I have graduated from the Communication and Development Master’s degree program at the Ohio University in May 2014.
I enrolled in the program after having received a highly prestigious Fulbright scholarship. Along with acquiring a range of new skills while here in the program, I have also added further substance to my professional experience, including through having been awarded competitive internships with Amnesty International and the UNICEF.
At UNICEF, I was primarily facilitating their efforts of improving ‘communication for development’ (C4D) activities in social media. I was also responsible to support UNICEF’s edutainment initiatives targeted towards internal as well as external audiences.
As media relations intern at Amnesty International, Washington D.C., I led digital outreach of ongoing advocacy campaigns through social media, blogs, website management, and regular communications with media outlets and journalists.
The Master’s program has provided me an ideal blend of courses in public health, health communications, program evaluation, research, that have strengthened my knowledge base in communications theory. This has been complemented with applied learning through hands-on exposure working on technical projects in web designing, video and radio programming, social media, and Adobe InDesign among others.
My substantial experience of working in field communications at the grassroots has enabled me to contribute consistently to class discussions and projects. Working with rural and tribal communities in devising and implementing communications’ tools has provided me with a pragmatic perspective of strategic communication skills for development. Setting-up and initializing a Community Radio Station in one of the villages in Southern India has helped me realize the significance of community participation and community-led intervention for social change.