Being an intern at the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC) in Durham, NC has truly been an amazing experience. As an undergraduate student, I have had numerous opportunities to gain experience in the seven roles and responsibilities of public health education. My preceptor, Robert Childs, and other NCHRC staff, make sure that I have enough meaningful assignments to not only keep me busy, but to give me enough experience to prepare me for the work world.
While interning at NCHRC, I have worked with them on a few of their projects. I have had the honor to write an Op-ed piece about decriminalizing syringes in biohazard containers from the perspective of the public and then submit it to different newspapers all around North Carolina. I've also written an article for the BlueNC website titled "Sex Workers and Condom Use”, which focused on the importance of condom use in the population of sex workers to potentially reduce the rates of sexually transmitted diseases.
During my internship, DHPE provides me with tremendous support and encouragement that I need to complete my special project. The weekly webinars and follow up emails from Ms. Karen Thompkins and other DHPE staff, help shape and sharpen my skills as a health educator, which will potentially make me more marketable to employers. I am thankful for the experience and the opportunity to be a part of the DHPE program and I will always cherish everything that I've learned.
India Johnson is a pursuing a Bachelors of Science degree in Public Health Education from North Carolina Central University. She will be graduating in May. The article titled "Sex Worker and Condom Use” can be view here http://www.bluenc.com/sex-workers-and-condom-use.