Feedback From Our Interns

Curatio International Foundation hosts international students from different schools like:  Yale University, Macalester College, John Hopkins School of Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, The George Washington University. Some of them share their internship experience in CIF.


Taavy Miller, University of North Carolina, Ph.D. student of Philosophy in Health Services Research

Taavy Miller was a CIF Intern during the 2018 Summer internship program. Within her, Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina Taavy is focusing on Health Services Research. Within the internship program at CIF, Taavy was involved in the project aimed to study issues related to population access to medicine. Within her work, she was looking at facilitators and barriers to competition in the pharmaceutical sector affecting accessibility and affordability of medicines for the Georgian population.

Taavi heard about CIF from Health Systems Global, after joining its social media group, to learn more about global health systems from other countries. Watch the short interview to learn more about her experiences.

Emily Wiggins, Intern from Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, Behavioral Science and Health Education Department

Emily was working on a literature review about the measurement of quality of care on a different level of healthcare – primary and secondary levels of care. She was looking for peer-reviewed articles as well as grey literature such as reports, guidelines, conference proceedings on methods for quality of care assessment incorporating latest development in the science of quality measurement.
The review was focused on the following subtopics: different approaches to assessing the quality of care, criteria guiding indicator selection, suggested indicators for different levels of care ensuring feasibility and benchmarking.


Ara Srinagesh, Intern from New York University

Ara Srinagesh visited CIF as an intern from New York University. Ara is a master degree student of Public Health in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention and Outcomes. During the Winter Internship program, Ara worked on literature review related to HIV Prevention and Risk Behavior issues among Key Populations in Georgia. In the short video interview, Ara shares her internship experience and speaks about the future career plans.


Natalie Flath, CIF intern from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Natalie was involved in data analysis to explore the effectiveness of prevention programs on the health of PWIDs in Georgia.


Noemia Teixeira-Filha, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK

Together with CIF Research team, Noemia was working on Health Financing Analysis using Integrated Household Survey. The analysis aimed to assess financial health protection and equity concepts in health financing during 2010-2015 years.


Daiane B Machado, CIF intern from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

During her internship Daiane worked on a literature review, looking at Integration of Mental Health services in primary care and lessons learned from developed countries.


Lindsay Kallman, George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, USA

Within the internship program, Lindsay worked on HIV/AIDS and behavioral issues. She contributes to the paper development, related to the study. She will be one of the co-author of the scientific article.


Stuart Green, a Ph.D. student at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

He was involved in the research project: Organization and Financing of Mental Health and Policy Aspects and in collaboration with CIF stuff, he contributed to a new paper development, about mental health problems in Georgia. Stuart shares his experience in the video.


Alexa Papaila, George Washington University, US

Alexa is a Master’s Degree student and her field of interest is HIV/AIDS. She was involved in conducting Literature Review on MSM Population Size Estimation methods and critically analyzed different method types. Alexa shares her internship experance in the video.


Siyabonga Ndwandwe, Macalester College, US

Siyabonga is working towards Bachelor’s degree in Economics, concentrating in Global Health and International Development. His interests in health finance were directed to analyze effects of the Global Fund withdrawal on HIV epidemic in several countries.



Alexander Krengel, Drexel University, US

Alex is a Master’s Degree student in Public Health. He is interested in global health systems and issues about implementation health systems around the world. He spent 4 weeks in Georgia during CIF winter internship program. Alex retails shortly about his professional interests and practical research experience he had during the internship program. Drexel University also published a short story about Alex and his visit to Georgia.


Riccardo Maddalozzo, Macalester College, MN, USA

Ricardo is a Bachelor’s degree student. He was interned in CIF through 2014 winter program. His main interest is Global Health and plans his future carrier in this direction. Ricardo shares his experience with the internship program.


Wenze Tang, The Washington State University, DC, USA

Wenze is a Master’s student of International Relations he spent three months in Georgia as an intern in CIF. See the video about his intern experience.


Lucia Callizzo, Macalester College, MN, USA and Laura Covarrubias, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health Care, MD, USA.

Lucia and Laura were participating in 2012 winter internship program at CIF. They share their internship experience.