Communications and Development Intern 2013: What has my Internship at CRHP meant to me?

This week we bid farewell to Mike Murdock who has been working with CRHP for the past five months as a Communications and Development intern. We asked him what his time working at CRHP has meant to him. This is his response. 

Mike settles into India life!
Mike settles into India life!

The time I have spent at CRHP has been immensely worthwhile. I have learned much about healthcare, the social issues that face those living in rural India, and myself. I have grown as I’ve become familiar with how the management of an NGO is accomplished and have come to realize that there is no magic formula to make it all work.

What I appreciate most about CRHP’s approach is its agenda to demystify medicine. I firmly believe that healthcare should be accessible to everyone and should have an empowering effect on people. It was actually quite refreshing to find an organization like CRHP that works to this effect, as I have felt in my experiences with healthcare professionals and institutions in the United States that the focus is almost entirely the opposite. Health is something that everyone has a right to have and CRHP does a wonderful job in championing that cause. Instead of guarding medicine like it is a well-kept secret, CRHP uses this knowledge to empower people and spreads it throughout the communities, especially via the Village Health Workers and Mobile Health Team.

I came to CRHP to work mostly in communications and development, although I have had the opportunity to witness the delivery of healthcare and the details that go on behind it. My time here has helped me professionally in several ways. I’ve learned much about social media, grant proposals, and organizing and managing volunteers and visitors. I’ve learned how grassroots organizations work, the dedication required to sustain them, and the pressures that exist on the sole decision makers. I’ve become much more familiar with the delicate task of balancing priorities in a resource poor situation. I have also really appreciated the opportunity.

I have had at CRHP to make friends with the domestic staff and be engaged with both international and local people who care about solving social issues. Before coming to India, I had barely interacted with any Indians, eaten almost none of their food, and despite being once very interested in coming to India, had given the entire country very little thought. From my experiences at CRHP, I now better understand the Indian psyche and the kindness that flows throughout society. The tradition of generosity and hospitality is clearly evident.

For an international intern, the miracle of working at organizations like CRHP is that despite the difficulties of working cross culturally, of navigating a new system of thinking, of interacting with people different from me, important goals are achieved. It takes patience to work in an unfamiliar system. Sometimes it takes months for a simple task to be accomplished and other times a much larger task can be finished in a day. Maybe that’s the mystery of India and something I have not yet come to understand.

I am leaving CRHP with a great experience under my belt. It’s been an amazing opportunity to work with dedicated individuals and see the changes that can take place based on community goals. The friendships I have found here will be long lasting and I know I will be back to visit someday, hopefully to see an organization that has continued to increase its impact and influence around the world.

Besides that, even after five months of eating daal and mango pickle, I still find it delicious!

We are currently hiring for a range of different internship positions at CRHP. For more information on all our opportunities check out our idealist page.

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