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...
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: Econsult Solutions

CCPA Internship Series 2020: Econsult Solutions

By Kian Williams ’22 I’m a junior at Haverford and I was fortunate enough to spend my summer working with Econsult Solutions, an economic consulting company based in Philly. Unfortunately, I had to work remotely over the full duration of the internship, and though not being in the office daily was certainly a missed opportunity, I still managed to learn a lot and ended up having an overwhelmingly positive experience working with the firm. Most of my day-to-day work varied greatly– I’d work on tasks relating to a set of projects for a week or so and then I was on to the next set. Though I certainly understand why continuity might be important to a long-term worker, I honestly found that as an intern, working on such a wide variety of different projects throughout the summer kept things interesting, fulfilling and exciting. Brief stints with different projects provided me with quite a bit of flexibility and a pretty well-rounded experience — I also felt like I had engaged with more of the company and the research areas than I would have if I had just worked on a handful of longer term projects. I also had the opportunity to practice and pick up many different skills. The projects themselves also varied quite a bit — I got to work on projects involving public health, urban economics, infrastructure, and higher education. Many of my tasks centered around writing and proofreading memos, researching a vast array of topics, building out presentations, and some light data work (I got the impression that most of the data analysis work was covered by...
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...
College Funding for Summer Experiences

College Funding for Summer Experiences

The College has a variety of funding opportunities to help support summer experiences. These individual departments and funds contain both self-design opportunities (where students find an opportunity and apply for funding), and partner opportunities. Details about each fund can be found here*. Andrew Silk Summer Journalism Fund Gertrude Heller Memorial Fund (working with developmental disabilities) Smart Family Fund (communications) Summer Serve (public interest projects in Philadelphia) Whitehead Internship Program (business/entrepreneurial internships). Whitehead info session November 18, 7:00pm Contact Jennifer Barr (jbarr@haverford.edu) with questions on CCPA managed funds CCPA Pre-Health: Primary Care Pre-Medical Fellowship provided by Dr. Steven Jaharis (contact Jodi Domsky, jdomsky@haverford.edu with questions) Funds in Centers and offices outside of the CCPA: CPGC: domestic and international fellowships Diversity & Activism Summer Archive Internship KINSC Summer Scholars The Haverford MI3_SVC Philadelphia Internship Program Hurford Center for Arts and Humanities The Libraries Summer Incubator, Haverford Innovations Program (HIP) VCAM Design + Making Collaborative Curious about past interns? Visit the Haverford College Internship Network, a peer-to-peer network of Haverford students who have volunteered to talk with other students about their experiences, or our funded internship blogs. *We have kept the Summer 2020 information posted as a reference if the Summer 2021 information is not yet available. Updated information will be posted as deadlines and details are decided among the individual departments.  ...