Maggie Tobar

Major: Community Health

Organization: Days for Girls and Save the Children

Overview of Internship: I worked with two non-profits, Days for Girls and Save the Children for the purpose of in order to research the issue of feminine hygiene awareness in foreign nations. 

How did you find your internship? I created this opportunity through my International Health Class. I became member of the nonprofit Days for Girls and became interested. 

What accomplishment are you most proud of during your internship? I was able to help 200 girls by teaching them about feminine Hygiene and giving them 200 kits of reusable sanitary pad kits.

Maggie presenting information in front of a group of students.Maggie standing with a group of students.

How did this internship benefit you (professionally, personally or academically)? Academically and professionally, I was able to present the results of my research at the SLAM Leadership Conference, International Internships Showcase, and I was features in an article in the UVU Review. Personally, I was blessed with the opportunity to help girls in need.  These kits are life changing and by having them, young girls can go to school and do their daily activities without interruption. 

What was the best part of your internship? I got to learn so much about doing research and I got to help girls in need

Why should students consider interning abroad?  What advice do you have for other students who are thing about interning abroad? Do it in your Junior/Senior year when you have an idea of your passions.  ALWAYS seek for a mentor who can help you navigate through the process.  USE UVU'S RESOURCES!!!!! UVU is amazing and it has so many incredible resources, not only financial, but people who can help you in your path.  ALWAYS help others, after you have done your internship.  Help other students know about your experience and help them achieve their goals.

Where did you live? Did you find accommodations independently or with the company’s help?  I chose El Salvador because I am from there. I was able to stay with my family and use their car so I could use my resources to buy things I needed for my project.

Was the internship paid? No, but the experience was well worth it!