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Internship: Prevent Cancer Foundation

House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Oversight Subcommittee Hearing on Medicare Fraud

One of the hearings I attended.  This particular hearing was with the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.  The topic was Medicare Fraud.

This summer I gained valuable hands-on  experience through an External Affairs, Policy, and Advocacy Internship at the Prevent Cancer Foundation (PCF).  Located just outside of Washington, D.C., this internship was the perfect way to further my understanding of and apply many of the concepts I’ve been learning about in my Health Policy and Management (HPM) and Political Science classes.

Let me first start off by explaining how I got this internship.  Providence College has an amazing Office of Career Services where I went several times for guidance.  I met with one of the career counselors, Joe McCarthy, and Joe was incredibly helpful.  He reviewed my resume and cover letter and also helped me in my search for internships.  Once I sent out applications and was invited to interview for a few positions, Joe even helped me practice and improve my interviewing skills.

Walking past the Capitol on my way back to the office

Walking past the Capitol on my way back to the office

Fastforward several months later and I started my internship at PCF!  Just a bit about PCF: it’s the only nonprofit in the country dedicated to cancer prevention and early detection.  My main duties included attending Congressional hearings and briefings on Capitol Hill, analyzing healthcare legislation, putting together grassroots materials, and I even got to do a bit of blogging by contributing to the Foundation’s Advocacy Blog.

Here are a few highlights from the summer:

  • One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC) Lobby Day – This was a way for cancer survivors, caregivers, lobbyists, and volunteers to get together to learn about the obstacles to improving cancer treatment, such as recent budget cuts in research spending.  Guest speakers also provided some tips on effective lobbying.  Once the training was finished, participants went to Capitol Hill to meet with legislators and discuss issues and solutions to improving cancer care.
  •  Advocacy Toolkit – My major project for the summer was helping PCF’s External Affairs Department in putting together an online toolkit for members of the community to use in their advocacy efforts.  From contacting members of Congress to writing informational pieces for a local newspaper to getting others involved, this toolkit provides tips and examples for anyone who wishes to promote cancer prevention.
  • E-Cigarette Rule – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently proposed greater regulation over the use of e-cigarettes and cigars.  After the rule was made public, the FDA offered a comment period for organizations and individuals to provide their opinions.  I was tasked with reading and analyzing the proposed rule so PCF could draft a response for the FDA.
My desk!

My desk!  Note my Providence hockey magnet and water bottle on the left.  Go Friars! :-)

Besides gaining all of this invaluable experience, I absolutely loved the people I worked with.  They were all so welcoming and eager to include me in what they were doing.  I also received wonderful guidance in my preparation for graduate school.  As I stated in my previous blog post, my goal is to earn a Master’s Degree in Public Health, and I was able to speak with a few of the people at PCF about applying to grad school as well as what to expect.  They gave me great advice and even gave me some pointers about working in the professional world after grad school.

I cannot even begin to explain how lucky I feel to have had this internship.  I learned so much and met so many amazing people.  I am incredibly grateful for everything PCF has done for me.

I’m also grateful to Career Services for helping me to secure this internship.  If you choose PC, you will have access to some of the best career advising around.

And, on one last note, if you’re interested in doing an internship in Washington, D.C. but don’t live in the D.C. area, look at PC’s Washington Semester Program!  I didn’t participate in this since I’m from the D.C. area but it’s definitely worth checking out.

Summer and the Start of Senior Year

Courtney and me visiting the Rebecca Nurse Homestead in Danvers, MA

More unbelievable than the fact that summer is almost over is that in just two weeks I will begin my senior year.  Mind. Blown. I had an absolutely wonderful summer.  I had the privilege of interning with the Prevent Cancer Foundation (a post on … [Continue reading]

Forever a Friar

my roommates and I in front of the grotto before boarding the bus to go to formal night (nicole, ealish, laura, me)

Last week was a whirlwind of fun, emotions and reflection. My junior year concluded with some exciting news - I have been chosen to serve as Secretary of Campus Ministry Council for the upcoming year!  As Campus Ministry has been such a huge part … [Continue reading]

Early Involvement Options


Congrats to the newest members of our PC family - the Class of 2018!  If you're looking for some ways to get involved early on, here are a couple great options: URBAN ACTION I did Urban Action my freshman year and loved it.  Unfortunately, that … [Continue reading]

Classes are Over


As of last Friday, classes for the Spring 2014 Semester are done and we are now halfway through Finals Week. The last week of classes typically feels rushed.  It's when all of your major final assignments are due and everyone's hurrying to finish … [Continue reading]

One Week Left?


I know, I know, I haven't posted in a while...I'm sorry!  Once April hit, everything picked up and...well...now we only have one week left of classes.  Insane, right? I have a ton of exciting things to share with you guys, but, since this is … [Continue reading]

Lookin’ Ahead

Here at PC, we are constantly being reminded of how close this semester is to being over.  My wonderful roommates, who are all seniors, are talking about their exciting plans for next year.  My professors are talking about final exams.  And we just … [Continue reading]

Freshman Flashback: Friartown


One of the first things I noticed about PC even before sending in my deposit was the overwhelming sense of school pride.  Everyone loves the Friars.  And it's no surprise how popular athletic events are among the campus community. I never really … [Continue reading]

Heart and Soul


With our men's ice hockey team in the Hockey East Semifinals in Boston and our men's basketball team making it to the NCAA tournament in San Antonio, TX, this has been an exciting time for PC athletics.  And, as I'm a hockey fan and PC was offering … [Continue reading]

Mid-Semester Motivation


When I boarded the train to Providence last Sunday after spending a week in Maryland for Spring Break, I wasn't all that enthusiastic.  As I stuffed my belongings into my suitcase the night before, I glanced over my planner to get an idea of what the … [Continue reading]

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