This week, let’s meet one of our partner host organizations - Hanoi University of Public Health, who welcomed two international interns from University of Pennsylvania this summer to work on Covid-19 research!


“The ultimate goal that HUPH is striving to bring to society, to provide training and education for highly qualified, dedicated, sufficiently competent, and self-confident human resources for health, thus effectively contributing to the sustainability of the public health network and health care system in Viet Nam.”


About Hanoi University of Public Health

Hanoi University of Public Health (HUPH) was founded first as the School for Doctor Assistant, then the Secondary Pharmaceutical School, The Central School for Health Staff and the School of Training for Health Staff (1948-1975), and the School for Health Administrators (1976- 2001). In 2001, the Government upgraded the status of the school into a university named Hanoi University of Public Health. By 2025, Hanoi University of Public Health will become the leading prestigious university in Vietnam and the region in terms of training, scientific research, providing care and protection services for people's health. HUPH also has a long history of strengthening partnerships within its faculty and other institutional departments, organizations, and agencies, nationally and internationally, to develop the school's human resources, quality improvement in training, research, and consultancy and thus progress in the direction of globalization.


Hanoi University of Public Health has the mission of training high-quality human resources, carrying out scientific and technological activities, providing health care services, thereby making significant contributions to the care and protection of people's health and socio-economic development.



Hanoi University of Public Health’s vision is that by 2025 they will become the leading prestigious university in Vietnam and the Southeast Asian region in terms of training, scientific research, providing care and protection services for people's health.


Experience working with international interns


During the two months in summer 2021, HUPH welcomed two international students from University of Pennsylvania, Brian Vu and Peter Nguyen. Brian was in charge of participating in a research project to vaccinate against Covid-19. Peter was working on the project on the follow-up visits of patients with diabetes during the Covid-19 pandemic.


Brian Vu sharing about his work in the internship

In the first five weeks, the two students were assigned to conduct a literature review session by searching and reading references related to their research topics. The primary purpose of these first weeks is to help the interns get to know their research team members and the host university and better understand the research topic. The interns all have a document of related references according to instructions and team leaders.


The next two weeks, two interns took part in data analysis activities, participated in the webinar on writing research papers and international publications, and read the given academic materials. However, due to the effect of Covid-19 pandemic on data collection and processing, they did not have enough data to write a draft. During this time, they still maintained their participation in their weekly team meeting and updated their progress in the projects while searching and learning more references to understand the topic better.


Peter Nguyen in his final presentation of the remote internship

In the final week, the collected data were more completed. Brian and Peter were required to finish their first draft and then sent them to the supervisors. In the last meeting, they shared their wish to continue with the two research groups to complete the project; and jointly write and publish an article.

Some overall assessments from Mr. Viet, Peter and Brian' supervisors about Brian and Peter in their final evaluation session: “Peter and Brian have made efforts to follow the weekly schedule and perform the tasks assigned. Their technical knowledge and attitude met and even exceeded our expectations. Despite certain drawbacks of a remote internship, we have worked together effectively".


Both Brian and Peter made an effort to contribute to the HUPH's resources and the Vietnamese community in general. The HUPH and ABROADER team were very delighted when working with them.


Challenges while working


On the other hand, the supervisor said that remote working with international students from the other side of the world has certain drawbacks that make it challenging to have maximum effectiveness when compared to in-person activities. Also, he mentioned that the short internship period and different time zones were two challenges that the team encountered. Furthermore, due to the impact of Covid-19, there were restrictions in some activities in Vietnam and HUPH. 

Mr. Viet found it interesting that these two interns are Vietnamese-Americans; therefore, they could speak a little Vietnamese. It sometimes helped ideas in discussions conveyed smoothly. Since the research groups that the interns worked in were also undergraduates, every member got to know and communicated with each other comfortably. It was a very new model of internship that HUPH was testing, creating conditions for both international students and Vietnamese students to have the opportunity to exchange and develop.

In the final evaluation session of the internship, Trang, a team member who worked with Brian shared that “Brian tried his best to support everyone in collecting data. He also suggested many useful articles for reference. Thanks to Brian, I learned to enhance my academic writing skills for international publications.”

And Anh, a Vietnamese student in Peter’s research group said that her experience working with Peter had been fun. Her most memorable experience was working with people in the team to find solutions for analyzing data collected from hospitals. She and other team members also learned about the difference in working style between Vietnamese and Americans through Peter’s sharing.

Though the remote internship caused some challenges, Prof. Tran Thi Tuyet Hanh, a representative from HUPH, thinks that it is also an opportunity for the interns to prepare themselves for the future. After graduation, they may work at international organizations which require remote work with partners or running programs from all over the world. Working remotely now is not only a solution for pandemic but also a required skill in the globalization era. 


Sharing to the world

For future interns who may want to work with HUPH: HUPH always creates maximum conditions to help interns achieve their internship expectations. The internship program goal is always related to scientific research products, which benefits both hosts and interns. Interns can contribute to practical outputs to help the host organization, and also receive the opportunity to gain more experience and scientific products to include in their resumes later.


About Remote Internship

This program is part of our Global Remote Internship where international students are matched to work with local organizations and companies based on their career and personal interests.

If you are looking for an internship opportunity and care about community development, explore opening Vietnam internships for potential opportunities!

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