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

Last Mile Populations Lab Interns

Michael B. Clark is an MPH student at NYU’s College of Global Public Health, studying Social and Behavioral Health, with a particular interest on the effect of displacement for the health of highly stigmatized populations. He recently returned from Kenya as a Fulbright US Student Researcher, where he was working with LGBTI refugees in Nairobi and Kakuma Refugee Camp. Michael’s research began in 2016 while conducting research on similar populations in Uganda through scholarships from Gilman and the Fund for Education Abroad. Since then, he has continued research and advocacy for sexual and gender minorities in East Africa and in the United States. Michael’s interest in displacement comes from the traumatic resettlement his family experienced as members of the Pit River Tribe of Northern California. 

Jihye Yang is an MPH student at NYU’s College of Global Public Health, with a concentration 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 and 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. Jihye is interested in expanding her knowledge on implementing cost effective and sustainable health interventions aimed to improve population health.

Aikanysh Nurlanova is an undergraduate student at the American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan, majoring in Sociology. She is participating at Bard College Globalization and International Affairs Program in NYC for Spring 2019. Aikanysh is interested in improving women and children’s health, and to increase health access for the most vulnerable and marginalized populations. She has worked with non-governmental public health organizations in Central Asia, where she focused on maternal health care and child nutrition. While working in the National AiDS Center in Kyrgyzstan, Aikanysh has also contributed to the reduction of HIV/AIDS based stigma among medical workers. She hopes that interning at HealthRight International will help her gain unique experience and knowledge and later apply them to help marginalized populations.

Alejandra Villanueva is an MHA student at Columbia University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health with minors in Business and Sociology from the University of North Texas at Dallas. Alejandra has a background in assessing the needs of communities through her work as a Fellow in the Young Women’s Advisory Council and through her volunteer experience with Children’s Hospital. Her research interest include searching for sustainable solutions for the major healthcare issues faced by hospitals and healthcare systems today. Alejandra is also a current mentee of the National Association of Healthcare Executives (AHHE) program where she works alongside Alina Moran, CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals-Metropolitan, to explore new strategic initiatives in relation to the needs of the hospital, patients, and the near by community. 

Jennifer Norris is an MPH student at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, with a particular interest in maternal and children’s health and health education. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology from Pennsylvania State University. Jennifer has experience working with an entirely student-run philanthropy raising money for children battling pediatric cancer. Jennifer hopes to use the knowledge she has gained at Columbia and working with NGOs to improve maternal mortality rates in rural Georgia.


Bella Valeur is a graduate student at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, majoring in The Psychology of Language. She specializes in health communications and is particularly interested in communications across cultures and socioeconomic disparities. She has been involved in a large-scale multi-cultural psychological study investigating stigmatization of smokers in Denmark and the U.S., and she has designed information boards for the children’s ward at the regional hospital. Bella is working with HealthRight to develop a new communication strategy.


Kate Baumann is a MD/MPH student at New York University with an interest in global women’s health. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from Rice University. Kate currently volunteers with The Women’s Health Free Clinic. She is also serving as a research assistant for a project on cascade testing for hereditary gynecologic cancers.