Katie Tomascak

TomascakKatie Tomascak

Employer | Hale YMCA Youth and Family Center

Major | Child Psychology / Public Health Minor

Expected Graduation Date | May 2017

When looking for an internship, Katie knew she wanted to have one that would help advance her in her field, which is Child Psychology. Her dream job is to become a family support clinician that works in a hospital. When Katie heard about an internship at Hale YMCA Youth and Family Center, she knew it would be the perfect stepping stone to her future job.

At Katie’s internship there are a lot of roles she is required to play a part in. This includes helping plan an event named Healthy Kids Day by researching vendors and asking them to participate in the event. During the event which is held on April 29th of 2017, Katie is responsible for overseeing the event to make sure everything is running smoothly and accordingly.

One of the most rewarding aspects about this internship is the fact that Katie has the privilege of watching these children learn and grow over the course of time that she is there. A typical day at Katie’s internship is meeting with her supervisor in the morning to discuss any upcoming plans or any new updates. She then goes to watch the children at the YMCA daycare for the rest of the day to help supervise and educate them.

Katie was asked what advice she would give other college students trying to find an internship. Her response was, “Take a risk and apply to internships that you have even the slightest interest in. It can turn into a great opportunity in the end. Any internship experience is good experience to put on your resume. And drink lots of coffee!”

Amanda Eakin

AmandaEakinAmanda Eakin

Year | Senior

Internship Title | Student Intern

Employer | Global Field Course Internship Program

Major | Health Sciences, Concentration in Pre-Nursing

Amanda Eakin participated in a global field course internship in Agona-Asamang, Ashanti Region of Ghana in West Africa. This internship lasted three weeks during the summer of 2016. Amanda visited various health clinics, hospitals, and public health agencies that taught her about healthcare services in this region of Ghana. “The internship allowed me to get my feet wet in the medical field and experience the Ghanaian culture at the same time” explains Amanda. She observed numerous clinical experiences in the Agona-Asamang hospital. “When visiting the hospital, I viewed specialties ranging from an emergency department, maternity, physiotherapy, surgery, and chronic diseases.” Amanda adds, “I tried my best to get as many experiences in all the various departments so I could get a feel for what specialty I want to do in the future.” In regards to public health opportunities, Amanda went to an immunization and weighing clinic for toddlers. Additionally, Amanda visited a number of water treatment sites to see how water was created and where residents retrieved water in different communities.

“I would definitely recommend completing an internship because it allows you to gain experience in the field that you are interested in and if you go abroad for your internship, it gives you a once in a lifetime experience.” Amanda will be graduating from Eastern in December. She’s currently in the process of applying to nursing programs to receive her BSN.

Written By, Sofia Amaral

Bethany Juselis

BethanyBethany Juselis

Year | Senior

Internship Title | General Intern

Employer | Uncas Health District, Norwich CT

Major | Health Science, concentration in Public Health

Following in the footsteps of Patrick McCormack, Bethany completed her internship at the Uncas Health District this past summer 2016. Bethany stated, “My responsibilities would be driving samples up to the state lab in Rocky Hill. I would go out with a sanitarian every Monday morning to do water samples of the local beaches. Then on Wednesday, if the water samples came back with a high bacteria count we would go back and re sample them. I would also meet with the Public Health Nurse from time to time to file paper work.”

Bethany majors in Health Science with a concentration in Public Health and this internship was perfect for her because she researched how much bacteria local beaches contained. She now has first-hand knowledge of what the public is being exposed to frequently. “From this internship I learned that things will always be changing around you as long as you are in the public health field. You never know what the next outbreak is going to be, and being prepared is key.”

Bethany also stated, “I would highly recommend this internship to other students. I was lucky enough to be part of their team. The Uncas Health District has a wonderful environment and I felt very welcomed. Everyone was kind and willing to answer any of my questions. I was new to the field so Uncas Health helped me better understand what a local health department does.”

Written by Sofia Amaral