The Last Mile Populations Lab and Human Rights Clinic offer internship opportunities for the fall and spring semesters, as well as during the summer.

Summer 2018 Interns

Svetlana Fortel is a second year Master of Public Health student at New York University concentrating in public health policy and management. Prior to enrolling at NYU, Svetlana earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at St. John’s University. With over ten years of experience working as a pharmacist at major medical centers in NYC, Svetlana has provided care for disadvantaged patients and witnessed firsthand the challenges they face. She strongly believes that healthcare is a fundamental human right, and the need for it surpasses all geo-political borders and socio-economic conventions. Svetlana is interested in program development and nonprofit management targeting increasing healthcare access for marginalized groups.

Naomi Medina-Jaudes is a recent graduate from Williams College where she majored in Economics and Public Health. She is interested in maternal and child health, with a particular interest in preventing gender-based violence in developing countries. Naomi is also interested in infectious diseases, especially those that disproportionately affect marginalized communities, and learning how to develop sustainable solutions that are tailored to communities. While at Williams College, Naomi spent a summer in Malawi interning at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), and studied community health for a semester in South Africa. Lastly, Naomi wrote her undergraduate honors thesis on how cash transfer and empowerment programs in Uganda impact maternal and child well-being.

Jihye Yang is an MPH student at NYU’s College of Global Public Health, where she is concentrating in global health. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Physiology with a minor in music from the University of Iowa. Jihye has an extensive background working and volunteering for vulnerable populations in New York and Iowa by creating hygiene campaigns and providing information on proper nutrition. Her research interest is to improve maternal-child health, and to increase health access for underserved and marginalized populations at the community and global level. Jihye’s academic background has equipped her with the necessary tools to contribute to the development of population health programs. During her internship at HealthRight, Jihye hopes to expand her knowledge on implementing cost effective and sustainable health interventions aimed to improve population health.

Zaira Apolinario Chaplin is an undergraduate sophomore majoring in International Relations at Pomona College. At Pomona, Zaira works as an intern in the Student Leadership and Mentoring Program office (SLMP). In this position, Zaira helps create environments for first generation and low-income students to thrive by reporting their lived experiences to policy implementers at Pomona College. Her internship at SLMPH has also taught her about the importance of advocacy and empowering marginalized communities, which are crucial components of HealthRight’s work. As a HealthRight intern, Zaira hopes to learn about community oriented advocacy work on a larger scale in order to help prepare for a career in non-governmental work after she graduates.



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