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.