Internship Advice for Applying Skills and Knowledge
CU Denver student, Rachel Tyler Discusses Her Internship with the International Rescue Committee.Aug 17, 2022
Rachel is a public health major that completed a successful internship at the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Rachel shares about developing skills, applying knowledge, and sharing advice for future interns in an interview with the Experiential Learning Center (ELC).
BA Public Health
Can you share what your role and duties were at the IRC?
I was a Health Education Intern and so I met with all the incoming clients, including refugees asylees and special immigrant visa recipients. I would meet with all the families and help them go through a health education class that guided them to the health resources and navigated the health system in the U.S., such as insurance, co-pays, and pharmacies. So, we cover all the basic health information they need and supply them with a health folder that has all that information, interpretations, and medical rights.
What was the highlight of your internship?
How have you applied knowledge from your public health classes?
What is your advice for future interns?
Definitely pursue an internship, it's a really invaluable experience! Be creative and think out of the box. At first, I thought I could only find a governmental public health department position but there's so many areas of public health. You can really be creative and find different organizations than the obvious ones that you would originally think of because there's so many opportunities out there. You just must find them and being willing to take that time to do that, but it's so worth it when you do. I recommend working with the Experiential Learning Center. Even if you don't have an internship set up, talk to your Internship Advisor about the possibility of one. They're there to help.