Name: Kenzie Lindquist
Hometown: Hebron, Illinois
Interning with: FNRI-NAMD
Location: The Philippines
Position: Nutrition Assessment and Monitoring Division Intern
Traveling to a variety of different locations throughout the Philippines, I am assigned to assist the FNRI-NAMD team of researchers by conducting interviews, taking anthropometric measurements, weighing and recording food intake of respondents, and any other tasks the researchers ask of me.
Through applying and getting accepted into the Freeman Asia program.
I was drawn to this internship for many reasons. One of my best friends had recommended it to me after she had done it the year prior and I thought about applying for about a year. I could not pass up an opportunity of a lifetime to go to the Philippines for FREE and experience how the other side of the world lives. Also, I was not wanting to work in the hospital quite yet so I decided this internship was the perfect fit for me and my adventurous soul.
IWU helped me understand the importance of culturally competent healthcare that inspired my interest in understanding the values of different cultures. Taking the class research taught me how to critique research studies as well as fueled my interest in wanting to do more research. I have built an immense amount of knowledge and skills working in the hospital which prepared me for this internship.
I hope to gain an understanding of Asian culture which will ultimately help improve my cultural competence. In addition, being a part of this research team I hope to learn the nature of how conducting research actually works. Finally, I will improve my understanding of nutrition and the use of anthropometric measurements.
It has been rewarding to witness a culture which is very generous and hospitable. Even though some of the respondents were food insecure and were impoverished, they still insisted on giving food that they had away.
It is vital to have an internship because of the exposure to unique experiences that will better prepare you in who you want to be. Internships allow the opportunity to work through uncomfortable/foreign situations which ultimately create personal growth.