Campus Conversation: Ngozi Chukwueke

“This summer I'm in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea working on the Bioko Island Malaria Elimination Project through Medical Care Development International. I am a Rotational Development Intern and am currently working with the health information systems department. This department is integral because health facilities hold critical incidence data that tells us how many people test positive for malaria each month. The goal is to one day be able to use this constant influx of data to monitor and shut down outbreaks as quickly as possible. I've been having the experience of a lifetime here. It's been great to branch outside of the corporate-leaning norm for business students, and get my hands dirty by being able to touch every part of the project. My family is Nigerian, so being able to live in West/Central African culture is comforting. It feels like I'm with family, from the food to the music, and everything in between. I really feel like I've lucked out. After graduation, I plan to serve abroad in the Peace Corps for 27 months. For a while, it was more of a speculative dream, something far in the future that wasn't quite tangible yet, but being in Equatorial Guinea has definitely solidified my decision to apply. My experience here in Equatorial Guinea has hugely impacted my view of international development work and has shown me the type of impact I want to have on others through the work I do.”

Ngozi Chukwueke, management and marketing major, social work minor

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