Barbara Pierce Bush, CEO and founder of Global Health Corps, told students February 27 that the first thing she looks for in job applicants is flexibility.
Bush spoke to about 50 Honors College students prior to her evening presentation that was part of the Frederik Meijer Lecture Series. The event was hosted by the Frederik Meijer Honors College.
The former first daughter founded Global Health Corps in 2008. The organization creates a pipeline of young professionals who work as fellows on global health initiatives with partner organizations like the U.S. State Department, ActionAid International and the Clinton Health Access Initiative.
She said a new cohort of 90 fellows was recently placed not only in African countries but also in U.S. cities like Washington, D.C., Newark and Boston. In U.S. cities, fellows work on issues like homelessness, HIV/AIDS and global literacy.
“We would like to get into rural health issues and that may be our priority in the next year or two,” Bush said.
Global Health Corps accepts applications from new college graduates. Bush said the jobs vary widely.
“We look for people who are culturally sensitive, flexible and work with humility,” she said.