Internship Series: United States Agency for International Development (USAID) – Malawi

Rachel Edwards Rachel Edwards internship
CAS ’20 | Sociology and Environmental Analysis & Policy
Overseas Summer Intern

CCD: Tell us about your internship experience. What were your responsibilities? 

RE: I worked as a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist to analyze, review, and present data from the 2015-16 Malawi Demographic and Health Survey. I also traveled to conduct Data Quality Assessments at district and outreach health facilities in Lilongwe, Balaka, and Salima. Additionally, I provided organizational support to the Family Health Team of USAID Malawi.

CCD: What was the best thing about this experience? What was the worst?

RE: The best thing about this experience was the opportunity to work with data and perform data quality assessments at primary data sources. The worst part about this experience was identifying systematic data quality issues without having the appropriate means to combat them.

CCD: How has this experience changed your future plans?

RE: This experience solidified my interest in development. Additionally, it gave me hands on experience with data, reaffirming how necessary data collection and analysis are in the human sciences.

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