MPH grad Natalie Martin was one of ten young leaders who participated in international internships in Africa and Latin America, including Brazil, Burkina Faso, Ecuador, Guyana, Kenya, Malawi, Panama and South Africa. The International Institute for Sustainable Development’s (IISD) Young Leaders for a Sustainable Future will soon begin their 6 month assignments throughout the developing world—working in areas of climate change adaptation, community development, conservation, education, tourism and communications. Over 300 interns have taken part in the program since it began in 1998.
A recent IISD survey indicates 78 per cent of past interns have careers in the field of sustainable development.
Natalie, who completed a master’s degree in public health, was based at the International Union for Conservation of Nature in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. She explored the linkages between climate change and poverty and integrating these findings into climate change adaptation policies. Little is known about how health is impacted by climate change in developing countries. She is interested in this particular field of work and hopes to build an international career in climate change and international development.