Summer Interns

2013 Summer Internship Program Ends with a Splash!


(Left to Right) AMPHS Summer Interns Karen Ouyang, Alexandra Lacqua, Lisa Rennels, Georgina Muri

The AMPHS 2013 summer internship program ended with a splash last week, after our four summer interns presented their final project results in culminating presentations to AMPHS senior staff. This year, summer interns Alexandra Lacqua, Georgina Muri, Karen Ouyang, and Lisa Rennels were responsible for a diversity of projects to help inform AMPHS’ strategic direction and project goals. Summer interns were divided into projects related to Community Engagement and Medical & Public Health Services and assigned group and independent projects. Group projects included: inputting survey data into the public health database and performing data analysis, community mapping, and conducting needs assessments with community members through interviews and observations. Independent projects were focused on special topics, such as social media use in Sunset Park, air pollution in Sunset Park, market research for a community-wide Healthy Eating Discounts Program, and research on health care policy and its effects on undocumented populations.

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Summer Interns with President & CEO Hewett Chiu at AFA Conference 2013

The summer internship program also featured a number of different activities, including workshops, conferences, and outings. In June, interns had the chance to participate in the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Concepts of Care Conference, where they learned about caretaking for dementia patients and gained a better understanding of patient perspectives. Complementing this, AMPHS initiated a series of Miniversity workshops to introduce interns to topics related to health, health care, and nonprofits, including workshops ranging from topics like brain disorders to qualitative research methods, grantwriting, health care policy, cardiac malfunction and blood pressure measurement, and presentation design. To top it off, interns had the opportunity to participate in a plethora of AMPHS community health events, interacting directly with community members, assisting with outreach, materials distribution, surveys, and translation, and gaining a better understanding of the population the organization was serving.


Summer Outing at Storm King Art Center

And of course, summer isn’t summer without some heated fun. To conclude their summer, AMPHS interns and volunteers took a break from the busy city life with a group outing to relax at the serene and inspirational Storm King Art Center; that same week, they took another surprise trip to participate in the Dr. Oz Show at ABC Studios. On their last day, each of the interns gave a culminating presentation to present their project findings and recommendations to the senior staff, which will be used to further inform AMPHS’ strategic planning process.

When the interns were asked to recap their experiences at AMPHS, a very clear theme emerged. Not only had they learned important skills, they also had the opportunity to contribute to something that mattered to them. According to summer intern Karen Ouyang, “It made me feel small things do make a difference. All the while, I learned research skills, communication skills, time management, and self-motivation during this very busy summer.”

Lisa Rennels Final Presentation on Community Needs Assessment and Social Media Trends in Sunset Park

Lisa Rennels Final Presentation on Community Needs Assessment and Social Media Trends in Sunset Park

This could not make us happier to see. Beyond learning about public health and nonprofits as a career option, they came to AMPHS because they wanted to connect to something larger. We are glad that the interns have been able to explore what matters and break out of their academic bubbles to connect to the greater New York City community.

Wherever they go, we hope that they will bring the AMPHS spirit with them and uncover their true passions. Thank you, Alex, Georgina, Karen, and Lisa for all your hard work this summer!

AMPHS Welcomes New Summer Interns Aboard!

AMPHS would like to offer a warm and fuzzy welcome to its new summer interns, Alexandra Lacqua, Georgina Muri, Karen Ouyang, and Lisa Rennels, who completed the new volunteer orientation this past weekend on June 15th. The four interns have been assigned to work on projects in the divisions of Medical and Public Health Services and Community Engagement. Each intern will have a chance to work on a group project and independent project specific to their divisions, with the overall goals of consolidating screening data, developing community partnerships, assessing community needs, and conducting follow-up with community members. Additionally, interns will be focusing on independent projects that include the coordination of a Healthy Eating Discounts program, development of health education materials, health policy analysis, and social media research and outreach.

In addition to their assigned projects, summer interns will also have a chance to participate in health screening events, Miniversity workshops, and other events throughout the summer.

AMPHS welcomes the following interns to our team:

Alexandra LacquaAlexandra Lacqua, Community Engagement Associate

Alexandra is a rising sophomore at Loyola University Chicago, currently pursuing a premedical curriculum. Alexandra is passionate about social entrepreneurship, and in the course of her academic career, has been involved in an Entrepreneur Boot Camp, where she worked with a toy designer to market a new toy, and was selected to participate in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, where she learned to create a business plan for budding companies. Outside of school, she has been highly involved as founding member and Secretary/Treasurer in Healing Hands Abroad, an organization that provides volunteer surgical care to to underserved communities throughout the world. Some of Alexandra’s main goals this summer are to learn how to effectively educate the communities on health initiatives, understand the Sunset Park community and how to identify needs/improvements, and further develop her skills in making connections and maintaining contact with other organizations.

Georgina MuriGeorgina Muri, Medical and Public Health Services Associate

Georgina holds a MA in European Politics and Policy, and a BA in European Studies from New York University, where she was the recipient of the Founder’s Day Award for Scholastic Achievement and Honors in 2012. Georgina is trilingual in German, French and English and has a diploma in Professional and Business French level B2. She would like to pursue a career in international policy and is particularly interested in public health, including issues of nutrition and obesity. Outside of the workplace, Georgina enjoys leaning new languages, swing dancing and cooking. Some of Georgina’s goals this summer include learning about database use and management, data analysis and synthesis, and project development and management. She is also interested in understanding the AMPHS health screening process and how data is gathered and analyzed for community assessments.

Karen OuyangKaren Ouyang, Medical and Public Health Services Associate

Karen Ouyang is a rising junior at Binghamton University, currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. Karen has a wealth of experience volunteering with nonprofit organizations and working with social enterprises. In the past, she has worked as a docent at the New York Aquarium, PR and marketing intern at Harvest Home Farmer’s Market, and Teacher’s Assistant with Best Prep Academy at PS 22 in NY. In addition, Karen is highly involved in the microfinance connection club and science club at Binghamton University. Her main interests lie in exploring real-world applications of mathematics, especially in medical and public health fields. Some of Karen’s main goals this summer include learning how to apply mathematics to public health, learning how AMPHS assesses community needs to deliver solutions, and understanding career opportunities and skills required to advance in the nonprofit sector.

Lisa RennelsLisa Rennels, Community Engagement Associate

Lisa is a rising senior at Dartmouth College, pursuing a B.A. in Environmental Studies while also working to complete the requirements for medical school.  She is interested in the nexus of public health and environmental science, which is especially obvious in the context of drinking water scarcity and quality.  At school Lisa is a member of KDE sorority, a chair of the Dartmouth Special Olympics organization, and a captain of the Dartmouth Women’s Water Polo Club.  She loves to travel, and so far has spent three months in Barcelona on a transfer term program and three months in southern Africa on Dartmouth’s Environmental Studies Foreign Study Program.  Lisa was born and raised in Palo Alto, California, where she picked up an insatiable appetite for the sun, the ocean, and water polo.  Some of Lisa’s learning objectives this summer include understanding the non-profit work environment, community health problems most pertinent to the New York area and the United States, and the challenges and possible solutions to reaching hard-to-find populations with basic and necessary healthcare.

Welcome aboard!