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Spring 2013 DHPE Internship Program Comes to a Close

Saturday, April 20, 2013   (1 Comments)
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Sixteen undergraduate and graduate students participated in the Spring 2013 DHPE Internship Program. Interns were placed in various federal, state and local agencies and community-based organizations across the country and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The twelve-week internship program concluded on April 19th. While gaining practical experience in public health, students also participated in weekly webinars to learn more about health disparities and receive professional development. Almost all of the interns were able to participate in a DHPE Shaping Policy for Health Training Course during the internship program.

Here are a few thoughts from students that participated in the spring internship.

My internship experience was fruitful, educational, encouraging and gratifying. The internship provided me with great people to guide me and help through professional situations. The assignments and responsibilities delegated to me served as opportunities to challenge myself intellectually, professionally, emotionally and spiritually, helping me grow as a public health professional and as a human being.

Sue Ramos-Diaz
Internship –Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dengue Branch- San Juan, P.R.

During the 12-week internship at the DeKalb County Board of Health I was able to apply my public health knowledge to several activities. Most of my tasks revolved around the multi-media health education venture Public Health Information for Teens (PHIT). While working to promote PHIT, I engaged with various community partners to ensure the visibility of the DeKalb County Board of Health brand, programs, and services. This internship allowed me to gain an appreciation for the 10 essential public health services and the seven competencies and responsibilities of public health education.

Duane McKinley
Internship- DeKalb County Board of Health, Decatur, GA

My internship experience was great. I was placed at the CDC, Division of Community Health, Research Surveillance and Evaluation Branch. During the internship, I completed a research project investigating racial differences in progression to AIDS and mortality in HIV+ women. In completing my project, I learned a lot about research and data analysis. My experiences during the internship definitely contributed to my professional growth.

O'Mareen Spence
Internship – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Community Health, Research Surveillance and Evaluation Branch, Atlanta, GA

Learn more about DHPE's Internship Program

DHPE now provides Internship Administration and Support Services to other organizations. Learn more about this service.



Doreleena Sammons-Hackett (aka Posey) S.M. says...
Posted Monday, April 22, 2013
Very nice! Glad you all were able to experience public health first hand!

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