I’ve finished my first week with GBCHealth and it’s been incredibly enjoyable. The first few days at a new job can sometimes be daunting as you try and get your head around what’s going on and remembering everyone’s names, but everyone has been incredibly friendly and welcoming towards me.
For anyone that doesn’t know, GBCHealth is a non-profit organisation which aims to leverage the power and resources of the business community for positive impact on global health challenges. GBCHealth facilitates this in a number of ways: by facilitating partnerships between members; convening and connecting businesses, governments, non-governmental organisations etc; championing best practices; providing advisory services and guidance and representing business in key global health settings.
I’ve been assigned to the project ‘Healthy Women, Healthy Economies’, which is GBCHealth’s platform for galvanizing and facilitating corporate action to improve the health, well-being, and opportunity of women and girls. It is centered on 4 main pillars of impact: Health (especially maternal and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and PMTCT), Education, Economic Empowerment, and Rights. My role will be to help develop a system which will allow members to gain an insight into what other companies are currently doing around the world in relation to women and girls, in order to form partnerships, and benefit from synergies and economies of scale. It’s a really exciting project, and something I’m glad to be a part of.
There are six other interns who started at the same time as myself, so it’s been a lot of fun getting to know them. Some are discovering NYC at the same time as myself (having come from other areas of the USA). It’s been really interesting to hear their perspectives of the USA, and seeing their reactions to developments such as the Supreme Court’s decision that ‘Obamacare’ is constitutional.
Aside from work, I have met up with Polly and Anna (the other Birmingham interns working in NYC with ‘The Moth’) and Dave (our alumni ‘buddy’) at Prospect Park for some drinks with other Alumni at their monthly get-together. It was a lot of fun, and really fascinating to speak to former students about their lives since graduating. There was a lot of reminiscing on their part as we described life at University of Birmingham, as well as sadness as they realised that some of their favourite watering holes were no longer in existence!
It’s safe to say that I’m having one of the best experiences of my life thus far, and I often catch myself smiling, thinking about the fact that I’m working with an incredible organisation on a project that I’m passionate about, in one of the most amazing cities – things that would not have been possible for me without the University of Birmingham.