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Blizard Institute - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Blizard Student on Global Health Programme Awarded Internship at the World Health Organization



Zoe Ballantyne is a student on the MSc Global Health, Law and Governance programme. She is currently an Intern at the World Health Organization:WHO. Here she explains more about her experience.

What motivated you to apply for an internship at WHO?

I was interested in getting exposure to policy level work in a global organisation. The content of my Masters programme along with my medical background seemed to lead me in the direction of WHO, and the time was right to put my investment into my studies into some kind of real world experience.

Tell us about your role and what you do.

I am one of three interns currently in the HPU. I am working on one of the thematic areas for the 9th Global Conference on Health Promotion which will take place towards the end of next year. The first few weeks involved lots of reading to understand the subject of health literacy, and since then I have put together an abstract for a presentation at another conference next year. I am working on developing a questionnaire through which to assess countries’ activities in the area health literacy, and a complimentary literature review. Hopefully the work will contribute towards a background paper for the 9th GCHP.

What have you enjoyed most?

I have a real interest in the subject area of my work, and developing my knowledge and expertise on the subject is really enjoyable. I also feel very fortunate to be experiencing the life and culture of the WHO HQ and meeting other interns and experts here.