CCPA Internship Series 2020: Whitehead – Valerie Wilson Travel

CCPA Internship Series 2020: Whitehead – Valerie Wilson Travel

By Sean Mowatt-Larssen ’22 Funding Source: Whitehead Internship Program When I first received my offer from Valerie Wilson Travel, I was originally planning on being an Accounting intern, living and working in NYC. Little did I know that not only would I be doing the internship from my living room in Houston, but also that my position would change to Marketing. As an English major with a passion for writing, I was thrilled! Although I would not be able to learn new Accounting skills, I know that any opportunity to explore where my passions lie is vital for eventually being able to choose a career that I love. Going back a few months and thinking about the work I completed to land an internship, I have a couple of quick tips for future Whitehead applicants, or for any internship seekers, on how to be prepared and confident. Through the Sophomore Resume Initiative, I was able to receive amazing guidance from the CCPA on my resume, which helped me to put the right foot forward early. Seniors, juniors, and even other sophomores shared recommendations for resume editing as well. Before actually getting started on writing any applications, think about how you can portray yourself to leave the reader wanting to talk to you more, then begin to outline your own journey, passions, and goals for the summer. In order to feel confident in an interview, research the prospective company’s websites and profiles and think about how their mission connects to the schoolwork that you enjoy so that you are able to display genuine interest. From the first minute of my...
CCPA Internship Series 2020: Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS)

CCPA Internship Series 2020: Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS)

By Noha El Toukhy ’22 My summer internship was split up into three main parts: (1) SPSS, (2) CBT skills and (3) Virtual Therapy Sessions. When I first found out that my internship was going to be virtual, I was certain that this new virtual experience would not meet my expectations for the summer internship. However, immediately on my second day, I noticed that perhaps this virtual option was a great blessing in disguise. Had I met with my colleagues in person, perhaps I would not have been able to dive into the SPSS program in as much detail as I was able to do this summer. SPSS, which stands for Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, is an online program used for complex statistical data analysis. Through this internship, I learned how to transpose information in Excel to paste the cell contents in SPSS. I also learned a lot about Anova, T- and F-Tests, as well as comparing means functions. These tests are so interesting to work with. Furthermore, my internship allowed me to learn the various Cognitive Behavioral Skills, which are based off of Martha Lillian’s CBT handbook. I spent many hours learning about Emotional Regulation Skills, and their effects on the orbital prefrontal cortex of the brain. Meditation, Art Therapy and Yoga are all examples of emotional regulation skills and seeing their effects on FMRI scans was incredibly interesting. Learning about these skills is essential to my career goal of becoming a clinical psychologist. After learning about SPSS, and educating myself on the various CBT skills, I started to virtually join some psychologists therapy sessions. This...
CCPA Summer Series 2020: Mikie Sherrill for Congress

CCPA Summer Series 2020: Mikie Sherrill for Congress

By Ellie Keating ’23 Funding Source: Smart Family Communications Internship Grant My name is Eleanor Keating and I am a rising sophomore; I am interested in Political Science, Spanish, and Environmental Studies. Two years ago, I was volunteering for a “Get Out the Vote!” shift at Montclair State University, my hometown’s local college. I randomly met the candidate Mikie Sherrill, the woman who I was campaigning for, canvassing in a Starbucks on my way home. She saw my “Mikie Sherrill for Congress” shirt, thanked me for all the hard work I was doing, and told me to keep an eye out for internship opportunities in 2020. I did as I was told, and this summer I am interning with Mikie Sherrill for Congress, made possible by the Smart Family Communications Internship grant. I have had an outstanding time and gained valuable experience in a communications environment so far interning with Representative Sherrill’s campaign and office. This furthered my interest in pursuing a Political Science major at Haverford College and a political communications career beyond Haverford. I was planning on my experience including a 20 minute commute from home in the campaign office but then it became completely remote in late April due to COVID-19. Starting out, I was a bit overwhelmed and confused because there was a lot of information, but not a lot of structure. Since then, I have made new friends, connections, and created a weekly routine for myself which has been both productive and fun. It has not been nearly as difficult as I expected to build personal relationships with in-district as well as national staff...
CCPA Summer Series 2020: WEST Growth

CCPA Summer Series 2020: WEST Growth

By: David Ly ’22 Funding Source: Whitehead Internship Program  Hi everyone! My name is David Ly ’22. Over my summer break, I will be virtually spending eight weeks at WEST Growth, a financial and business development firm based in New York, NY that is focused on helping early-stage companies improve their business. As a mathematics major, this internship doesn’t really align with what I am studying at Haverford. My interest in finance and business development was prompted by a previous internship that I had during my freshman summer year. Prior to this internship, I worked at the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) as a development intern. During that time, I have worked on various projects focusing on budgeting, research, and market development for the museum. This has influenced my decision to further explore development as a career path which led me to being at WEST Growth the summer of 2020. Initially, my job at the firm involved testing their new digital service platform prior to its release, researching potential market research opportunities for early-stage companies, and creating a data report chart of business covered by the errors and omissions insurance (EO) and fidelity bond (FB). In addition to this, I even had the opportunity to listen in on many insightful business meetings at WEST. Although I was not able to meet with many of the staff members at WEST due to COVID-19, my supervisors have all been very professional and wonderful people. They worked to reach out with me on what I was looking for in my WEST internship and acted as a resource for all my...
CCPA Summer Series 2020: Family Medicine at Abington-Jefferson Health System

CCPA Summer Series 2020: Family Medicine at Abington-Jefferson Health System

By Eliza Brody ’21 Funding Source: Jaharis Primary Care Fellowship This summer, I am interning with Dr. John Russel, the Chair and Residency Director of Family Medicine at Abington-Jefferson Health System through the Jaharis Primary Care Fellowship. I applied for this fellowship because I hope to study medicine, and over the past year, I have become most passionate about patient advocacy. My father spent the better part of 7 months in a hospital before he passed away. Listening to his experience, along with what I learned through the Health Studies courses I have taken at Haverford, where I learned about health disparities and inequities, have opened my eyes to many issues that must be addressed to improve the medical field. I believe this internship will allow me to examine these shortcomings firsthand and learn what doctors and nurses are doing to rectify the poor showings for patient advocacy. I was expecting to work in the office, but in light of the pandemic, I will instead be conducting my internship virtually. This change does limit the extent to which I can truly understand the experience of working in a family medicine office because I will not be interacting with the doctors and patients in person. In fact, working remotely has already presented some challenges. I have had many issues with my login and password to get onto the servers remotely, which I need to access patient records. Additionally, I have to call patients from an email, so I am not using my personal phone. Despite these early obstacles, I am very grateful that Dr. Russel has found a way to accommodate...
CCPA Summer Series 2020: Education Outcome Consortium

CCPA Summer Series 2020: Education Outcome Consortium

By Tanner Lumer ’21 Funding Source: Whitehead Internship Program I am fortunate to be working for the Education Outcome Consortium (“EOC”) through Haverford’s Whitehead Internship Program. It has been a fun and varied experience, which I will take with me long after the summer is over. My experience over the past week or two is a good illustration of the types of tasks I have been assigned, including some that were entirely unexpected. This process has been both challenging and rewarding. During the past week, EOC has asked me to assist with the rollout of their new website rollout for their high school honors society, Torch and Laurel. More precisely, I implemented part of their web design, which was something I had not done before. It was initially difficult, but I was glad for the assignment, as I learned additional basic skills and was able to see the product of our work. More to the point, projects that are outside one’s comfort zone are excellent ways of building confidence and expanding your toolset. This coming week, I am returning to my original project, which involves analyzing their financial data for their organization, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. I have been tasked with conducting an analysis of their profits and losses based on segmentation of their email listings. Such a detailed examination allows EOC to determine how to better market their service, and identify any improvements or modifications to their services that may be useful or otherwise appeal to consumers. Virtually all of the work I perform as an intern for EOC flows from knowledge, information, or a mode of...