MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Our Internship Fair is quickly approaching!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!

The Public Service Internship Program at Tulane is hosting its biannual INTERNSHIP FAIR on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 from 5:30 to 7 PM in the Qatar Ballroom of the LBC.

Over 40 different community organizations will be present and recruiting interns for the Spring 2013 semester. This is your chance to meet them face to face and finalize your placement! Partners attending the fair represent a wide range of professional domains and there will be exciting and quality internship opportunities for students in every academic field.

Here’s what you could be doing as an intern: meet Sarah Edwards. A Spanish major and pre-med student, Sarah is fulfilling the 2nd tier of her public service graduation requirement by doing an internship through the Center for Public Service at Tulane. She’s also getting great professional experience while working at a local clinic, where she acts as an interpreter for Spanish-speaking patients. Read more.

RSVP by clicking here to let us know you’re coming to the fair!

Questions? Email us at psip@tulane.edu

MEET SARAH EDWARDS…

On the second floor of First Grace United Methodist Church at the intersection of Canal St. and Jefferson Davis Parkway in Mid-City is the New Orleans Faith Health Alliance (NOFHA), where Tulane undergraduates Sarah Edwards and Danielle Dipietro are completing public service internships for academic and service credit this semester.

NOFHA is an independent faith-based health clinic aimed at helping the uninsured working poor.  It is not a free clinic, but charges its patients on a sliding scale according to what they can afford, and though they are faith-based, they do not discriminate and will treat anyone in need.  As Executive Director Luanne Francis explains, part of the mission of NOFHA is to reclaim the church’s role of providing for the whole body, not just the spirit of an individual.

New Orleans Faith Health Alliance Executive Director Luanne Francis and Tulane intern Sarah Edwards  

In addition to bartenders and other service industry workers, a large portion of NOFHA’s patients are Spanish-speaking immigrants, which creates one of the avenues where Sarah Edwards can lend her knowledge and skills.  A junior majoring in Spanish and minoring in Cell and Molecular Biology, Sarah is a trained Tulane Emergency Medical Technician who aspires to go to medical school and hopes for a career in providing care without language or other barriers.

Sarah taking vital signs. 

As a Patient Educator intern at NOFHA, Sarah is responsible for a variety of tasks including assisting patients during their visits with filling out preliminary paperwork, taking vitals, participating in health education sessions, and making follow-up phone calls to evaluate the experience.  When the patient is Spanish-speaking, she acts as an interpreter and is with them throughout the entire visit, from the waiting room to the doctor’s office to the discharge desk.  Not only is Sarah gaining valuable clinical experience, each day she has been able to improve her Spanish comprehension and speaking skills in ways that would not be possible in the classroom.  She describes her experience as “very fulfilling and a chance to step outside of campus and get to know the local community.”

Sarah using the medical database. 

Every semester, the Center for Public Service through its Public Service Internship Program facilitates the process by which Tulane juniors and seniors can find unique and exciting internships for credit.  These are opportunities for civic engagement, professional development, as well as the fulfillment of the 2nd tier public service graduation requirement.

The Public Service Internship Program is accepting applications for Spring 2013 now. You can find out more information at http://tulane.edu/cps/students/internships/index.cfm or by sending an email to psip@tulane.edu.

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