CCPA Internship Series 2020: Family Planning Program of the Public Health Department of Seattle and King County

CCPA Internship Series 2020: Family Planning Program of the Public Health Department of Seattle and King County

By Betelhem Muno ’22 It was a struggle falling asleep the night leading up to the first sexual health session.  I was imagining the different ways the conversation could go wrong with the intimate group of Eritrean and Ethiopian young women. How do you have a conversation about a topic that is usually shushed immediately? How would this discussion take shape? Was anyone going to get offended by conflicting cultural norms? How would I handle the inevitable discomfort and disagreement? Although I have lived in the United States since I was six, I have stayed connected to the Ethiopian community in Seattle. In January, I met Celia Thomas, a health educator in the Family Planning Program of the Public Health Department of Seattle & King County. We met to talk about a possible internship working with her, focusing on sexual health. I was excited when she told me that she had been wanting to find a way to more directly connect with the Eritrean and Ethiopian communities in Seattle in a way that was culturally appropriate. I was also quietly terrified about the prospect of leading conversations about a delicate topic. Celia’s expertise in providing sexual health education to high school students gave me the confidence to start to structure an internship that would push all our thinking on many different levels. The initial plan to meet in person was made impossible by the pandemic. I think the change to remote engagement prompted me to take a more creative approach. I took up a larger leadership role in having these conversations and made it more accessible to young women in...
CCPA Internship Series 2020: GoodCompany Ventures

CCPA Internship Series 2020: GoodCompany Ventures

By Sophie Schleifer ’22 My name is Sophie Schleifer, and I am a junior Economics Major and Visual Studies Minor at Haverford College. This past summer I had the wonderful opportunity to intern with GoodCompany Ventures, a non-profit accelerator in Philadelphia, where I worked on developing ImpactableX, an impact measurement and analytics service for early stage social and sustainable ventures. Echoing many of my peers’ experience, my internship was completely virtual – in fact, in an entirely different time zone! Despite the inability to meet my coworkers in person, I still had an immersive experience and developed many valuable relationships with incredible individuals. My work with ImpactableX combined my passions for sustainability and social justice with business, and I met many inspiring change makers and entrepreneurs from whom I learned a lot. Over the course of this internship, I developed a deeper understanding of the intricacies and behavior in the impact investing space, while simultaneously gaining valuable start-up experience. Throughout this internship, I was challenged to think innovatively and independently in a range of different positions and tasks behind the scenes of the growing startup. I designed new graphics every week, from externality charts to a visualization of a vegan burger’s water scarcity impact. I learned through practice how to cultivate a brand as well as create clear and educational infographics. I also wrote several articles on topics regarding ImpactableX methodology and impact monetization as well as the greater “social return on investment” market. This project definitely challenged me to understand on a deeper level the history and evolution of impact investing in order to coherently inform founders and...
Guide To Finding Summer Internship Opportunities

Guide To Finding Summer Internship Opportunities

By Jason Chan, Ph.D. Fellowship and Career Advisor / Assistant Director As we near the end of fall semester and look ahead to 2021, the CCPA staff realize many of you may be thinking about summer internships. With COVID-19 throwing a wrench in many of your plans last summer and the ongoing uncertainty about what the pandemic will look like in the new year, some of you may be feeling concerned or anxious about finding and securing an internship. These feelings are completely understandable and shared by many college students across the country. The pandemic has shaken up the landscape of work and employment this year, and with priorities and resources being shifted around, employers are still figuring out what the future will look like for their organizations.  That said, many employers are continuing to offer summer internships. Some may already be recruiting but many will start recruiting after the new year and well into the spring. If you haven’t come across any opportunities in your field of interest yet, it may be that your industry has a slightly later recruiting timeline. With that in mind, the CCPA has pulled together the following guide for your summer internship search. Bookmark this page and revisit it over winter break or when you’re ready to start your search process! GUIDE TO FINDING SUMMER INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES (2021) Reflect on your goals, skills, and experiences: Reflect on and identify your goals for a summer internship. Are there industries, organizations, or positions you’re curious to learn more about? What skills and experiences do you want to gain and why? Use your responses to guide...
CCPA Internship Series 2020: PIVOT

CCPA Internship Series 2020: PIVOT

By Faith Apencha ’21 Hello! My name is Faith Apencha. I am a senior, anthropology major, and health studies minor. I hope to engage in global health work in the future and, thus, my Summer 2020 PIVOT internship. PIVOT is an NGO based in the Ifanadiana District, Madagascar that combines accessible and comprehensive healthcare services with rigorous scientific research to save lives. Madagascar, though known for its extraordinary biodiversity, is burdened by poverty and consequently, disease. I am continually struck by the suffering of people, especially children under five who suffer and die of highly preventable illnesses such as malaria. Through data and research, the organization can create a scalable health system strengthening initiative that addresses poverty and disease. I envisioned this summer to be similar to the last (summer 2019). I spent time in Seattle, living with a vibrant 76-year-old lady who had graciously offered me a home, a beautiful rose garden, and an unlimited supply of homemade bread when I was scammed out of an apartment upon my arrival in Seattle, working in a coworking space. According to my supervisor, getting scammed is a part of the life of a global health worker. I enjoyed my 40-minute walks to work where I was tasked with researching the quality of care provided by community health workers to children under five from various NGOs based in Africa, amongst other things. Unfortunately, this summer has brought on its challenges due to COVID-19. Instead of summer in Seattle, I and the other 14 members of PIVOT’s US team, spend our workdays at home working remotely. I envisioned my work to involve...
CCPA Internship Series: Healthcare Improvement Foundation

CCPA Internship Series: Healthcare Improvement Foundation

By Valentina Moreno ’22 Funding Source: Whitehead Internship Program Somehow in the midst of an unprecedented global pandemic and a border-transcending civil movement, HCIF managed to make my summer experience incredibly fulfilling. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for an organization that adopted me as soon as I got on my first zoom call. The pandemic forced me to move to the UK at the start of the summer where I worked remotely for the majority of my internship. I was separated from my coworkers in a very literal geographic sense and distanced by my drastic time zone difference. Nevertheless, I have never encountered a more welcoming and inspiring group of individuals. If HCIF has taught me anything, it is that there is no need to compromise on what you value in a job. I never had to sacrifice mission and social justice for intellectual rigor and I never had to give up my own mental health and happiness to do well at my job. Essentially, I learned that even as an intern who has yet to graduate, I have access to incredible opportunities. To any future Whitehead applicant, I guarantee that an internship at HCIF (even a remote one) will result in unparalleled personal and professional growth. Prefacing a more detailed account of my time at HCIF, I want to begin by acknowledging the exceptional mentorship of Claudette Fonshell. Claudette is in charge of overseeing Whitehead interns, she continuously made me feel included, comfortable, and challenged by the work I was assigned. I never felt lost or overwhelmed during my internship in large part due to her sustained attention and her...