Caroline:
Why did you decide to study Public Health at the University of Queensland?
I heard about the Master of Public Health program through a colleague on a public health campaign. She had recently completed the program and was very positive about her time in Australia. I thought that obtaining my degree internationally would give me a better perspective on global health.
What is your impression of the program?
The University of Queensland program is full of interesting research in many different fields. There is a wide variety of courses available, and students have great opportunities to take courses in other fields and interact with world-renowned researchers. The program really encourages student independence and the development of research skills, and enables students to network with other students from across the globe.
Why and how did you set up your internship with the WHO?
I applied for the WHO internship online prior to arriving in Australia, and arranged to take up my internship over the Australian summer holiday. The WHO is a global leader in public health, and has created a significant amount of the most important public health policy documents in existence today. I was honored to be given the opportunity to work for them, and to get a glimpse of the workings of such an important organization.
How long is your internship?
Originally my internship was meant to be 2 months long, but I have been given the opportunity to extend my internship for 1 more month, for a grand total of 3 months.
What are you currently working on during your internship? Who do you work with?
I am an intern with the Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals, working for Dr. Philippe Duclos, who is the Secretariat of the WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization. In this role, I am coordinating the hiring of a new working group of experts on vaccine hesitancy and assisting with updates to the WHO’s vaccine position papers.
How valuable is this WHO internship for your career following graduation?
This opportunity has been invaluable as it has given me insight and clarification into what I enjoy and where I can see myself working in the future. It has also allowed me to network with experts and other interns from around the globe, giving me the opportunity to create an extensive network of contacts that may assist me upon graduation, and with whom I expect to work in the future.
What’s been the best part of your experience studying in Australia?
The best part of Australia has absolutely been the people that I have met. Local Australians have been friendly and welcoming; my peers have been knowledgeable, experienced, and have taught me infinite amounts about public health in other countries; and my professors have given me extensive research opportunities and really encouraged me to apply my skills rather than just learn them from textbooks. Oh… and the beaches don’t hurt either!
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