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What kind of internships can I get as a senior high-schooler that could look good in my college application?

I'm a high school student from Nepal. It was a year ago when I thought of studying abroads and came to discover that an internship might as well be a standing point in my whole college application. I would love to get an internship related with public health, gender equality. #publichealth #college #genderequality

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Christine’s Answer

There are opportunities to volunteer for local Health Fairs Blood Drives and of course now Covid Vaccine information and distribution sites. All show community involvement and Public Health Awareness.
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Kelly’s Answer

I agree with Christine, -there is a major public health crisis happening in our world right now - there are lots of opportunity to get involved and volunteer. Maybe you could google local programs or foundations whose goal is to get the vaccine to disadvantaged communities. Then you could check to their websites to see if any have volunteer opportunities listed or reach out directly to offer your services? It's a great idea and hopefully you would both learn a lot and contribute to society in a positive way!
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Eric’s Answer

Generally, I would pursue an internship that aligns to your desired career path. It sounds like that may be health oriented. At your age, depending on your situation I would try to do everything and anything you can. In my experience people are often not going to turn down help when it's offered to them. If applicable, you may be able to shadow certain medical staff, be an assistant to a medical worker, or work on public health campaigns. Basically, I would try to get as close to the sidelines of what you want to do for a career because that experience and what you do with that experience will help catapult you to other interest and areas for career growth.
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Katherine’s Answer

When you think about public health, a lot of what we consider are topics like lack of access to healthcare for different populations (due to income), different health outcomes based on gender/ethnicity, unequal access to things that make people healthy (food, shelter, transportation, etc). Volunteering/working at food banks and organizations that work to provide services to underserved communities, and those that advocate for things like affordable housing are all great experiences if you want to go into public health. It depends on what you like to do too. If you like teaching, become a volunteer to mentor/tutor kids. If you like gardening, volunteer for an organization that manages community gardens to provide fresh produce to underserved communities. If you're interested in environmental health, get an internship with an organization that works on issues like access to clean water. There are a lot of opportunities!

Katherine recommends the following next steps:

Identify what your interests are in public health: policy, environmental health, global health?
Look at organizations in your community that work on these issues or advocate for change
Look for organizations offering internships related to your areas of interest
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