2012 Intern Profiles
This internship enriched my knowledge, improved my public speaking skills, and overall, gave me the assurance of my passion for environmental health and justice. Sincerely speaking, my horizons to a different career path have been expanded.
My work with the GRASP department was my favorite part of the internship. They were incredible to work with and genuinely friendly people. I wouldn’t have picked any other group of individuals to work with. I thought this internship was a life-changing experience. Not only did I receive the guidance to excel on my project, but I was also afforded the support and experience to take my passions to the next level. I wouldn’t have traded this experience for the world.
I had the opportunity to explore the vast field of environmental health through meaningful interaction with its leaders and through hands-on research projects. These experiences have ultimately helped me refine my career aspirations.
People rarely recognize how public health protects them – or even just what it is and what it really means. This summer introduced me to many aspects of it and afforded me a deeper, though still a mere scratch in the surface, perspective of public health, environmental health, and service.
Superfund. Brownfields. I never heard these words prior to this internship. As a global health and international development major, I studied waste management, waterborne diseases, and emergency management – and thought that these encompassed the full range of environmental health topics. I was in for a shock when I learned environmental health was much, much more.
Computational toxicology was something I had never really heard of before this internship, despite being a Toxicology major. It was really great to learn about a completely different side of the field and gave me more career options for the future. I was a little skeptical at first, because I came in with the assumption that all toxicology involved lab animals or cell work. In the end, the project was perfect for me!
Most students have yet to have experience working towards something that will actually have an impact on anything and this internship provided that... this internship gave me valuable knowledge that I will take with me wherever I go.
The experience has been profoundly enriching, and has greatly enhanced the depth of my understanding of the environment and public health. The people I have met during the course of my internship not only helped me to cultivate this understanding, but were also wonderful and interesting people to interact with. They made the internship more than a professional experience—it was an experience of comprehensive growth and development.
I really don’t think I could have had a better time in Atlanta than I did with all my fellow CLEH interns. Applying to the CLEH internship and accepting their invitation will definitely be a highlight as I look back on my undergraduate career.
I am grateful for having the opportunity to travel to see community health in action. It really was an impactful experience for me to meet with community members, city and state health departments, and other groups and organizations that were concerned about health in their communities and see how ATSDR could serve them. My favorite part was being surrounded by student leaders with diverse experiences and interests who come from all over the country.
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