To build strong partnerships, nothing beats face-to-face connection. Through GROW, students and partners deepen their relationship, evaluate progress, and plan the year ahead.

Grassroots On-site Work Internships

Since 2007, more than 260 students have interned on-site with GlobeMed partner organizations around the world.

GROW (Grassroots On-site Work) strengthens the relationships between students and their grassroots health partners. Every year, 3-5 students from each chapter intern on the ground for 3-8 weeks with their partner organization. The mutual learning that results strengthens the capacity of both sides. Back on campus, students share their learning with their chapters, equipping them with the firsthand knowledge to be improved advocates for the following year.

NEWS UPDATE: GlobeMed is thrilled to announce the continuation of our collaboration with the Global Health Fellows Program II (GHFP-II), a cooperative agreement of the US Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID’s GHFP-II Program is implemented by the Public Health Institute. Through GHFP-II, we are able to provide internship grants to students from groups underrepresented in global health.

Read more about USAID and PHI’s support of GlobeMed GROW internships.

GROW has three goals:

1. To strengthen and expand the programs, resources, and knowledge of partner organizations to increase their capacity for impact.

GlobeMed partner organizations are doing incredible work but all face critical gaps in capacity. With access to tremendous resources, like the expertise of professors, cutting-edge technology, talented peers, and funding, students have the power to help fill these gaps. GROW allows students to bring the resources of their universities to the frontlines of global health. From sharing research to capturing powerful media, students help organizations strengthen their own work and power their missions. Stronger partner organizations mean improved health for impoverished communities, faster.

“We are looking forward to welcoming and having you and your team working with us shoulder to shoulder at the BFT center and community to build hope and bright futures for our younger generation.”
- Sedtha Long, Executive Director of Build Your Future Today (BFT) partnered with GlobeMed at University of Virginia

2. To engage in mutual learning to strengthen all aspects of the partnership.

On GROW, students work alongside partner organization staff, gaining a firsthand look a the community’s health issues and how their partner organization is addressing them. The stories and learning they gain inform their perspective as future leaders, and equip their chapter to mobilize more resources the following year. Partner organizations deepen their knowledge of the GlobeMed model and network. Understanding inspires commitment and supports another year of successful collaboration.

3. To evaluate progress and plan for the year ahead in order to support long-term stability of the partnership.

GlobeMed students work with their partner organization to evaluate the previous year’s project and partnership. Together, they assess the data collected, stories told, and goals achieved to plan for the following years. This process ensures accountability, learning and improvement on both sides. They are then able to apply these insights to the design of the following year’s project. By the end of the GROW internships, students and partners complete a draft of the next year’s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). By acknowledging short-term successes and setting long-term goals, GROW interns shape the future of their partnership.

GROWing in Nicaragua: GlobeMed at Rhodes College and AMOS
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GlobeMed at Rhodes: GROWing in Nicaragua