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Cover Letter for amfAR Internship

Ashutosh Mishra | 378 Mourning Dove Drive, Newark, DE 19711 | (302) 383-5352  ashu125@live.unc.edu

March 6, 2016


The Foundation of AIDS Research

Washington, DC, 20004


Dear Rosenfield Fellow Evaluator,

I am writing to express my interest in helping your team at amfAR to improve AIDS health policy as an Allan Rosenfield intern. When I learned of the program through the Gillings School of Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill, I was impressed that its structure would directly allow me to contribute my own skills to improve AIDS policy. By researching, drafting, and advocating for AIDS policy with your policy team, I seek to further develop my abilities in the health policymaking process while leaving a positive impact on HIV/AIDS patient care.

I am currently a rising Health Policy Management and Political Science major, and have cultivated my interests in social inequality and health policy implementation through coursework in AIDS, immigration policy, and American government. I have acquired an understanding of AIDS in America and Congressional bill drafting that will allow me to better draft and advocate policy with your team. Through my immigration policy course, I gained experience as a policy advocate by working with the class to research and draft legislation for comprehensive immigration reform.

Additionally, I believe that my history of focusing on tuberculosis treatment will allow me to be an effective asset to your policy team. My experience with the process of analyzing data on patient feedback and outlining solutions of community outreach taught me to tackle problems from the ground up. As an independent researcher, I gained experience interviewing patients, creating my own methods of data evaluation, and extrapolating from my analysis to address the problem of TB treatment defaulters in India. As a research assistant for a doctoral student investigating MDR-TB treatment adherence in Peru, I am applying tests of statistical significance to identify key causes of policy failure and address the containment of drug resistance. I hope to translate my skills in tuberculosis research and policy to HIV/AIDS in America.

To quote Isaac Newton, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” My past experiences have equipped me with a skill set to best assist your team to improve AIDS care. I hope that I may change the quality of AIDS care for others by standing on the shoulders of your foundation.

Thank you for your consideration,

Ashutosh Mishra

Cover Letter for MSF

Sonya Seoyoung Chung

March 5, 2016

MSF Doctors Without Borders USA
333 7th Avenue,
New York, NY 10001-5004

Dear Selection Committee:

As a student pursuing an undergraduate degree in Health Policy and Management and Chinese at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I am writing to express my interest in the summer internship position assisting the HIV & TB Policy Advisor for Access Campaign. Given MSF’s prestigious tradition of excellence in and commitment to medical aid and medical access advocacy, I am eager and apt to intern at the office of MSF.

My aspiration is to work at a hospital in less developed countries, either as a physician, administrator, or researcher, to offer easier medical access and to educate the importance of hygiene, nutrition, and disease prevention. The internship at MSF New York office will complement my in situ volunteer experiences in offering me a deeper understanding of the essential and complex office works; my weeks in Myanmar, Indonesia, Mongolia, and Cambodia for medical services and volunteering provided me with the opportunity to collaborate with doctors and professionals of various fields to appropriately serve those in need of medical care and other demands.

Though my involvements may be of lesser scales compared to those of MSF, as part of the student government and as a secretariat of a conference, I possess the skills of taking organized notes, contacting other entities, and organizing events. Even though secretariats and historians may be the ones in charge of tracking events and meetings, I also took notes and organized them so that they were easier for our supervisor to read. As the class president, I convened with other representatives to coordinate various events for our class to participate. Furthermore, as the secretariat of a MUN conference, I cooperated with other positions to assemble the event and to officially contact other participating schools. My compassion and academic experiences have shaped me into a well-rounded, balanced individual.

I wish to partake in MSF’s Access Campaign to provide health care and various supplies to those with limited access due to financial and geographical circumstances, to prevent the prevalence of HIV and AIDs in third world countries, and to educate those who do not know much about diseases. Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information or inquiry. I hope to hear back from you, and thank you for your consideration.


Sonya Seoyoung Chung

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Cover Letter- UNC REX Healthcare

March 1st, 2016


Selection Committee

UNC REX Healthcare

Raleigh, NC 27607



Dear Selection Committee,

In response to the volunteering position.


I have always been interested in volunteering and working in a health care facility so I was pleased to learn of your organization’s need for reliable and dedicated volunteers. I grew up watching my mother pursue a nursing degree and it inspired me to learn more about the medical field. Once she obtained her nursing degree, I shadowed her at her job and saw that working in a health care field was what I wanted to do. In high school, I was in HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) and we volunteered at all the school’s blood drives. I found that to be a very rewarding experience. As a student at UNC Chapel Hill on the pre-med track, I believe that volunteering for UNC REX Healthcare would be a great opportunity for me to learn more about the health care field. I would be a great fit for one of these spots because I love working with people, enjoy helping people, and I am a fast learner.

My background of the allied health sciences allows me to have the knowledge of how to deal with patients, the knowledge of basic medical terms, and how to work with others. I know how important it is to be reliable. As a cashier, I learned how to communicate effectively, work under pressure, deal with sometimes angry customers in a professional manner, and how important it is to follow directions. I realize that with this position, I would have to be able to come in to my shift on time and be there every day, and I am definitely able to adhere to that rule. In addition to working with others, I also am able to work very well independently once I know exactly what I am supposed to be doing. I know that following directions and protocol are a must when working in a health care facility. Volunteering at UNC REX Healthcare would be the best place to get hands on experience in a professional and educative environment and I would be very grateful if you were to offer me a volunteering position. Some other skills that I possess that would possibly be helpful for this position include:

  • Teamwork and Cooperation Skills
  • Organizational and Time Management Skills
  • Know how to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Certifications in Microsoft including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel and Access
  • Excellent Communication Skills

I find volunteering to be a very rewarding experience. It helps the community, the organization and the volunteer. It would be an excellent opportunity and life experience to be able to volunteer at UNC REX Healthcare. So with that being said, I really hope I am able to volunteer at one of your organizations.


Thank you very much for your consideration.



Elondra Harr


(919) 288-5629

411 Skipper Bowles Dr

Chapel Hill, NC 27514