Anderson Alleyne is the Communications Intern for Shot@Life and started working with the campaign this January. Anderson helps support our communications team at events, on our website, and on our social media channels.
Learn more about him in this Q&A!
What drew you to Shot@Life and the UN Foundation?
I was drawn to Shot@Life and the UN Foundation due to my studies and interest in international development. I resonated with Shot@Lifes’s mission of championing global vaccines as one of the most cost-effective ways to save a child’s life. Additionally, I believe the UN Foundation does a great job of mobilizing all sectors to solve global challenges and support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Where are you from, where are you in school, and what are you studying?
I’m from Brooklyn, New York and I’m currently a senior at George Washington University majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in International Development and a minor in Business Administration.
Can you briefly describe your previous work, intern, or volunteer experiences?
During the fall semester I was a Cohort Member and Communications Liaison of GW UN360 where I had the exclusive opportunity to attend lectures, roundtables, and workshops to learn more about how the UN and its partner organizations are supporting the UN’s SDGs. I also interned at a non-profit organization, Global Glimpse, as a Global Education Intern.
What excites you most about being part of the Shot@Life campaign and what are you most looking forward to this semester?
What excites me most about being apart of the Shot@Life campaign is working with a tight-knit team that is committed to ensuring children have access to lifesaving vaccines. Moreover, I’m looking forward to using my digital communication skills to reach a wide audience and to ensure that the U.S. government continues to support global childhood immunization programs.
What do you think the biggest challenge is for vaccine advocacy?
I think the biggest challenge for vaccine advocacy is the increase in anti-vaccine sentiment in the media. These irrational beliefs and the use of inaccurate information have the potential to cause great harm to the public. Therefore, it is important to combat these myths with facts to showcase how effective vaccines are in protecting children against deadly diseases.
Do you have any fun facts that our champions may not know about you?
I have traveled to 25 countries and 6 continents.