Grassroots On-site Work (GROW) 


Photo taken during Cornell University's GROW internship in Guatemala (2015).

Photo taken during Cornell University's GROW internship in Guatemala (2015).

Since 2007, more than 1,100 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.

GlobeMed is proud to work alongside the Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II to support GROW interns and to enhance the US Agency for International Development’s efforts to advance diversity in international development by connecting underrepresented communities with careers in global health.



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 capacity for impact. Stronger partner organizations mean better health outcomes for their communities.

2. To engage in mutual learning and relationship-building to deepento strengthen all aspects of the partnership.
On GROW, students work alongside partner organization staff, gaining a firsthand look at grassroots work to see the barriers that communities face  and how their partner organization is addressing them. The stories they hear inform their perspective as future leaders and equip their chapter to mobilize more resources to support their partner in the future. At the same time, partner organizations deepen their knowledge of the GlobeMed model and network and gain experience managing student interns. The time students and partners spend together on GROW fosters friendship and mutual understanding, which inspires individuals’ commitment to global health equity and deepens the partnership for future 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 projects 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 Partnership Action Framework (PAF) . By highlighting short-term successes and setting long-term goals, GROW interns shape the future of their partnership.