Graduate students in IU Bloomington’s School of Public Health are gaining real world experience this fall by writing grants for local community organizations. The students, who are part of Jeanie Alter’s Acquiring and Managing External Funds for Health and Human Services course, have been paired with eight agencies across the state that are engaged in substance abuse prevention work in their communities.
“Students get to see what it’s like working with real organizations and real data,” said Alter, a research associate in the Department of Applied Health Science. “They discover it’s not always as it’s laid out in the textbook.”
After learning about the grant-writing process in class, students are working together to write full proposals for a five-year, $125,000 per year grant that has the potential for renewal.
“This is a real experience that we can always share,” notes Arpita Bala, a graduate student in the School of Public Health. “What we've learned from this class and this project, we can really use for our future.”
Read more about this class in IUB's Student Experience blog.