Wait, where am I? No, I haven’t mixed up Sweden with Switzerland, I am actually in the latter country. More exactly, in Geneva, working for my thesis and doing an internship at World Health Organization. Now, for a public health student, being an intern at WHO is a pretty exciting thing. Before I tell you how my first experiences here were, I’m going to tell you how I got to have the internship.
The master programme has quite a bit of “Study abroad” opportunities. I’m sure you might have seen the webpage already, but here it is again, just in case : http://pingpong.ki.se/public/courseId/7007/coursePath/5549/ecp/lang-en/publicPage.do?item=3920065 Once you are a master student at KI, just follow the procedures they detail on the website. It’s pretty straightforward, and honestly, this generation has a knack for compiling applications 🙂
I for one chose to apply to WHO HQ in Geneva, to see how WHO works in order to promote evidence informed health policy-making. Now, this is a field that has to compete for priority with a multitude of other, similarly important, fields. So it’s a great opportunity for me to see, up close, what are the challenges that this very exciting field is facing.
This is my fourth week of internship, and I’ll be here until the end of April. I haven’t made up my mind about what would be the core of my experience in Geneva, because it’s simply too diverse. As a result, I will try to write short updates about how my work is progressing thoughout the rest of my stay here. Between thesis and internship, time is scarce, but I think readers will be interested in knowing what the last semester of the programme could entail. And just a reminder: feel free to contact me if you have specific questions about my experience in this masters. I might blog with irregularity some times, but I’m be happy to answer any of your questions.