Undela Uneeb: An Intern's Perspective
What excites you about the work you do?
I love the fact that I get to explore the systemic interventions that are in place in various regions served by AKDN. Exploring how interventions are culturally adapted to LMICs and what gaps still exist makes me feel I am contributing something worthwhile to the world. I also believe in accessibility to mental health services, so finding solutions to this prevalent problem energizes me.
What makes BMI unique? What is different about your experience here?
At BMI, no one is too junior not to be included in the conversation. As an intern here, I got to not only do tasks assigned to me but was also included in discussions about other significant projects undertaken by various professionals at BMI. Also, you are encouraged to ask questions, and the deadlines are set mutually. This conveys that both the mentors and the mentees are respected.
What is your secret to progress?
My secret is making sure that I am open to new information, ideas, viewpoints, opinions and experiences. I think what works for me is having a growth mindset and never shying away from asking.
What does a typical day for you look like?
As I am working at BMI as an intern, I spend my day accomplishing my set tasks, meeting with my co-intern and mentor, and being involved in various meetings with the BMI team. Apart from this, I tutor and do the tasks assigned to me at UNAP. In the end, I make sure to do something to relax, like read a book, watch something, meditate or exercise, depending on the day.