What Our Interns Say
Eugene Wong, 2013-2014 tobacco cessation advocacy & policy intern
Undergraduate health policy & management student, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health
I had heard so much about other intern experiences at Prevention Partners, and I am so thankful that I get to write about my own experience! Working at Prevention Partners has truly been a rewarding and stimulating experience. I came into this organization with an interest in public health, but I wanted to gain practical experience in this field. Interns are a vital part of the work that Prevention Partners does. The work that interns get to do matters and has an actual impact on the organization.
The experiences that I got from this internship translate to real skills that I’ll be able to use in my career. I interacted with a variety of stakeholders and learned a lot about leadership engagement, a specialty of Prevention Partners! I gained a LOT of knowledge concerning tobacco and cessation efforts. After interning with Prevention Partners for a year, I decided to take the tobacco cessation work outside of my internship and continue it into my future career.
The staff are superb and super friendly. The work atmosphere is amazing! They talk the talk and walk the walk! It’s evident in everything that they do that they are passionate about their work! I have truly enjoyed my time here and plan on keeping in touch with everyone that I have connected with here. Even if you’re not sure if you want to go into public health, consider an internship with Prevention Partners!
Interning with Prevention Partners has been an excellent opportunity to work with this unique nonprofit whose work reaches across sectors, including businesses, schools, communities, and hospitals. My responsibilities challenged me. With excellent mentoring, I was encouraged to stretch my abilities. I needed to get up to speed quickly in my focus areas, including tobacco policy, systems-level tobacco cessation, and hospital readmissions. Learning about policy advocacy with Prevention Partners meant engaging, not just watching. I researched, made talking points, and spoke with legislators and reporters on a variety of tobacco-related issues. I had a terrific combination of assignments, some short and focused and others bigger and open-ended, which allowed me to take initiative and to be creative in my work. I exercised literature search, organizational, and editorial skills, and did a lot of writing for varied audiences.
Teamwork is valued at Prevention Partners, and I especially enjoyed working alongside such a smart and collegial group of interns and staff. They succeed in maintaining a culture of wellness in their workplace. I can’t say enough good things about the overall environment, the mentorship, challenge, and camaraderie I’ve enjoyed during these weeks.