Coleen Bremner, MPA ’19

DPMI Rwanda

When asked, “what was the greatest take-away you received from your DPMI experience?”, I was shocked at my eager reply to my colleagues. Before participating in DPMI I did not really feel like I had the competency or skills to present a social marketing campaign to a professional client as a consultant may do in the professional world. Up until this point, I felt like my skills were not really relevant or marketable in the professional world. After pitching our idea to our client, Partners in Health, I realized, with a wonderful team of colleagues we were able to create a real and tangible product to present to a real client. This experiential learning opportunity has been one of the most valuable experiences I have had during my graduate career. Now, I feel I am prepared to work through a social issue, prepare a professional pitch for a client, and present the pitch to a future client.

Something I struggled with was not getting to be a part of the original topic I wanted to participate in. This experience actually helped me remember in the professional world I will not always be working on something I choose, and flexibility and adaptability are key to working with groups on projects. As for future insider tips are concerned, go with an open heart, open mind, and an eagerness to learn from your colleagues, because no matter what you absolutely will, and it will change your life for the better.

“The DPMI 2018 Cohort at Partners in Health Inshuti Mu Buzima, Rwanda.”

Click here to read Coleen’s blogpost, “Eyes on Inshuti.”

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