Students from the Global Business and Health Leadership Masters program take part in US observership program

By Christine Memusi

From June 26 to 30, 2023, a group of MBA students enrolled in the Global Business and Health Leadership Master's program at USIU-Africa embarked on an exciting journey. They had the opportunity to participate in a one-week observer-ship program in the United States, specifically under the Kogod Business School unit of the American University. This program proved to be an enriching experience, providing the students with valuable insights, networking opportunities, and essential skills for their future careers.

The week started off with a visit to the World Bank, a renowned institution dedicated to fighting poverty and promoting sustainable development worldwide. It was an exceptional experience for the students as they gained insight into the organization's efforts to foster inclusive economic growth. The students were impressed by the World Bank's commitment to sustainable development on a global scale. They also learned that the World Bank offers numerous internship opportunities for young professionals under the age of 32.

Next on the itinerary was a visit to the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID), a non-profit organization focused on enhancing the vitality of the commercial district in Georgetown. For those interested in urban development, economic revitalization, and community engagement, this visit provided valuable experience. The students had the chance to observe, learn, and connect with professionals dedicated to the sustainable growth and success of the Georgetown neighborhood in Washington, D.C.

The students were also privileged to have a representative from Kaiser Permanente deliver a talk. Kaiser Permanente, one of the largest nonprofit healthcare providers in the United States, showcased their innovative healthcare practices and patient-centered approach. The students gained valuable insights into the organization's contributions to the healthcare industry, emphasizing preventive care and integrated care delivery.

In addition to these professional experiences, the students also had the opportunity to explore the vibrant city of Washington, D.C. During their observership, they visited iconic landmarks such as the White House, the African-American Museum, the Library of Congress, and the U.S. Capitol. These visits provided a firsthand experience of the rich history and cultural significance of these institutions. Navigating the city through subway rides allowed the students to immerse themselves in the vibrant atmosphere, reinforcing the global perspective they had gained through their education at USIU-Africa, extending far beyond their home country of Kenya.

This observership program was not just about work; it also offered moments of leisure and discovery. The students had the chance to appreciate the beauty of Washington, D.C., while also gaining valuable knowledge and experiences that will shape their future careers.

Overall, the observership program proved to be a transformative experience for the MBA students from USIUAfrica. It opened their eyes to new perspectives, expanded their networks, and provided them with invaluable skills for their professional journeys. The memories and lessons from this trip will undoubtedly stay with them as they continue to contribute to the global business and health leadership landscape.

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