Anyé Carson, 23, will earn a master of public health degree with a health disparities concentration at the University of Indianapolis. She recently interned at Indiana Minority Health Coalition (IMHC) and shares the experience here.
Carson says, “It has been a great experience interning with IMHC. We have expectations and responsibilities, just as IMHC employees, and this better prepares us for realistic work [within a] career after college. I am working with the Change Your Lifestyle, Change Your Life program coordinator Vanessa Summers as a program assistant and each week I am connecting with the community; that is my favorite part of the internship.”
Read what else she has to say.
How do you think the internship with IMHC has prepared you for the professional world?
Several of my skills have gotten better, thanks to IMHC. I have coordinated town hall [meetings], networked with professionals and elected officials, and developed education and awareness materials for the community. I think my skills after completing my internship with IMHC will definitely make my résumé more appealing to future employers.
Given your experiences, which career path interests you most?
I interned with the Indiana Minority Health Coalition during my senior year in college as a public policy intern and have a great passion for health legislation and health equity. I am working towards a career path that includes community engagement, public health advocacy and some travel.
Now that you have both college and work experience, what added value will you bring to potential employers?
In addition to my education and work experience, I am also accountable, adaptable and I have a strong work ethic.
As an African American student, where do you see yourself in today’s society?
As an African American student and studying in a health disparities program I see the need for increased opportunities and access for diverse and minority communities. I see the need for public health and prevention strategies growing for society to reach optimal health.
What is the most important thing that you have learned during your internship?
The most important thing I have learned is the importance of organization and prioritizing. Organizing helps with effectively and efficiently completing work tasks.
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
In five years, I see myself a couple years into a public health career where I can continue to grow professionally and also engage with other professionals and community members to keep individuals healthy.