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Meet Our 2021 Summer Interns

This summer we have a new group of interns helping to advance our programs. We will be focusing on implementing a Maternal Health Certification training in El Salvador, creating additional health trainings for our current health workers, and preparing to resume Community Health Worker trainings in El Salvador and Sierra Leone at the end of this year! Additionally, some of our interns are working on the beginnings of new projects in Honduras and in the US. Welcome to the team!

Michala Geraty

Hi there! My name is Michala Geraty. I am one of the undergraduate student interns this summer at International HELP. I am finishing up my third year at Liberty University with a Public Health, Health Promotion major and a Spanish minor. I am so excited for this internship, as I have a real passion for Global Health and fighting disease. I hope to continue in my education and get a Masters of Public Health. I am from Pennsylvania, but I am in Virginia for school and I have loved my time here so far. I can’t wait to see what this summer has in store and all the great work I will have an opportunity to be a part of!

 

Quin Buisch

I’m currently a rising senior at Long Island University, majoring in Global Studies. I’m interested in global health, cultural sensitivity, and communications. My goal is to work in an intersection of the three to be an agent for change to solve global issues such as ending preventable diseases, world hunger, and period poverty. I am so excited to join the International HELP team this summer as a Social Media/Marketing Intern!

 

Evelyn Argueta

Hi my name is Evelyn Argueta I am currently serving in the U.S. Air Force, I am also a graduate student at Liberty University, working towards a Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Global Health. I received a Bachelors of Science in Public Health at the University of Texas at San Antonio. I have public health volunteer and work experience through a number of organizations including The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Global Health Brigades. Through my practicum at International Help, I hope to apply the skills and knowledge acquired through my graduate education in order to make an impactful and lasting difference in communities abroad.

 

Madeleine Burkholder

I am currently a student at Saint Louis University in the process of earning a Master of Public Health, and I am concentrating in Global Health and Biosecurity/Disaster Preparedness. I had intended to pursue a medical degree, however, my eyes were opened to the idea of public health when I worked with a diabetes prevention program. After that experience, I knew working to prevent disease was my newfound passion, rather than treating disease. I look forward to learning from International HELP and serving local communities this summer, as I hope to take this experience and my degree to vulnerable communities around the world to aid in disease prevention.

 

Arushi Ishwar

Hi everyone, my name is Arushi Ishwar and I will be an undergraduate health intern this summer at International HELP! I’m currently living in the greater Philadelphia area and just finished the first year of my undergraduate at Haverford College. I am currently a prospective psychology major and health studies minor on the pre-med track. In the past, I have worked on a few global-health-related endeavors with companies like Child Family Health International and Amnesty International. In my free time, I enjoy baking as well as learning new languages like Spanish and Hindi. I’m very excited to learn more about global health and cultures and assist with International HELP’s mission this summer!

 

Timothy Ramseyer

I am in the Master of Public Health program at Liberty University online and will finish the degree after completing my practicum. Since seeing the incredible health needs of communities in developing nations while on a mission trip to Nicaragua in High School, I have known that I want to work in the global health sector to develop sustainable solutions to health problems. I graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and will be starting a residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology in July 2021. I believe the experience gained through this internship will help me use my training in pathology to increase the availability of medical laboratory services in underserved communities. I am looking forward to working with International HELP, and I believe the projects we work on will contribute meaningfully to the health of the communities served.

 

Jemima C. Stanley

My name is Jemima C. Stanley, I am a student doctor currently finishing up medical school in the USA. I did my first five years of medical school in China and am originally from Singapore. I am passionate about Global Health and enjoy research as well. I am currently the Vice-Chair of the International Committee at the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association.  I have done a Global Health fellowship with Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children. I have also completed a public health research internship with the Colon Cancer Foundation, which involved working with Dana-farber’s Cancer Institute. I have worked on a couple of volunteering programs with the United Nations regarding WASH projects, telehealth implementation, etc. I have also published a paper through an university-funded research project on IgA Nephropathy and have experience with research on Covid-19 as well. I plan on doing electives in Sri Lanka, India and other countries over the next two years before starting my residency here in the United States. I love debating and participating in water sports recreationally.

 

Samuel Smejka

My name is Samuel Smejkal and I am currently finishing up my Master of Public Health from the University of Lynchburg. I started the program back in 2017 and in addition to all that has happened this past year, I have seen the need for providing people with knowledge and best practices for keeping individuals and communities healthy. I have a strong passion for educating the public and developing programs that make the most impact on their well being. This goes hand-in-hand with what I am currently working on with International HELP. I am assisting in the development of a Parent Class aimed at Child Safety, continue the development of a Community Health Worker certification program and assisting in the search for funding for these programs. In my time outside of work, I enjoy playing with my children and spending quiet evenings relaxing with my wife while watching one of our shows. I am also an avid disc golfer. I look forward to seeing how much work I can put in with these projects and I can’t wait to see them implemented.

 

Sureena Mann

As a rising senior at Santa Clara University studying biology and public health, I first became passionate about public health after witnessing the health disparities present in the rural villages my parents had grown up in. I was drawn to International HELP after seeing how this organization is directly working towards decreasing gaps in healthcare access across the globe. I have always been passionate about enacting social change in my own local communities and I hope that I will be able to continue to act on this passion at International HELP. As a Health Intern, I am excited to have the opportunity to help this organization grow by creating training curriculum for community health workers and exploring new ways to expand the current training process to an accessible virtual format.