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...
CCPA Internship Series: Public Health Internship with Justice for Girls Coalition of Washington, Summer Internships with Intention: Tips for Your Search

CCPA Internship Series: Public Health Internship with Justice for Girls Coalition of Washington, Summer Internships with Intention: Tips for Your Search

By Carolena Muno ’23 Funding Source:  Primary Care Pre-Medical Internship Fund As pinwheel day approaches at Haverford, students begin to feel an increasing pressure to secure an internship or job for the summer. For many, myself included, the stress to land any job or opportunity can often force students into applying for positions that are not as helpful or engaging as they have hoped. My solution? Plan your own internship by getting specific about your interests, time frame, and goals. Step 1: Plan out your intentions, but stay open. It is easy to become overwhelmed with different ideas for opportunities in the summer. To prevent this, I found it helpful to create a guiding list of every path or opportunity I was interested in pursuing. As a pre-health student, these opportunities included conducting lab research, shadowing a doctor, or working with a public health organization. In addition, I also took the time to consider what my intentions for the summer were. What did I want to learn, who did I want to connect to, and what communities did I want to serve? After I created my list and intentions, I began to consider specific organizations that I could reach out to. To find these organizations I used a large variety of resources– I asked family, friends, professors, and advisors if they knew of any organizations that might fit into my interests. In addition, I used websites like Handshake and Indeed to cast a broader net. This helped me find a variety of potential opportunities that I could start looking into further. As a result of COVID restrictions, which were...
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...