CCPA Summer Series 2018: Econsult Solutions

CCPA Summer Series 2018: Econsult Solutions

By Michael Carr This summer, I am spending ten weeks as a Research Assistant Intern at Econsult Solutions Inc. through the Whitehead Internship Program. ESI is an economic consulting firm specializing in urban policy, transportation, real estate, development, and finance, providing services to a wide range of clients. In my four weeks so far, I’ve been put on a number of projects performing analysis, pulling and cleaning data, using ArcGIS software to make maps, and a variety of tasks in between. These four weeks have been a lesson in multi-tasking and organization, as my duties as a research assistant include being flexible and helping on multiple projects at a time. It has been interesting to see the different types of projects – I’ve researched policy innovations in cities around the world, I’ve helped with market studies and economic impact studies, and soon I’ll have a hand in benefit-cost analyses for potential BUILD Grant applications. As a Political Science and Growth & Structure of Cities double major, the work that I’m doing at ESI is closely aligned with my studies. In Professor Steve McGovern’s Urban Policy class this past spring, we discussed BUILD Grants during our unit on transportation policy. BUILD is a Department of Transportation discretionary grant program that rewards funding to build or improve transportation infrastructure. ESI provides BUILD applicants assistance with their applications, including performing a benefit-cost analysis of the proposed BUILD project. Having learned about this policy in the classroom, it is interesting to see all the work that goes into BUILD Grants and how these transportation projects come to fruition. While being an intern at...
CCPA Summer Series 2018: Weisman Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital

CCPA Summer Series 2018: Weisman Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital

By: Rylee Fennell This summer I have the opportunity to volunteer for Weisman Children’s in their medical daycare, rehabilitation hospital, and outpatient center. I applied to volunteer at Weisman’s due to my love for children and speech-language pathology and desire to continue expanding my knowledge of the field. Weisman Children’s not only aims to provide individualized care for all patients utilizing their many resources, but also to enhance the while family’s experience on the road to recovery.  This mission is a primary reason why I chose Weisman Children’s; their dedication to each patient is unlike any organization I have ever seen. It is this same commitment that I hope to emulate in my professional career as a speech-language pathologist. It is my hope that these different settings will allow me to understand the different ways in which speech therapy can be utilized to treat a vast array of patient needs as the summer progresses. Given each facility’s unique services, my day-to-day responsibilities change with each location. The medical daycare is where I have the most “hands on” interaction with patients. So far I have primarily worked with children ages 2-4, but will also be assisting with patients ages 0-2 as well. Work in the “preschool room” often includes assisting with feedings and engaging in play with the children, which has been an exceptionally rewarding experience. Working so closely with the care team and children at the medical daycare is helping me begin to understand not only the time and effort it takes to care for a child with special needs, but also the joy it brings to everyone involved....
CCPA Summer Series 2018: The Huntingdon Daily News

CCPA Summer Series 2018: The Huntingdon Daily News

By Molly Biddle I am currently working as a reporter and an editing intern for the Huntingdon Daily News in part due to the generosity of the Haverford CCPA and the Andrew Silk Summer Journalism Internship. The Huntingdon Daily News is a newspaper serving the community of Huntingdon County, PA. It just so happens that I grew up in this area located in the rural, central region of the state. Situated in Appalachia, the access that my community has to broadband internet is rather limited. While the newspaper does have an online format, the print version of the paper (alongside advertisement sales) still brings in some revenue unlike many other newspapers throughout the United States. For some members of my community, it is the only source of localized news regularly available. I have only just recently begun my internship. While my insights will certainly expand throughout the summer, I have gained an incredible amount of knowledge and experience in just the past few days.  As soon as I entered the office at 7:00 am on my first day, the writing staff were already hard at work catching up on the weekend’s events. Because the paper goes to print around 11:00 am each day for afternoon distribution, the early morning hours are crucial to reporters so that by late morning the story can be edited and paginated. At first, I watched the pagination process take place as the editor sent final drafts to be placed upon the different pages. It is an incredible process in which advertisements and photos are moved around and font sizes and word and line spacing...
CCPA Summer Series 2018: Educational Outcome Consortium (EOC)

CCPA Summer Series 2018: Educational Outcome Consortium (EOC)

By Trevor Larner This summer I have a Whitehead Internship working for the Educational Outcome Consortium (EOC), formerly known as GiftedHire, which is a higher education startup. I have had a great experience thus far! For the first two weeks of the internship, I worked in Portland, Maine, where one of the two main employees of the company is located. For the first day or so, I was orienting myself as to what the company does, including how they are progressing in an important contract they recently obtained. EOC does most of their work with Honor Societies by consulting Honor Societies in order to help them cut costs and have more money for scholarships and their members. Thus, I had to do a lot of research into Honor Societies in order to learn about the field and which are the big players, as well as researching about Higher Education Consulting firms to see the business model that EOC is aiming for. I learned a lot about the financials of the Honor Societies, which is interesting since they are non-profits; hence, they flow all their excess funds into scholarships and opportunities for their members. Later in the first week and into the next week I started doing work on researching which technological solutions are best for the Honor Society that the contract is with. A lot of what EOC is doing is finding cheaper and more efficient technological solutions, as a large portion of the budget of any company is tied into their software contracts. Thus, a cheaper solution here can go a long way in being able to provide...
CCPA Summer Series 2018: How “Service-Learning” Abroad Prepared me for my Summer Internship

CCPA Summer Series 2018: How “Service-Learning” Abroad Prepared me for my Summer Internship

By Dayana Davila This summer I will be interning at Penn Medicine as a clinical research assistant in a primary care setting with Dr. Carmen Guerra. Though I do not begin until July 9th, over the past semester, spring 2018, I participated in CIEE’s service-learning program through which I was able to gain valuable experience that I will apply during my summer internship. As part of this service-learning program, I was placed at Victoria Hospital, a public hospital, in order to complete the “service” aspect of my program. Though the purpose of my “service” at Victoria was to complete a research-based project, the first two weeks were dedicated to shadowing and immersing myself into the culture at Victoria Hospital. As a pre-med student, I was beyond eager for the opportunity to shadow alongside doctors and medical students as they went along their daily duties. It is important to note that Victoria Hospital is a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Cape Town (UCT), meaning there is a constant flow of final-year medical students rotating in and out of each medical department as they finalize their clinical studies. This was of a great benefit to me because I was able to fit right in as an observer amongst all the medical students that went through the rounds each morning, although I was often confused for a medical student Every Tuesday and Thursday morning, I arrived to Victoria Hospital at 7:30 am for the beginning of the morning rounds, which usually ended around 11 am. On a typical morning at 7:30 am the consultant doctor, registrar doctors, and medical students...