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Interns for the year 2014

We are very happy to introduce you to the interns who are working with New Concept this summer from Xavier Institute of Communications (XIC) and Denver University (DU).

Interns from DU
Meghan Prentiss is doing her Master of Arts in International Development Denver, Colorado, USA and a Global Health Affairs Certificate – Concentration in Project Management. Earlier to this she worked as a data specialist in Lyons, Colorado, where she communicated with local community leaders and mayor in the Town of Lyons flood recovery committee about their specific data needs. She identified and created a vulnerability index of seven key variables to use for identifying the immediate population in need including those most affected. She also trained and advised the recovery committee on data content, merging new data, and how to use Microsoft Excel for their data needs. Meghan has worked with the African Community Centre, and much earlier in mid-2013, with UHURU , on a collaborative project between her university and Massai Mara, Kenya, where as an intern, she Designed/conducted individual and key informant water sanitation and hygiene pilot surveys; Engaged with local IDP resettlement community, Jikaze, to develop an evaluation of social entrepreneurship activities in lettuce farming and chicken coups and identified and reported regional fundraising and grant opportunities to the Development Director. In the first half of this year, Meghan has worked on water issues. Meghan comes from the state of Arizona and this is her first trip to India.

Pyper Scharer is originally from Seattle, and is doing her Master of Arts in International Development, Certificate in Global Health Affairs, from DU, Colorado. With a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, Gender & Women’s Studies Sequence, Pyper has in the summer of 2010-2011 worked with Nirman an organisation in Varanasi (yes, this is her second trip to India), where she Co-taught mathematics to classes of 10-25 elementary school students at every grade level, facilitated production of Montessori-based teaching aids with local materials and integrated aids into mathematics curriculum by teaching students and teachers on how to use them. Besides several internship and summer stints, interestingly Pyper has worked with Barbara Hyde Evans Design Seattle, WA, as an Operations Associate June – August 2012, wherein she coordinated and executed administrative and operational functions in support of a residential and commercial interior architecture and design firm, analyzed, redesigned, and implemented revised organizational systems to improve efficiency of designers and conducted strategic communication with, and transportation to and from, showrooms and receivership.

Profile of the interns from XIC
Neha Kumari, a student of Xavier Institute of Communications (XIC), Mumbai is a post graduate candidate in the Communication for Development course. She has worked with a niche business magazine based on corporate sustainability. She has done a variety of interesting projects which include a short film production for UNICEF (based on marital rape), documentary on surrogacy, organizing a three week road safety campaign for two-wheelers in Navi Mumbai. She has experience in field research as well. Her aim is to move towards developmental journalism in the near future.

Venkatesh Nittala is a student of Xavier Institute of Communications (Xaviers College, Mumbai) and is studying Communication for Development course. He has worked with All India Radio (New Delhi), Hakuhodo Percept (New Delhi) and Greymatters Communications (New Delhi) in the past. He has good knowledge about how a radio station, advertising agency and a public relation organisation functions. He has worked on road safety campaign for two-wheelers with Navi Mumbai traffic police and has done research work in the Taleghar District of Maharashtra. He has made a film for UNICEF on marital rape. He likes traveling and interacting with new people.

Interns for the year 2013

Interns from Denver University (DU) who worked with New Concept and Jaishankar Memorial Centre in the summer of 2013.

Profile of the interns
Kelly Harvard is a MA candidate at the Josef Korbel School of International Relations at the University of Denver where she studies Global Health and Economic Development. Kelly has long been interested in women's health and has focused her research on maternal and child health at JKSIS. Kelly is also interested in health metrics and how data can inform decision making. Her goal is to eventually work for an international NGO on a programmatic level. She has been enjoying her work at JMC/GRC and is still trying to get adjusted to the heat.

Yizhe Xu studies in the DU Global Health Affairs and Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration program. Previously she worked in a technology start up company in Shanghai, China. At DU Yizhe has been interested in improving people's health and the use of technology in developing world. Her goal is to work with a multinational organization on programs around the world.

Interns for the year 2012
Profile of the Interns

Gregory Arthur Maly who worked with New Concept Information Systems (NCIS) during the summer of 2012, is a Masters Degree candidate at Josef Korbel School of International Studies at University of Denver in Colorado, a research assistant at the schools Global Health Affairs Program, and a course facilitator and technology consultant with the Institute for Technology and Social Change in Washington, DC. With just under a decade of professional experience in the fields of diplomacy and development, his work has ranged from that of practicing interpersonal conflict resolution and community based research and development at the grassroots level, including in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, to designing conflict management tools for peacebuilding practitioners around the more

Majo Aldana has been a candidate of Masters in International Studies from Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver (DU), Colorado. She has been associated with many international research organizations like Center for Disease Control, Population Council, Institute for Reproductive Health, and UNDP. While working with these organizations, she has been involved in various initiatives on health, education, gender, and family planning, under capacities of research assistant, fieldwork researcher and more

Interns for the year 2011

Profile of the Interns

Kunal Gyanchandani is a post-graduate from IIFM and had joined New Concept’s Research and Survey department, Delhi. He was learning data collection and analysis. Kunal has a government certification in PLC programming. He plays sports and is extremely adventurous. He also has a spiritual side to him and reads a lot on spirituality.

Preksha Sirsikar had joined the documentation team at New Concept. She has a strong urge to be of constructive use to society and sees herself working towards this end. Preksha also likes sports and won a Badminton Championship at IIFM during her post-graduation. 

Ravi Vatsa is a post-graduate from IIFM who had joined New Concept in the Communications team in charge of work in Bihar. He likes writing poetry and is a skilled organizer. He had also participated in fund raising for organizations such as HelpAge India.

Somesh Mehta had joined New Concept, Hyderabad and was working on marketing intelligence and analysis. He was NCC Cadet for 2 years during his graduation at BIT, Mesra. He loves creating and devising new methods and approach. He likes to play badminton and has participated in many dancing events. 

Darshit Raval had joined New Concept in the documentation, Delhi Team. He has been part of the Marketing, HR, Operations, Finance and Quiz committees at XIMB. He has worked a lot to bring about the social and spiritual welfare of young people like himself. 

Tripti Agarwal had joined New Concept, Delhi Marketing Team and was working on marketing intelligence and analysis. She took part in various activities such as dramatics and sports, both in school and college events (XIMB). She likes travelling and communicating with people belonging to different cultures

Interns - from Denver University (DU)
Summer-2010-worked with New Concept and JMC over two months

They successfully completed their internship and presented useful outcomes to the Delhi Mission Director on Convergence and the Health Secretary of Delhi Government.

Profile of the interns

Blaire Davis - Studies in the DU Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration program, and has a strong background in program evaluation and economics (BA). She will lead on programmatic and facility issues, taking the lead on facility surveys and studying integration with RSBY, Apollo, Smart Cards, etc. Blaire has worked in Thailand and traveled quite a bit in India.

Sarah Miller - Studies in the DU International Development program and has a strong human rights background. She would approach the community health question from the community standpoint, focusing on community capacity and leadership, mobility and settlement tenure issues, and participatory mapping, as well as matching programs to community needs. She has worked on short projects in India and in Africa.

Britt Reiersgord - Student in the DU International Administration program, will take the lead on overall project management and rationalization, helping with planning, putting all of the different data elements -- especially the technical implementation of mapping in the lab and in the field. Britt is the unofficial GIS point person, and also a whiz at database management. Britt has spent a fair amount of time in Cameroon.

Nicole Wong - was completing the DU- MA in International Studies and plans to apply to medical school as soon as she finishes. She is completing the same strenuous course load as the others while working a fulltime job at the Department of Homeland Security. Though not traveled much for work, Nicole did her BA thesis on plague and influenza outbreaks in colonial India has been focusing on sex workers in India. As an undergrad at DU she did a major in history with a triple minor in bio, chemistry, physics (pre-med).