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Nicole Griffin

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Major:
Human Development and Family Sciences
Graduation Year:
Spring 2018
BDP Certificate:
Children & Society
“I realized my passion for children's media as well as how much I enjoyed the international NGO setting. I now know that there are many innovative projects out there looking for people passionate about children's development and education.”

Nicole Griffin spent the summer of 2017 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania working with Ubongo, a local NGO that creates educational TV programming for children in Sub-Saharan Africa. This experience helped her integrate her child development knowledge with her BDP strand focus of Children, Media, and the Arts.

How did you find your internship?
I heard about the opportunity through the Liberal Arts Honors college.

Describe the work you did in your internship.
Ubongo is an innovative start-up that integrates children’s media with distribution of education for children in Sub-Saharan Africa primarily through a TV show. I assisted with curriculum development, script and song writing, research, and a caregiver engagement initiative for the preschool segment, Akili and Me.

What was the most rewarding aspect of your Connecting Experience?
I was able to integrate my knowledge on child development into a new context in a creative way. I got intense critique on my child-directed writing and cross-cultural knowledge of child development as well as valuable business insight regarding NGOs.

In what ways has this Connecting Experience shaped your plans for the future?
I realized my passion for children’s media as well as how much I enjoyed the international NGO setting. I now know that there are many innovative projects out there looking for people passionate about children’s development and education and I look forward to finding more internships and pursuing higher education within my field.