What Our Interns Say
Kristen Mangum, Summer 2014 strategic alliances intern
Undergraduate business administration & public policy student, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School
Developing online resources to help hospitals and businesses implement employee wellness initiatives, designing a 4-week wellness challenge, researching potential partnership opportunities with hospital associations. All of these summer internship projects gave me valuable experience as well as chances to explore topics of interest to me. Not only did I gain valuable experience, but I also had fun doing it. Doing workout videos and going on walks, having weekly lunches with all of the interns, having tea with Prevention Partners’ CEO, attending an Annual Meeting, and meeting board members also made my summer at Prevention Partners thoroughly enjoyable. This internship gave me worthwhile knowledge, skills, and relationships that will undoubtedly benefit me in the future.
Lindsay Tague, Summer 2013 organizational coaching intern
Health behavior graduate student, UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health
Working at Prevention Partners has been an incredibly stimulating and rewarding experience. I spent the summer working in a truly collegial environment where I felt like a valued team member. I had the support and guidance of my preceptor and the responsibility to take on challenging projects. The work I got to do in my internship translates to real skills that I am eager to take back to my second year of graduate school. I interacted with public health professionals from multiple sectors over the summer and have expanded my outlook on what it means to be a part of public health practice. Finally, the passion for prevention was tangible! From workout videos to walking meetings and professional development, my summer flew by, and I was sad to leave. It is a lesson in worksite wellness done right and inspiring for young professionals to see how much impact a group of smart, passionate people can have.
McKinley Kelcy, Fall 2013 strategic alliances intern
Undergraduate health policy & management student, UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health
With a passion for hospital administration, I was really interested in how Prevention Partners engaged hospitals and their leadership in wellness campaigns to improve the health of their employees. Through my experience with Prevention Partners, I had the opportunity to learn how hospitals can change their policies and benefits in order to encourage employees to quit tobacco, improve their nutrition, and increase physical exercise. In addition, I had the ability to practice crucial skills that can be applied to future graduate programs and careers through meaningful individual and group projects. My individual projects gave me experience with creating databases and formulas to summarize and record data. It was exciting to know that these databases would be used by staff to manage their national wellness campaigns. I also had the opportunity to work together with another intern and many staff to update and rewrite a campaign manual. This manual would be distributed to partners in order to help walk them through the implementation of a wellness campaign. With the support of a group of staff that is devoted to helping interns succeed, my internship with Prevention Partners gave me great experience in the field of public health while developing essential leadership and management skills.
My internship with Prevention Partners was invaluable to me. As a Strategic Alliances team intern, I took away knowledge and skills that I am certain I will carry with me throughout my public health career. This internship was a practical way to apply the material I have studied in the classroom. I worked on health communications and updating vital documents for the organization which immersed me into the collaborative nature of Prevention Partners.
Louisa Mounsey, Summer 2013 strategic alliances intern
Undergraduate public policy student, Duke University
I thoroughly enjoyed my internship at Prevention Partners. On my first day, I was accepted into the Prevention Partners office with open arms and the expectation that I would contribute something valuable to their programs. As a public policy major, I hoped to learn about the development and implementation of public health programs. This aim was readily met as I delved into my projects and received valuable feedback that will undoubtedly help me in the future. I leave Prevention Partners with a true understanding of what it means to embrace a culture of wellness, and will definitely bring this knowledge with me in my future endeavors.