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Clara- Botswana Intern

This summer I worked for a company called Universal Research Company in Gaborone, Botswana. I was an intern for two months working in the capital city. I assisted an office with paper work and making calculations on data that was collected from clinics. The work atmosphere was a struggle to adjust to because the work culture in Botswana is different.

Though overcoming the different work culture was difficult it was an overall good experience. I was able to meet people from many different countries as well as work closely with the Ministry of Health in Botswana. The research allowed for me to learn more about my interests in my field of study (Sociology). I was able to apply statistical research to creating pamphlets and presentations to better assist Botswana in their health programs.

During my stay I also made connections with people from various fields. I stayed in an ex-pat house and met people from South Africa, Thailand, the U.K. and the U.S.A. The opportunity to meet and connect with different cultures and people working in different fields allowed for me to discuss my work with others and learn about how different operations in Botswana were interconnected. At one point my fieldwork led me to be working with another friend who was interning at a hospital.

Overall the internship was a very unique and beneficial experience. I set it up on my own without school support, and through my own research, but the time it took to search for and apply to it was well worth the effort. I have gained valuable field experience as well as insight into how my Sociology degree can be applied in the future. This summer has helped me develop new ideas and goals for my post-graduate plans.

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