2015-2016 Interns

Reiko Asano

Asano ICOWHIReiko graduated from Sophia University (Jochi) in Tokyo, Japan with a degree in law and has worked at the headquarters of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group in Tokyo. Reiko is a graduate from the 13-month Accelerated BSN Program and a current PhD student at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Reiko is interested in how employment, social support systems, and substance abuse affect the health of vulnerable populations, and how these upstream variables ultimately impact cardiovascular health. Throughout her doctoral studies, Reiko hopes to better understand the social determinants of health and reduce disparities that are correlated with increased health risks. Reiko would like to improve cardiovascular care and health outcomes, and to prevent cardiovascular risk and morbidity. By drawing from her training in nursing, law, and finance, along with her desire to contribute to nursing research, Reiko hopes to influence public policy, nursing regulations, and improve access to resources for vulnerable populations.

Carina Lam

Carina Lam, Intern, International Council on Womens Health Issues

Carina is currently a Juris Doctor student in Sydney and has a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science (Psychology). She has an profound interest in mental health, international law and social justice issues in Australia and abroad. She has worked in various areas of health, including research support and education administration. Alongside ICOWHI she also interns at a small law firm, and volunteers at a community legal centre.

Dolly Vo


Dolly is a nursing student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, Maryland. Her interests in global health was sparked through self-exploration of her family roots. The Vietnam War resulted in the diaspora of millions of Vietnamese people all over the world, including Dolly’s family members. The health disparities between family members in countries such as the United States, Australia and Vietnam has made her keenly aware of how the geographic location of an individual’s birth and development affects healthcare availability, access, and the associated opportunities to achieving optimal health and wellness. She was a National Institutes of Health R25 Summer Trainee in Health Disparities Research at the UCLA/USC Center for Population Health and Health Disparities. She is also a trained doula and Fuld Fellow under the Helene Fuld Leadership Program for the Advancement of Patient Safety and Quality. Dolly is working on a BSN-MSN degree with a focus on public health nursing and nurse-midwifery. Her vision is to eliminate health disparities and to help create a gentler world through quality nursing care. She believes that if healthcare providers can work in partnerships with families to bring babies gently into the world, we can help to create communities that are kinder to one another.

Fernando Mena-Carrasco

MenaCarrasco ICOWHIFernando serves as Clinical Nurse at the Johns Hopkins After Care Clinic (JHACC) and as an Intern at the Center for Global Initiatives, WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON). At JHACC, Fernando works collaboratively with an interprofessional health care team to identify care continuity needs of patients who have been recently discharged from the emergency department (ED) or hospital, and have a high risk for readmission. At JHSON, Fernando is in charge of developing and implementing programmatic efforts in support of a global knowledge exchange between nurses, midwives, and other healthcare providers. Before joining Johns Hopkins, Fernando worked to advance the interest of Latin American immigrants in multiple settings, ranging from those affected by HIV/AIDS to those struggling to enter health systems at primary and specialty medicine levels. Fernando served as Ryan White case manager and as a clinic manager of a primary care center for Latin American immigrants in the Saint Louis Metropolitan Area, where he further strengthened his understanding of the barriers faced by Latinos in the U.S. Through his involvement in healthcare and now through his clinical training in nursing, Fernando has learned that one of the most important interventions for improving the health of Latino communities is having a seat at the table to actively advocate for policies and procedures that very mindfully aim to improve the health and quality of life of our people. Fernando received a Master of Social Work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Iowa School of Social Work. Fernando is currently working on a Master of Science in Nursing at JHSON to become a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health, and is planning to begin doctoral work in nursing in the next five years.

What's Required


  • Organize and plan ICOWHI’s next congress
  • Membership outreach and coordination
  • Maintain ICOWHI website and social media accounts
  • Conduct research, gather and analyze information
  • Research and analysis of policy issues affecting women’s health
  • Draft advocacy documents
  • Prepare reports, briefing materials, correspondence, and mailings
  • Other duties as required


  • Computer literate with excellent written and oral communication, research and writing skills
  • Proven organizational skills and attention to details
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member in a multi-cultural environment
  • Strong interest in public health, woman’s health, health policy, and non-profit organizations
  • Fluent in English, other languages are greatly welcomed


Enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate-level university program or possess an undergraduate or graduate degree in a related field.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are unpaid.  The internship can be full-time or part-time (minimum of 20 hours per week) and must be for a period of at least three months. Please indicate in your location of interest in and availability in your cover letter.

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