Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children
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Bevyn Mannke

Major: History
Minor: Pre-Med
Hometown: Glen Mills, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I first volunteered for the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC) through our Penn State Chapter. I traveled to Project Limon, Nicaragua, in March 2016 and then to Project Huancayo, Peru, in March 2017. After communicating with FIMRC Headquarters in Philadelphia, I applied for an internship online. I submitted two recommendation letters, a personal statement, and my resume. I then went through two rounds of interviews with Madeleine Randolet, Global Innovations Manager, and Meredith Welsh, CEO. Contact info:

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

My work, as the summer's primary intern, was centered around planning a Leadership Seminar for FIMRC's Collegiate Chapters. We held the event in Philadelphia, and over twenty college chapters were in attendance. The conference focused on helping these students plan their school's volunteer trips, organize fundraisers, and coordinate executive leadership as a board. I also worked on updating the non-profit's recruitment strategy for this coming year. I updated contact information at various universities, wrote blog posts that focused on the communities that FIMRC assists, and made suggestions for website improvements that would make the organizations' mission more prominent in the offered material.

How did this experience impact you academically?

My experiences with FIMRC thus far has not only confirmed my desire to pursue medical school, but also allowed me to begin to understand what healthcare truly means. The experiences of traveling to two Foundation sites and working in the non-profit headquarters have allowed me to appreciate the complexities of public health on a global scale. This organization has changed my perspective and the ways in which I now approach the dense logistics of any healthcare system. While observing different medical scenarios abroad, I have found myself analyzing each new healthcare experience with a critical eye in terms of the system’s public health implications.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

My summer at The Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC) helped me solidify my own career goals and provided me with a stronger understanding of the complexities of global health. My FIMRC experiences, to date, have allowed me to appreciate the broad scope of health concerns that are unique to every international community. In order to combat these intricacies, my first goal is to complete a Master’s degree in Global Health, before pursuing medical school in the US. Following my graduation from Penn State, my ultimate goal is to establish and coordinate sustainable healthcare in the developing world.

My FIMRC experiences, to date, have allowed me to appreciate the broad scope of health concerns that are unique to every international community.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Yes. This is a great program for anyone interested in global health/international development.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

My liberal arts background significantly helped me relate to this internship. Through communicating with chapter conference attendees, constructing blog posts, and organizing web materials, I was able to observe and participate in developing the skills that are involved in overseeing a non-profit medical relief organization. My FIMRC internship helped me develop a stronger understanding of my own skills as well as an appreciation for global healthcare inequalities. I hope to bring my new understandings of health care disparities, and methods by which to overcome these disparities, to my future career as a doctor. FIMRC has given me the opportunity to connect public health to my pre-med curriculum, and I could not be more thankful.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.
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