International Internship and Campus Involvement Enrich Bachelor of Public Health Student Experience

December 18, 2018


mm barcelona (1).JPGMaanasa Manchikanti is busy—but she’s enjoying every minute. The Paducah, Ky., native came to the University of Kentucky with her sights set on medical school. On track to graduate next year with her Bachelor of Public Health and completed pre-med coursework, she is also active in public health research and a host of extracurricular activities. Manchikanti currently serves as a College of Public Health Student Ambassador,  secretary of the Student Public Health Association, a resident advisor in the Lewis Honors College residential program, a UK 101 peer instructor, and a member of Alpha Phi Omega co-ed service fraternity. If all that wasn’t enough, she spent Summer 2018 in Barcelona, Spain, where she completed an internship with health technology firm B-WOM.


b-wom (1).jpg“I had previously done job shadowing in a healthcare environment, preparing for my goal of becoming a pediatric oncologist,” Manchikanti said. “This internship, which focused on technology to help women take control of their health, shed new light for me on the stigma affecting women’s health choices.”


Why pursue an internship abroad?


“I wanted to experience a different culture,” Manchikanti said. “Staying in an apartment in Barcelona, rooming with other UK students, gave me a newfound sense of independence.”


During their time in Spain, planned through UK Education Abroad, Manchikanti and her classmates had the chance to visit Italy, Germany, and France. Some of her highlights were culinary, including a class in cooking the classic Spanish dish paella.


What advice does Manchikanti have for students who want to follow her path by fitting academics, research, service, travel, experiential education, and a dose of fun in four years?


“Be proactive and plan in advance. And be open-minded. Consider going somewhere or having an experience you never would have seen yourself doing. You will learn a lot about yourself.”


By Allison Elliott-Shannon



The University of Kentucky College of Public Health is a catalyst of positive change for population health, with a mission to develop health champions, conduct multidisciplinary and applied research, and collaborate with partners to improve health in Kentucky and beyond.