Dr. Fernando Fuentes and Ms. Sylvie Rousseau, representatives from USAID, visited the Colorado School of Public Health at Colorado State University this week. They held an informational session about USAID Global Health internships and fellowships. Students also had the opportunity to have their resumes reviewed by Dr. Fuentes and Ms. Roussea after the session.

USAID Global Health internships and fellowships are ideal opportunities for MPH students to gain international experience with policy, program management, health communication and data analysis. Internship opportunities last three months and take place in Washington, D.C. during which a student will focus on specific international policies. Fellowships are two years long and usually involve placement abroad after graduation from a master’s level program.

Dr. Fuentes and Ms. Rousseau emphasized the personal qualities necessary to be effective in international development. According to Ms. Rousseau, the most important qualities are “flexibility, humility, and empathy,” as well as a sincere passion for the work. Their ideal candidates for USAID programs are those with outstanding professional and personal skills. They also highlighted the importance of polished professional documents like resumes and cover letters, especially when applying to competitive programs like those within USAID.

For more information about USAID Global Health internships and fellowships, please visitwww.ghfp.net.