PATH’s team in San Francisco works to advance global health innovations to improve the lives of women and children, primarily through our work in drug development. In this post, we learn more about Lauren Hodsdon, who interned with our philanthropic development team in San Francisco.
What did you work on during your internship? I worked on a research project to explore donor-advised funds and the opportunity for PATH to take advantage of their growth. My recommendations include best practices for approaching this type of donor, and part of my research weighed the question of whether PATH itself should become a sponsor organization for a donor-advised fund.
Do you have any hidden talents? I used to be a musical theater actress and worked for Disney Cruise Line as a performer for about eight months down in the Bahamas. I’m not supposed to say which princess or villain I played; you’ll have to guess.
What is your proudest accomplishment? Getting into the Masters in Public Health program at Boston University. Early on in elementary school, I was diagnosed with two learning disabilities, and I have made it a life goal to show others with dyslexia and attention deficit disorder that these disabilities are not defining or restrictive.
What was the last experience that made you a stronger person? When I got dengue fever while working in India. I’m not sure if it made me stronger, but it allowed me to experience the Indian health care system firsthand and helped me understand how persistent one must be to avoid mosquito-borne diseases.
What was the last book you read? Doing Good Better, by William MacAskill, on effective altruism.
What are your hobbies? I grew up sailing on the San Francisco Bay with my parents and two sisters. My parents now live in Santa Cruz, and when we’re all together, we’ll take a boat out to sail on Monterey Bay.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? The word “totally,” mostly used in a sarcastic sense, but I’m starting to worry it’s slipping into my legitimate verbiage.
Interested in interning with us? PATH values the ability to contribute to the development of future leaders in international global health. Our internships offer a variety of educational experiences and learning opportunities that embody our vision: a world where innovation ensures that health is within reach for everyone. Learn more about what opportunities exist across our global programs by visiting our careers website.