The Global Health Institute is looking for a communications intern who is savvy in social media and has the skills to perform other communications duties.
The intern works directly with the GHI communications manager and GHI’s administrator on a variety of tasks, including website posts, social media outreach, infographics, news writing, newsletter creation and other tasks as assigned.
Apply by August 11, 2017.
- Take a lead role in the planning and execution of a social media platform (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vimeo)
- Assist with website, including posting new content and making existing content more user friendly
- Take a lead role in producing the weekly Events+ newsletter; assist with e-newsletter and annual report
- Write and edit content, including news stories, feature articles, news releases and development and website materials
- Perform administrative services such as word processing, proofreading, fact checking, organizing photo files, preparing information for distribution, creating graphics, etc.
- Work at GHI events through set-up, cleanup and assistance throughout the event
- Other ad hoc projects assigned by communications or administration that ensure that GHI communications run smoothly
- Excellent communication skills, especially listening, writing, editing and design capabilities
- Hands on experience with social media, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn
- Must be graduating no sooner than May 2018
- Ideally, be able to work starting in late August/ September start date possible
- Preferred: global health/ environmental health students with experience in Journalism and/or Mass Communications/Life Sciences Communication
- Hands on experience with a variety of electronic tools including MailChimp, Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator), Microsoft Office, WordPress
- Working knowledge of AP style
- Demonstrated ability to work independently within deadlines
- Curiosity and enthusiasm for global health and GHI, and a desire to share the mission and vision to attract support for the Institute
- Wage: $10.00 per hour
- 10-12 hours per week depending on workload and class schedule. Most hours will be spent at the Medical Sciences Center office. More hours may be available during the summer.
How to apply:
- Submit a cover letter, resume and two writing samples to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Application deadline: August 18, 2017
This story was originally posted July 10 by the African Studies Program
Over the 4th of July holiday our 2017 Mandela Washington Fellows joined in the celebration of American independence with a bit of BBQ, baseball, and fireworks. Afterwards, three fellows took a moment to reflect on the commemorations of independence in their home countries and to explain the meaning of these celebrations.
Emerencia Nguarambuka: Celebrating freedom in Namibia on March 21st
Independence is freedom, democracy and growth. It means being able to live peacefully, and coexist in harmony, respect for fellow human beings and fighting for equal rights for all humanity, regardless of sex, creed, race, color, religion, etc. It also means having equal access to resources, closing the inequality and poverty gap.
Independence means a second chance and making use of all opportunities the right way. This is especially important to me because prior to an independent Namibia, we were not allowed education, work, free movement, and so much other social stuff. Now we have a chance to redefine our future, and let our children grow up in a better environment with greater opportunities.
In Namibia, independence is celebrated on the 21st of March. Namibia gained independence from South Africa in 1990. We were colonized since the late 19th century. From 1884, Namibia was a German colony known as German South West Africa. After the First World War, South Africa was mandated to administer Namibia as a colony/territory.
To celebrate the holiday, traditional performances and artists provide music and dance throughout the day and after the main event. There are parades by the Defense Force (army), Air Force and the marines, which are inspected by the President and given honors. Previous heroes and heroines are also honored and receive special badges in honor of their role for the fight of independence.
School children also have plays and parades at the Independence Day, which adds more color to the event. At times we also have parachutes as part of the celebrations. The Government will provide small promotional materials such as paper flags and t-shirts to the public for free. Each five year independence (I.e. 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 years) is always a bigger celebration held in the capital city Windhoek and the President invites dignitaries and international friends from countries which helped Namibia attain independence.
After the big event, other regions can also hold delayed independence celebrations for those people who could not travel all the way to the capital city. Food and entertainment is provided. Normally various Ministers will be assigned to these regions to deliver the President’s independence message.
Free Transport is normally provided to all who want to attend the celebrations in order to attract as many people as possible.
Prior to independence celebrations, all media normally carries news and video articles related to independence, focusing on development in the country, as well as interviewing heroes and heroines who can tell their stories of their time fighting for independence.
Marcio Brito: An independent Cape Verde honors Amilcar Cabral on July 5
Cape Verde received its independence from Portugal on the 5th of July in 1975. On the 4th of July, young people host parties in anticipation of the July 5th holiday, people meet up with family and share meals. There’s also a festival and military parade where the president gives medals to officers. Independence celebrations in Cape Verde are about commemorating the birth of a liberated country. They’re also about celebrating the father of Cape Verde – Amilcar Cabral.
Cabral was born on the 12th of September (another national holiday) in Bafata, Guinea-Bissau and was assassinated in 1973, two years before Cape Verde gained independence. His efforts, along with members of the African Party of Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (P.A.I.G.C.) helped instill dignity in a population who recognized the evident discrimination against them by Portugal, despite the country’s claims that its colonies could “never be separate.”
After the 1974 death of the Portuguese president and dictator and a military coup, the years 1974-1976 marked the independence of the former Portuguese colonies, with Guinea-Bissau being the first nation to receive its independence.
Since its independence, Cape Verde has grown from having a population where 80% of its citizens were unschooled to its current place as a nation with an educated population of 95% gaining access to a basic right that had been denied by the imperial Portuguese powers.
Omari Mahiza: From two countries to one independent Tanzania on December 9th
I am from Tanzania. My independence day is on the 9th of December. Before Independence day – before Tanzania – there were two different counties. One is an island, that is Zanzibar and the other one is the mainland, that was called Tanganyika. So these two places came together and together (in 1964) they formed the country now that is known as Tanzania. So, that day these two countries came together – that’s called Union Day. It’s usually on the 26th of April. But, there is another date that is known as Revolution Day, which is celebrated in Zanzibar. They went through a revolution before their independence. This is known as Revolution Day which is on the 12th of January.
Starting with Independence day, usually there’s a big parade, usually there is an announcement of where the year’s celebration is going to take place so we all know where we need to gather. Usually, it takes place in the National Stadium in Dar el Salaam. Recently it’s been moved around so it can be anywhere, really. People go dressed in flags. You find that all the armed forces are there – the police, army, the navy – everyone will be there. There’ll be a parade, where all those forces pass in front of the president. They salute the president and put on a show for everyone. It’s free, so everyone can attend.
There’s a speech from the president who might wait a whole year to say something specifically for Independence day with regards to workers rights or something which is big. Usually it’s just a celebration of where we’ve been, so we remind ourselves where we were – we got our independence in 1961 from the British. So usually we remind ourselves where we were, where we are right now, and where we want to go.
Fifty-something years after independence I think we’re still struggling with the same things that we were struggling with like fifty years ago. Some of the issues have actually become worse than they were fifty years ago, if you can imagine that. So, what independence means to me, is at least, more freedom of expression these days. I think mostly it means the freedom of expression – people can say I am this – and most of the time not being persecuted. It’s still a challenge, there are certain issues where we are not there yet, but you can see that we are trying. Freedom of speech, freedom of expression is what independence should be.
Emerencia Nguarambuka (Namibia) is an Executive Assistant to the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of ICT and does her own charity work in her community by assisting poor, young vulnerable women and children through donations of basic items.
Márcio Brito (Cabo Verde) works in the ‘Rádio e Tecnologias Educativas ‘ RTE’ where he produces and presents a daily program from 8 to 11 o’clock in the morning from Monday to Friday.
Omari Mahiza (Tanzania) is a doctor employed by the government to work at Amana Hospital in the pediatrics department.
-by Hiwot Adilow
-This story was originally posted by the African Studies Program
In mid-June, the University of Wisconsin-Madison will welcome 25 young African leaders to campus, representing 20 countries and diverse professional fields including healthcare, law, journalism, social services, human rights and public administration.
The fellowship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, brings 1,000 leaders between the ages of 25 and 35 from across Africa to complete a six-week academic and experiential learning institute at U.S. institutions. UW-Madison will host 25 fellows, 15 women and 10 men. They will arrive on June 16.
The Global Health Institute joins other campus partners, including the African Studies Program, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the La Follette School of Public Affairs, the Office of Quality Improvement, the Law School and the School of Education to develop academic curriculum.
“We anticipated a high-caliber group after hosting the fellowship for the first time in summer 2016,” African Studies Program Associate Director Aleia McCord said. “Once again, we are pleased to welcome a cohort of inspirational young leaders and change makers to Wisconsin.”
For example, Emmanuella Langsi, a 2017 Fellow from Cameroon, currently serves as a child protection officer in the United Nations peacekeeping mission to the Central African Republic. In this position, Langsi advocates for policies that protect the rights of children and negotiates with armed groups for the release of child soldiers. Over the last year and a half, she estimates she has influenced the lives of more than 400 vulnerable children.
Sierra Leonean Fellow Abdulai Conteh has a background in mental health and psychosocial support programs. Following the 2014 Ebola crisis, which killed more than 11,000 across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, Conteh provides self-care sessions to hotline operators, burial team members and orphaned children who experienced traumatic realities on the frontlines of the outbreak. Conteh hopes to return home after the fellowship with public administration knowledge applicable to mental health delivery systems in Sierra Leone.
Diénéba Dème, a science journalist from Mali, has ambitious goals of her own. After working as a radio journalist, Dème is now engaged in the recruiting and training of science journalists, hoping to raise Mali’s profile as an international model for science journalism. “Malian science journalists will be among the best in the world,” she said.
When not in the classroom, learning continues through experiential site visits and community service. This year, the fellows will work with Lussier Community Education Center, River Food Pantry, Porchlight, Community GroundWorks, Badger Rock Middle School and more.
“As soon as our 2016 Mandela Fellows left, we began receiving questions about whether we would host the fellowship again,” McCord said. “We are fortunate to have a community as excited about the Fellows’ arrival as the Fellows themselves.”
Indeed, there is no shortage of excitement for the Fellows.
Dumsani Mamba will come to Madison from Swaziland and already seems to understand the value of a Madison summer. He says he is most excited about “meeting new people, being in a place I never knew existed in the United States… acquiring information and knowledge from one of the best leadership institutions and enjoying the summer in the lake.”
– By Megan Doll 6/8
The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and is made possible by the support of the American people through the U.S. Department of State and administered by IREX. For more information, please visit MandelaWashingtonFellowship.state.gov.
May 22, 2017 By Emily Hamer
A group of 75 University of Wisconsin–Madison students will be in the field May 21-26 to learn firsthand about the diversity of the state’s health care system.
As a part of the Wisconsin Express program, which is organized by the Wisconsin Area Health Education Centers, the students will travel to 11 communities across Wisconsin, learning about public health dilemmas in the state, Wisconsin Express statewide program coordinator Keri Robbins said. Students visit clinics, shadow health care professionals and participate in activities that help them learn about diverse Wisconsin communities such as, Native American tribes, Somali refugees, Amish populations, and more.