IIP Internships in Guatemala
Asociación de Salud Integral (ASI)/Clinica Familiar Luis Angel Garcia (CFLAG)
About: Asociación de Salud Integral (ASI) / Clinica Familiar Luis Angel Garcia (CFLAG) is a non-governmental organization with 25 years of experience managing a variety of health programs. ASI is a multidisciplinary team that develops a variety of projects with the ultimate goal of reducing the impact of the AIDS epidemic in the population. ASI originated as the parent organization for the Clínica Familiar “Luis Angel García,” an HIV specialty clinic within Guatemala City’s General Hospital. Its initial mission was to provide medical care to people living with HIV and to increase HIV awareness through prevention and the defense of the human rights of those living with HIV.
Intern Responsibilities: The selected IIP interns will have the opportunity to create their own research project, which does not need to be strictly clinical, biomedical, or scientific in nature. Also, the IIP intern will have access to patient interactions to include in his or her research. This project should be thought out carefully prior to the start of the internship. Students who apply should make an appointment with IIP Director Luisa Duarte-Silva to review medical prerequisites. In addition, applicants must submit an additional essay with their application that describes the research project they intend to carry out under the supervision of a Princeton faculty member.
Qualifications: This internship is ideal for pre-med students with Spanish skills. Students with an academic interest in medicine, anthropology, psychology, and/or nutrition are also encouraged to apply. Fluency in Spanish is required.
Previous work experiences (in the words of the past IIP interns): Intern #1: Observed clinical rotations; headed own research project. Intern #2: I was responsible for carrying out an independent research project in which I assessed stigma and discrimination among HIV/AIDS patients at CFLAG in Guatemala City. This was accomplished through qualitative interviews with patients that seek to understand cultural attitudes and structural discrimination. I learned a great deal about the research process, especially investigation that deals with humans and the ethical process in conducting projects such as mine. I was also been exposed to the integrative health care model for HIV/AIDS patients at the clinic as well as the structure of health care in the country through visits to the local general hospital. I presented my findings to the clinic at the end of my experience and I hope the results shed some light on the particular challenges that are facing the patients in living with their condition.
View Powerpoint presentations by past IIP interns:
CFLAG Lisa Tom.pdf
CFLAG, Guatemala, Rounds, Daniel.pdf
This internship is offered in partnership with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and can be used by GHP juniors for completion of the GHP Summer Research Requirement (please check the appropriate box on your application).