Introducing the Summer Intern Blog Series


The Pathway’s Midterm Review is pleased to invite 6 interns –  Masters Students from Emory’s Development Practice program, Georgia State’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Program for Nonprofit Management, and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health to the blog. Although these students were chosen for their qualitative research strengths, they play an especially interesting role in the blog. As each of these students experience Pathways for the first time, they will contribute to the blog by sharing their reflections and experiences with the program. The newness of the program and each of the Pathway’s countries – Tanzania, Ghana, Malawi, Mali and India – to the interns will be conducive to especially insightful observations and photos.  The following students will host the summer-intern blog series from different Pathway’s countries:

Charlotte Newman Introducing the Summer Intern Blog Series

Charlotte Newman,

Prior to starting her Masters program at Emory, Charlotte spent three years living and working in southern Mexico, transitioning from English Teacher to Program Coordinator at a small, nonprofit microfinance institution. Charlotte currently works as an Assistant Editor for an online microfinance news publication, MicroCapital. In addition to her international work, she has interned in the US with a variety of nonprofit organizations, including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Stop Hunger Now, and more recently the Atlanta Food Commons, which aims to provide affordable and healthy food options in poor Atlanta neighborhoods. Charlotte is very much looking forward to her first trip to Ghana and to applying the research tools she has learned over the past school year to help evaluate the impact of CARE’s Pathways program. She hopes to gain meaningful experience and skills that will help her be a more insightful development practitioner in the future.

Morgan Mercer 600x754 Introducing the Summer Intern Blog Series

Morgan Mercer,

Morgan is a second year graduate student in the Master’s in Development Practice program at Emory University. Her first international field practicum was in Madagascar where she was a part of a multi-disciplinary research team conducting field work in Ranomafana National Park around the ecology of infectious disease. The data collected is being used by Partners in Health affiliated organization called PIVOT to create an integrated primary health care system within the area. Additionally, Morgan worked with Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture where she designed and implemented a mixed method community health assessment in Atlanta, GA as part of her local field practicum.  Morgan is looking forward supporting the Pathways mid-term review in both Mali and Tanzania – a unique opportunity to experience how the program operates in the context of two different countries.

Eliza Cowan 600x896 Introducing the Summer Intern Blog Series

Eliza Cowan,

Eliza Cowan is a Master of Public Health student at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, concentrating in Global Environmental Health. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont, she analyzed the sustainability of different agricultural techniques used by small-holder farmers on a large farm in Limpopo, South Africa for seven months. This experience broadened her perspective of the diverse public health issues that affect many marginalized communities in the global south. She is most looking forward to the getting into the field and conducting focus groups with her team in India.



linkedin photo 1a1 600x900 Introducing the Summer Intern Blog Series


Melissa Jennings,

Prior to beginning her Master’s in Nonprofit Management in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Melissa volunteered  for the Peace Corps in Costa Rica. During this time, Melissa executed a community diagnostic using qualitative, quantitative, and participatory methods and taught project design and management. Previous to her international work, Melissa developed, coordinated, and assessed a number of programs for under-privileged youth for Youth Enrichment Services – a small nonprofit in Pittsburgh, PA. Melissa is looking forward to supporting the Pathway’s Program evaluate its impact on program participants in terms of food security and gender empowerment. She is also interested in experiencing how CARE International uses participatory methods to adapt the Pathway’s Program to the unique and evolving needs of program participants in 6 different countries – especially Malawi.

DSC00067 600x626 Introducing the Summer Intern Blog Series

Lauren Godfrey,

While completing her undergraduate degree at Syracuse University, Lauren interned at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, where she researched foreign assistance reform and learned about conflict areas around the world. After graduation in 2009, she worked for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein in San Francisco and later volunteered with WorldTeach in rural Tanzania for one year. Since moving to Atlanta, she has worked with Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture and carried out a team research project examining food decisions seniors make. Her development interests lie in education, governance and food sovereignty, especially how various sectors interact in achieving development outcomes. She most looks forward learning from CARE staff and being able to contribute to Pathways in a meaningful way

COX photo 600x900 Introducing the Summer Intern Blog Series

Hannah Cox,

Hannah Cox is a current Emory student in the Masters of Development Practice program with a background in Cultural Anthropology and Post-Colonial Literature from the University of Georgia.  Before starting the MDP program at Emory, Hannah served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Tanzania for two years.  Since returning to the states, Hannah has worked as a Program Assistant for Improve International, researching in the water and sanitation sector. She has also interned with Project South: the Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide, studying social justice movements in the Southeastern United States.  Hannah is headed to Orissa in East India and is looking forward to working with the CARE India Pathways team as well as speaking with beneficiaries to evaluate the program’s impact.  She intends to hone her skills in qualitative research while thoroughly enjoying India.



Posted by Melissa Jennings