The Women and Health Initiative (W&HI) and the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) developed the winter session course, Field Experience in Maternal Health, to provide students with an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge to maternal health issues in developing countries through direct experiences with MHTF partner organizations. Each student’s experience is individually designed to meet the needs of the host organizations and students’ individual skill set.

These placements last for three weeks during the January winter session term and focus on a very specific task, such as a needs assessment, the launch of a new activity or service, or the development of a draft proposal or report, in the context of the maternal health work of the organization or institution. The internship may involve collecting data, visiting sites, conducting interviews, and other activities that are at the core of program and project implementation in the field of maternal health. It is our hope that these placements lead to further long-term collaborations and partnerships.

This blog is a collection of student experiences participating in this course.