Karinna Gerhardt, middle

Karinna Gerhardt ‘20, a political science major and Truman Scholar from Seattle, Wash.,  is spending part of her summer in Jordan and shares this experience of her internship:

This summer, I’m interning with the Jordan National Red Crescent Society in Amman. I spent this past semester studying abroad in Amman with SIT: Jordan, and my teachers helped connect me with Red Crescent (a national society of the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies). I’ve been working mostly with the Community Based Health and First Aid (CBHFA) team, which coordinates public health campaigns across Jordan. Red Crescent volunteers go into schools, homes, and refugee communities to talk about personal hygiene, domestic violence, healthy eating, and many other topics. Some of the tasks I feel most proud of are conducting interviews with CBHFA beneficiaries and presenting my findings to the visiting General Director for International Relations of the Japanese Red Cross, creating an interactive community map of CBHFA in Amman, and writing a report on drug abuse prevention. I’m currently working on improving monitoring and evaluation systems for projects and volunteers. My favorite part of my internship is following volunteers on health campaigns. In the photo above, we visited a school and talked with kids about personal hygiene.

Karinna’s summer experience is being supported through a Macalester Summer Internship Grant. 

July 29 2019

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