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...
The CCPA Virtual Career Lab: Fall 2020

The CCPA Virtual Career Lab: Fall 2020

The CCPA Virtual Career Lab is designed to accomplish the same goals as if we were in person: to help students Explore, Prepare, Experience, and Launch. Follow the links for details, and to register!     Note: the career labs below do not include employer events through our recruiting program, additional alumni programming, or our popular Fords on Friday alumni career chat series. This year, the Fords on Friday Fall 2020: Social Justice Series is focused on alumni who have dedicated their careers to socially-just causes. Visit Handshake to see all CCPA programming and opportunities.    Weekday Date Time Career Lab / Registration Link Monday August 31 5:00 PM Mapping Out Your Senior Year Wednesday September 2 7:00 PM Watson Fellowship Info Session Wednesday September 9 7:00 PM Employer Perspectives on the Interview Monday September 14 5:00 PM Pre-Health: Haverford-Jefferson Scholars Information Session Monday September 21 5:00 PM Fellowships in Public Service and Policy Wednesday September 23 5:00 PM Pre-Health: MCAT Information Session – co-sponsored with the OAR Wednesday September 23 6:30 PM Pre-Health: Medical School Application Information Session for Applicants Who Plan to Apply in 2021 Wednesday September 30 7:00 PM Grad School 101 – Tips on the Admissions Process . Presented by Donald C. Martin, Ph.D. Monday October 5 5:00 PM Virtual Interviewing Preparation, presented by Vault Wednesday October 7 7:00 PM What’s Your Story? Writing the Personal Statement Monday October 12 5:00 PM LGBTQ+ Job Search 101 Wednesday October 14 7:00 PM Thinking about Law School? Monday October 19 5:00 PM Law School Mock Admissions Panel Wednesday October 21 7:00 PM Creating a Professional Online Presence Monday October 26 5:00 PM...
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: Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition

CCPA Summer Series 2020: Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition

By Sarah Jennings ’21 Funding Source: Summer Serve Internship I have enjoyed my first month interning with Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition (BCWAC), and I have already learned so much about advocacy, women’s issues, and operating a nonprofit organization. BCWAC is a non-partisan coalition of over 300 Bucks County individuals and 45 non-profit organizations that speak with one voice to serve women and families. Through education and advocacy, BCWAC promotes systemic public and private reform to foster gender equity and economic security for all. The Coalition does not often have interns, so it has been a unique and valuable opportunity to be able to work with my supervisor, the President of the organization, to build a meaningful experience where I can make a difference for the Coalition and our community. Members of BCWAC view the organization at a crossroads, and many have expressed excitement about having me on as the Coalition launches a new chapter in its history. My internship centers around surveying Board members and Coalition partners to better understand their experience in advocacy and needs from the Coalition going forward, assisting with strategic work on expanding the Safety Net as amplified by the pandemic, heading a project of archiving Coalition’s historical data, and launching new initiatives that address needs for the organization as communicated in my conversations with BCWAC leaders. Many conversations and meetings with members of Coalition over the past month have given me the opportunity to learn about issues impacting my community, how organizations function from the inside out, and approaches to advocacy and leadership. I have been fortunate to engage with many bright, experienced...