Josephine Karianjahi ‘09


High School: Precious Blood Secondary School, Riruta, Kenya

Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya

Major: Growth and Structure of Cities/Economics

Activities: Bryn Mawr African and Caribbean Student Organization, Admissions Recruiting Intern, Tour Guide, Hall Adviser (2007-2009)

Interests: consulting, leadership development, Africa, urban planning, public health, dance, web and multimedia.

Internship: District of Columbia Department of Health / HIV AIDS Administration – Prevention Bureau

My project when I was in the District involved HIV/AIDS perinatal transmission (Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission) I remain keenly interested in global HIV/AIDS, which the internship complemented.My travel and living in a new city made the experience much more than a work opportunity, but a launching pad for cultural immersion in Washington DC as well. The placement was in line with my dual interests in urban planning and public health. Through a mix of research, direct service and policy analysis, I saw the classroom studies over the last six semesters at Bryn Mawr College come alive in the communities which the Department Of Health serves and the dedicated staffers who are fighting a modern epidemic of HIV/AIDS unlike any previously experienced in the United States. I thank the Katherine Houghton Hepburn Center for my placement and for the incredible learning opportunity through this internship. I believe that the internship embodied the spirit of Dr Howard Thurman's words, "Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." The Bryn Mawr student experience is one that encourages me to seek and take opportunities that have challenged my academic preparation and broadened my learning and horizons.

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Hepburn Center 2008 Summer Interns

Josephine Karianjahi