Giving Back Abroad: Emilė Radytė '20

Emilė Radytė
Emilė Radytė

Throughout this summer, we will be spotlighting the summer experiences of our IOP students working in politics and public service through their internships across the country and globe.

The Director’s Internship program has been a signature of the Institute of Politics for nearly 25 years and each summer the IOP works with more than 150 government offices, non-profits, and news organizations to provide internships for students who are looking to pursue careers in politics and public service. The IOP also offers summer stipends for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors accepting non- or low-paying summer internships in local, state, or federal government, public interest groups, non-governmental organizations, political organizations, and political campaigns.

This summer, as in years past, many of those students will be spending their summer giving back abroad - gaining experience working with governments and organizations across the globe.

Emilė Radytė '20 is spending her summer in London working with the Healthy London Partnership.

What inspired you to choose this public service internship?

I was curious to experience a public service internship that is driven by bold thinking and a fast-paced environment - and wanted to learn more about issues for urban health specifically, in a global context.

What issues have you been focusing on in your internship?

I have been working on developing the London health and care vision - a set of aspirational priorities and their measures - for London to become the healthiest global city, with a focus on prevention and reducing inequalities; as well as a digital health passport that allows people with long-term conditions to store, access and share their personal care information across boroughs and health systems.

What are you most excited about working in public service and government?

The ability to see how systemic change can positively and equitably affect people's lives, at scale, and to contribute to delivering, and setting aspirations for, what truly matters for people's wellbeing.

What have you learned from/gotten out of your internship experience this summer?

Excitement for city-level work! I realized how cities' populations globally share many similar challenges, often more similar to each other than to their own national contexts. Developing policies and interventions at a city-level can therefore be most relevant and impactful for the health of people living in global cities; and allows to target and address specific challenges behind poverty, especially childhood poverty, and variation in access.