Hello! My name is Amelia Conrad and I am completing the final summer in pursuit of my Master of Development Practice Degree at Emory University. One of the most unique and exciting parts about this degree program is the two summer international practicum requirement, which helps students apply their classroom learning to “real world” fieldwork. To fulfill this requirement, I spent summer 2015 in Ethiopia, conducting an evaluation of two sexual assault clinics, and will be working with CARE Pathways in Malawi for summer 2016. Although this will be my first opportunity to work with Pathways in a field office, I have interned with the Pathways program in the Atlanta, Georgia office since October 2014, supporting communications, monitoring and evaluation, and report writing, and had the opportunity to travel to the CARE Ethiopia office to help develop gender monitoring indicators in January 2016. I am beyond excited to join the Pathways team in Malawi—after meeting some of the staff at the Annual Meeting in February, I was very impressed by the work they are doing to consolidate their findings and scale up their impact!
In addition to my work with CARE, I have spent the last 9 months serving as a graduate assistant with the Global Access to Information program at The Carter Center, another outstanding Atlanta-based international organization. Although my graduate career has concentrated on Africa, my prior experience is mainly in Latin America so the past two years have been an amazing opportunity to expand my geographic focus and learn about development in other parts of the world! When I’m not pursuing development-related work, I am an avid traveler, enjoy running half marathons, and go hiking whenever I get a chance. My hometown(as well as my mom, dad, and little sister!) is in Iowa, but I attended Tulane University in New Orleans as an undergraduate and am eager to experience as much of the world as possible! My passion is working to end gender-based inequities that affect women and girls all over the world, from my neighborhood streets in Atlanta to rural communities in Africa, and I hope to continue this work after completing this last stage of my graduate education.