Meet the Interns: Sarah Turkaly

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This summer, four graduate students from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia will be interning with the Pathways program in Bangladesh, Ghana, and Malawi. You’ll be hearing from the interns throughout the summer with firsthand accounts of their experiences and their participation in the program. 

My name is Sarah Turkaly and I am a first year student in the Masters in Development Practice program at Emory University. I am originally from Midlothian, Virginia, where my parents and younger brother still live. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Affairs and a minor in Global Sustainability from the University of Virginia in 2015. During my time as an undergraduate student, I participated in both local and international development work. I was fortunate to be part of a team that received a grant to conduct research in partnership with BRAC, a large Bangladeshi NGO. Our team conducted a needs and capabilities assessment of BRAC’s community library system over one summer. This experience solidified my desire to pursue a career in international development with a focus on program evaluation.

I have decided to intern with CARE Pathways because I hope to learn from the program’s strong theory of change. I am also interested in how Pathways goes about providing interventions that consider a wide variety of development issues ranging from women’s empowerment to climate change resilience. The program in Ghana is particularly exciting to me because of its implementation of informal Village Savings and Loan Associations in order to enhance women’s capacity, provide education on important issues, and create a platform for important conversations. I am looking forward to learning from the CARE staff in Ghana and experiencing first hand the work they are doing to empower women through agriculture and community-based organizing.