Some of our students will be working internationally over the next year. Pranav Reddy, a senior Political Science Major, is the first student from the Ohio State University to be named 2012-2013 Clinton Fellow by the American India Foundation (AIF). The program consists of a 10 month fellowship in India where the Clinton Fellows are trained to work on development issues. The Fellowship assigns students to important and influential NGOs and social enterprises. According to the AIF website, the mission of the program is "to accelerate social and economic change in India while creating a lasting connection between the leaders of tomorrow and India". To learn more about the program please visit the AIF website.
After undergoing a very competitive selection process involving essays and several interviews, Pranav Reddy was chosen to participate this upcoming fall in the Fellowship. Pranav will be working with an NGO called Calcutta Kids where he will be helping several health initiative projects. Pranav explains more about the program below:
"Calutta Kids was founded by Noah Levinson, who's an American. When I talked to him, he told me that the fellows are usually involved in all stages of policy and protocol, since it's a relatively small NGO. There are multiple projects that need help within Calcutta Kids, including management of the health clinic (that has a diarrhea treatment facility, serves pregnant women and children up to the age of 3, and is staffed by doctors and health workers), monitoring and evaluating the interventions (the org's pretty data-driven), a community mobilization project (health promotion/counseling focused), donor relations, building an annual report and maintaining the website, and working with Noah himself to make Culcutta Kids sustainable long-term."
Pranav will be heading to Calcutta in September with a second fellow from Brandeis. During his time in India, Pranav will be writing a blog to keep all of us updated on his experience. After his fellowship, Pranav will be attending Brown University's Medical School. We wish him all the best and we look forward to following him on his journey.