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Suparna Bandyopadhyay

Suparna Bandyopadhyay
Major: 
Biology
BDP Certificate: 
Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation: 
Spring 2011

Suparna spent the semester interning with AIDS Services of Austin, more specifically with the organization’s Women Rising Project as part of her Social Inequality, Health & Policy BDP certificate. Suparna helped to create, administer, and analyze a needs-based assessment of HIV-positive women living in the Austin area.

“This internship showed me the large economic disparity that exists in our country, especially when it comes to health care.”

How did you find out about this internship?
When it came time to find a Connecting Experience I knew that I wanted to work with issues related to HIV/AIDS. I had previously volunteered with AIDS Services of Austin through a student organization. I emailed the Volunteer Coordinator at ASA as well as other public health clinics in Austin that I researched online. The email included a short introduction about myself and the Bridging Disciplines Program:bdp and also included my resume.

Tell us about the internship application process.
The volunteer coordinator informed me that they needed an intern for the Women Rising Project. I went in for a formal meeting, met with the volunteer coordinator, and had a conference call the program director for Women Rising. The interview was more of a basic overview of ASA,