Undergraduate Fellowships in India: Community Health, IT, and More

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6/8/10: This summer, Brown undergraduate fellowship recipients will work in India on projects ranging from community health to information technology services.¬†Six Brown undergraduates will participate in the fifth year of the CV Starr Program in Commerce, Organizations, and Entrepreneurship’s (COE) internship in India program. They will have the opportunity to develop their own workplace skills and to learn more about the industry, business, and culture of their host companies.

In Bangalore, Kevin White ’12 will work at LimberLink Technologies, an internet and mobile services company. Jose Rodriguez ’12 will work at Infosys Technologies Ltd., a global information technology services company, whose founder, Narayana Murthy, delivered an Ogden lecture at Brown in March. Graham Ahokas ’12, Shin Hin Lawrence Chung ’12, Melanie Friedrichs ’12, and Naomi Inoshita ’12 will all travel to Mumbai to intern at Arshiya International, Ltd., an integrated supply chain and logistics infrastructure solutions provider.

The Swearer Center for Public Service’s CV Starr Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship will support three health and community development projects in India. The fellowship provides undergraduate students with funding, training, and mentoring to support their efforts to develop and assess new approaches to advancing social change.

Gaurie Tilak ’11, an economics and biology concentrator, and Cara Smith ’11, a human biology concentrator, will continue to develop their organization, AIDS Relief International, which works to increase the effectiveness of AIDS treatment and prevention programs. They launched their first program earlier this year with Sion hospital in Mumbai.

Nikilesh Eswarapu ’12, an economics and development studies concentrator, will also work on health issues in India with the support of a CV Starr Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship. While AIDS Relief International currently has an urban focus, Eswarapu’s organization, the Milana Foundation, aims to improve health outcomes in rural India.

Eli Crumrine ’11
will work with Rainwater for Humanity, a social enterprise that seeks to provide clean water, empower women as entrepreneurs, and boost community health in Kerala, India. The organization, founded by Christina Tang ’09, is a partnership between Brown and RISD students and Mahatma Gandhi University in Kerala. They inaugurated their first rainwater harvesting tank earlier this year.

The Howard Swearer International Fellowship will support Aliza Kreisman ‘10.5 in her internship at CORO, a community development organization in Mumbai. Kreisman, a development studies concentrator, will document the Centre for Leadership, CORO’s fellowship program for grassroots leaders. She will conduct interviews and site visits across Maharashtra, providing CORO with important documentation for their internal analysis and program evaluation.

Sarah Kay ’10, a modern culture and media concentrator, will focus on a grassroots education project in Gurgaon. Kay will document the story of Pragati, a grassroots public school for underserved children. Sarah is one of eleven students in the University’s first cohort of AT&T New Media Fellows, a group which will help to launch the Watson Institute’s new Global Conversation website later this summer.

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