Robyn Bayne – 4th Year Disaster Relief Management Student

I am doing my 10 month internship as an academic internship at Rhodes University.   Under Professor Tandlich (Pharmacy Dept) and Dr Oosthuizen (Community Engagement Dept) we work to further the risk management and disaster studies at the university.

An academic internship has given me the opportunity to be exposed to a completely new side of Disaster Management. I am now working in labs to create test kits, executing the sampling and researching of different elements and generating data that can be used to increase resilience in the area.

It is incredibly rewarding to contribute to and be part of papers and projects that will guide and assist the future of disaster management not only in South Africa, but internationally. Having access to infinite information and likeminded individuals is a privilege and makes me optimistic for the future of our field. I hope to continue my involvement with Rhodes University next year for my Masters.