This year's group of Cmiel interns have written reports on their summer activities. These students, undergraduates and graduates from the University of Iowa, all received funding to pursue internships with organizations and agencies in the United States and abroad. Reading about their experiences and work below!
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Amelia Hurst- Bairo Pite Clinic
Dili, East Timor
"I heard Dr. Dan Murphy speak to the global health program at CCOM in the Fall of 2015. He spoke at length about the history of the Bairo Pite Clinic, from its establishment as a triage center during East Timor’s war for independence to its current position as possibly the most trusted health care facility in the country. I was intrigued by the post-conflict developing health system and the role that the Bairo Pite clinic continues to play in that development. In particular, I was drawn by Dr. Murphy’s discussion of the clinic midwives, who deliver more than a hundred babies a month and routinely perform deliveries that would require cesarean section in most developed countries...." Continue reading.
Anahita Sotoohi- Children at Risk (CAR)
"I spent my Cmiel-funded experience with a legislative advocacy group focused on child welfare in Houston, Texas, called Children at Risk (CAR). Although the office had teams focused on a wide number of issues (child trafficking, access to education, funding for preschool), my work specifically focused on foster care reform. Shortly before I arrived at CAR, a federal court had ruled that the state of Texas that their foster care system was violating the constitutional rights of the children in it, and that they therefore had to embark on a laundry list of court-ordered steps in order to reform it. My task, then, was to research a specific way in which Texas could fulfill those steps..." Continue reading.
Devon Jensen- Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD)
"ARDD-Legal Aid welcomed me as an intern within its Humanitarian Affairs unit between early May and July of 2016. In keeping with its growing practice to support justice inside and outside of court systems, the organization took interest in threats to environmental justice among local disadvantaged groups and tasked me to lead the research effort. So, over the summer period, I remained disappointingly sedentary within the ARDD-Legal Aid office to produce from partner documents a 30-page brief on the composite challenges of these groups to access daily resources relative to peers..." Continue reading.
Emily Summers (Weston Intern)- South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR)
"Immigration law and human rights issues inspired me to attend law school. As a case manager at a community center, and then as a legal assistant at an immigration law firm, I often saw the complexity of immigration issues and how difficult it can be to help clients through situations without a tangible solution. Since I began law school, I knew that I wanted to practice immigration law, and that has not changed in the last two years. As such, I applied and accepted a Legal Internship with the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) for my second summer in law school..." Continue reading.
Stephanie Domingo- Sambhavna Clinic
"My time spent in Bhopal, India was both unexpected and valuable. I traveled to the small city of Bhopal in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh with my significant other Ryan, who is also an undergraduate student. We went to volunteer for The Sambhavna Clinic, which is a non-governmental health facility located in Bhopal. The Clinic was created to treat the affected victims of the horrifying Bhopal Gas Disaster of 1984." Continue reading.
Jessica Waters- Bairo Pite Clinic
Dili, East Timor
"When I first began researching possibilities for a clinical global health elective during the summer following my first year of medical school, I did not know very much about what would become my host-country, East Timor. This is not surprising, as prior to this year, I would not have been able to pick it out on a map. I relied heavily on sources like the CIA world Fact Book, which told me that women in East Timor give have, on average, around six children, and that the median age for both men and women is 19 – a young population that reflects both the high birth rate and the Indonesian occupation that wiped out nearly an entire generation of Timorese." Continue reading.