Bruce R. Dalgaard & Carol L. Korda (Dalgaard/Korda) Scholarship for Vocational Internships Testimonials
At the Public Defender’s office I will be working on specific cases and analyzing the evidence present. I will also get the chance to speak with eye witnesses and gather testimonies, attend trials and judges meetings, and potentially testify in court. All of these experiences will prepare me for the field of crime scene investigations and all of the duties it entails.
My Scholarship took me to Jalapa, Nicaragua with Interfaith Service to Latin America (ISLA). ISLA is a non-profit org. with a long-standing presence in Jalapa that seeks to partner with communities in Latin America working with health, education and construction. I went with ISLA to Jalapa to study public health & its role in a developing country such as Nicaragua.
This interim I am participating in the Public Health in Nicaragua program. During this internship I will spend two weeks shadowing and interviewing public health professionals in Minnesota and two weeks assessing the health of rural residents in Jalapa, Nicaragua. I will be shadowing biostatisticians at the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation and an environmental research scientist at the Minnesota Department of Health.
JENNIFER NILSEN ’13
Major: Spanish, Sociology/Anthropology and Management Studies Concentration
Internship Site: Ashoka's Youth Venture; Gardner, MA
Kong Vang ’13
Internship Site: University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center; Minneapolis, MN
ROZLYN ANDERSON ’13
Major: Environmental Studies
Internship Site: The Yanapuma Foundation - Finca Sarita, Sarampión, Ecuador
Reflection Essay: Personal Essay
Many of my natural science courses, particularly Biology 126 and Organic Chemistry will contribute to my success during the Finca Sarita internship. These classes have given me a strong background in the scientific processes behind organic agriculture. In Addition, my Spanish courses will allow me to interact with the local community and the farm coordinator. Finally, last year I took Campus Ecology.
This January, I plan to volunteer at Finca Sarita Organic Farm in Ecuador. I will live and work on the farm with owner Servio Pachard and his family. My stay at Finca Sarita will give me the opportunity to learn practical skills about alternative, sustainable farming methods through hands-on experience.
There are 3 defining experiences that have prepared me for this internship: Participation in the Sustainable Farming Conference of Minnesota last February, learning about community development through the “Considering Global Poverty” writing course last spring, and working as a plant-breeding intern at the University of Wisconsin-Madison this past summer.
While in Guatemala and Honduras I will meet with families, translate, take notes and photos. I will work with my advisor and the other members of the trip to document our experiences. I will be a part of a team providing support to the communities Farmer to Farmer works with in ways that best suit their needs. We will focus on the coffee cooperatives and I will learn first hand how such cooperatives work.
I will be interning in January with Mobile Baykeeper, a non-profit environmental group with over 4,000 members, whose goal is to preserve and protect the health, habitat and heritage of the Mobile Bay watershed. It has worked alongside other agencies on many local issues that have significant health and economic implications for the region. Most recently, they have been working overtime following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf.
While in Ecuador, I expect to be observing & working directly with a physical therapist in the clinic at Camp Hope. Camp Hope mainly supports children with both mental & physical disabilities. I plan on being able to observe the methods and organizational strategies of the physical therapist and learn by working hands-on with the patients.
I am taking part in a Business Development Internship with Villages of Hope. In addition to caring for and educating children, the orphanage works to stimulate economic development in the area. Through creation of markets and business opportunities for locals, the orphanage gives locals a chance to create a business and become self sustainable. As a Business Development Intern, I will help with the development of new businesses by locals.
I will be working on a project of Yanapuma’s called Eco-Escuelas. This project’s goal is to implement a program for developing environmentally focused schools (that are sustainable) in Ecuador. The first steps will be in identifying what we think an Eco-Escuela should look like; from this I can adapt my evaluation method for use in keeping track of the progress of the schools.
In Tena I will be expected to assist students with their homework, requiring a command of skills in one-on-one tutoring. In high school I tutored one-on-one 3 hours a week in local elementary schools. I gained a basic understanding of skills and knowledge needed to help elementary immigrant students read, write, and speak in English. In college I deepened my role from a tutor to a mentor working an hour and a half every week with a Latina middle school student completing homework and building a relationship.
The HOPE Center is a domestic violence and sexual assault crisis center, so during my internship there I will be doing a variety of learning tasks that integrate careers in psychology with social justice. I will be able to meet psychological professionals and people with whom those professionals work (such as social workers and lawyers) in order to best help their clients. I will also be sitting in on meetings with these professionals—for example, meetings of the Children’s Mental Health Response team. I will attend court hearings that pertain to the HOPE Center’s clients and type up notes from these hearings, and will also be updating the Center’s databases with statistical information about their clients.