International Internship Program
Deesha Sarma ’13
Concentration: Woodrow Wilson School
Placement: Bioversity, Rome, Italy
I worked on a nutrition research project on the country of Timor-Leste, as part of the Advisory Group to Agriculture and Nutrition (AGAN). My goal was to understand why different regions of Timor-Leste have reported different anthropometry indicators for stunting, underweight, and wasting and how this relates to the agro-ecosystem of the region. I also wrote up a report of the 36 countries identified by The Lancet and the WHO as being high-burden countries due to their extremely high stunting prevalence rates, and explored the intersections between agriculture, nutrition, and health for each region.
Chou Chou ’13
Concentration: Molecular Biology
Placement: Kokrobitey Clinic, Accra, Ghana
I worked with the Ghanaian Red Cross Society with first aid training. We held two first aid courses here in Ghana, one in a rural fishing village and another in the capital city of Ghana. Our course focused on issues particularly relevant to Ghana, such as drowning and car accidents. We trained 11 people in our first workshop and 12 in our second workshop. Our course was four days long with three hours of class and practice each day. I also put together a first aid field manual and an instructional video on behalf of the Kokrobitey Institute. Towards the beginning of our placement, we spent a week using recycled materials to make first aid supplies. We also put together a guide for the Ghanaians on how to make their own first aid supplies from recycled materials.
Elizabeth Sajewski ’13
Concentration: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Placement: Seureca, Mombasa, Kenya
My main responsibility was creating and implementing a customer survey for the customers of Mombasa Water and Sewerage Company. I also created a scheme for implementing serial metering to check for water meter over/under registration as well as to create a consumption pattern for Mombasa, which did not exist. Working on the customer survey required me to go into the field and learn a lot about meters and the set up people have for their water meters as well as their general usages of water and their water availability. I also had to learn much about plumbing/plumbing fittings in order to create a way to install serial meters, and I came up with a list of fittings we would need.
Jiun Ruey-Hu ’13
Concentration: Molecular Biology
Placement: INSERM, Paris, France
I was responsible for (1) setting up and standardizing the Bioflux blood perfusion system and (2) testing the binding of various human-murine chimeras of Von Willebrand Factor (VWF) to murine platelets in vitro. This lab engineered several versions of Von Willebrand Factor that are combinations of human and murine parts ("chimeras"). The goal of my project was to test in vitro how well each of these Von Willebrand Factor chimeras binds to platelets, compared to murine Von Willebrand Factor. I did this by pumping them systematically through capillaries in the Bioflux blood perfusion system and quantifying their interaction. With the guidance of my supervisor Ana, I learned how to use the new Bioflux blood perfusion system that the lab just bought. I created a detailed protocol outlining how to do experiments with the Bioflux system, a protocol that I continuously updated whenever we found ways to improve the process.
Sarah Simon '13
Concentration: Comparative Literature
Placement: Fondation Monet, Giverny, France (Princeton in France)
My internship opened up many new ideas and ways of living to me and in that sense it certainly impacted me as a person. I became more aware of the role language plays in communication and how different life can be from the way people generally function in my usual part of the world. That inspired me to continue studying languages at Princeton and to continue experimenting with working and living abroad. I knew going in to the internship that it would be all physical labor, so I looked forward to using my brain and body in a different way from academics, and I really just wanted to focus on experiencing France in every way. I made wonderful French friends, tried many new foods, and generally feel that I successfully drank in as much of French culture as I could.