Class of 2013
Far Hills, NJ
I got an opportunity to meet people who I wouldn't normally have a reason to interact with. The experience has broadened my perspective on what you can do with a health science degree.
My internship: LiveWell YMCA
- How I got the gig:
I spoke with Susan Zeiger and told her I wanted to go into nutrition and public health. We talked about a lot of different options and she told me to talk to Dr. Alicia Powers about LiveWell because she does a lot of work with the organization. Shortly after that, Dr. Powers emailed the LiveWell directors to say I was interested and they contacted me. I had a quick interview and told them about my interests. It wasn't a long process.
- Day-to-day duties:
I update the website with stories, recipes and tips. I also work on other projects like developing posters for school lunchrooms that inform students about how to eat well and get exercise.
- Best thing I've learned:
People want to be healthier. I thought the internship would be about convincing people to improve their habits, but there's already a desire in Greenville to be healthier, which is cool. I don't think many places are like that right now.
- Interesting projects:
One of the most unique things I did was create a pamphlet about exercising with your pet. That way, you both get the health benefits. I helped with the research and development of the piece. I'm also compiling a database of different vet clinics, pet stores, and pet-friendly trails in Greenville so people have a map of where to go and other resources.
- The search:
Make sure you find an internship you're interested in and not just one that looks good on paper. If you don't enjoy it, the person you're interviewing with will be able to tell in the interview. People want to see your passion.
Start early because it's something you have to manage with class work. You don't want to miss a deadline or have to rush an application for something you really want.
- On the job:
Don't be shy to speak up. If you don't understand your project or if you don't have enough to do, that doesn't benefit your boss or yourself. Just speak up and ask because there's no harm in it.