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PPA Internships - 2008

Anthropology

Maggie Canby, PPA/Biology, (Scripps), interned with the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health Immunization Program. Maggie worked within the Advocacy, Evaluation, and Promotion (AEP) unit. Maggie conducted extensive research for the AEP unit and its partners on the issue of increasing rates of Personal Belief Exemptions, which lead to decreasing immunization coverage levels.

Samuel Cook, PPA/Biology, interned with both the Office of Labor Standards Enforcement for the City of San Francisco and the City of Claremont Human Services Department. Sam's research and projects for both of institutions centered on Health Care Education and Advocacy.

Chemistry

Sarah Buchman, PPA/Chemistry, interned with the County of Los Angeles Public Health, Office of Women's Health. Sarah researched and wrote articles for the monthly community partner communication, Health Note. The first article highlighted the disparities in health treatment of minorities and the second article was about the risk factors, prevention and demographics of lung cancer. She also contributed to the Prevention Matters newsletter for the OWH. Sara was instrumental in the production of a complete protocol binder for the Mobile Clinic Outreach program.

Mackenzie Greiman, PPA/Chemistry, interned with the Non-GMO Project, a non-profit based in Claremont. While at the Non-GMO Project Mackenzie worked to further develop relationships with partnering organizations. Mackenzie also attended the Natural Products Expo in Boston representing the Non-GMO Project.

Lily Hitchner, PPA/Chemistry interned with the East Valley Community Health Center where she conducted clinic policy research on best practices, managed patient cases in the Cervical and Breast Cancer Prevention Programs, and developed educational materials for the STD Prevention Program.

Economics

Lech Kaiel, PPA/Economics, interned with the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership. While there Lech researched and created a Legislative Action Guide, implemented a survey of the San Gabriel Valley businesses, and provided public policy research on regional and state issues.

Emily Tamanaha, PPA/Economics, interned at the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy. While there, Emily conducted independent policy research around issues such as environmental regulations in the hospital industry and living wage issues. She attended and contributed to strategy meetings, planned events, and participated in educational outreach.

Jennifer Han, PPA/Economics, interned with Jack Mills, PhD, Education Consultant.
Jennifer assisted Dr. Mills with a project funded by the National Institute of Health-General Medical Sciences to look at underrepresented minorities in science. Jennifer transcribed interviews, analyzed CSUN Institutional Research historical trend data, and conducted a literature review of the research on mentoring programs in general and in the sciences.

Politics

Jorge "Nico" Anwandter, PPA/Politics, interned with L.A. County Neighborhood Legal Services. Nico assisted self-represented litigants answer unlawful detainer complaints, and complete legal paperwork in the area of family law. He explained court process and procedures and legal terminology so that clients understood issues in their cases. Nico also assisted with the training of new volunteers.

Rebecca Dale, PPA/ Politics, History, interned with EcoSecurities, a locally located world-wide developer and supplier of emission reductions. Becky authored the companies' weekly legislative updates which reflected her knowledge and research of the carbon markets world-wide, climate change policy, and EcoSecurities.

Caroline Flynn, PPA/Politics, interned with the House of Ruth whose mission is to advocate for and assist women and children victimized by domestic violence. After completing a state mandated forty-hour training, Caroline had a broad range of responsibilities. She worked as a Shelter Advocate, accompanied clients to court, and assisted in the residential facility.

Zuleika Godinez, PPA/Politics, interned with Uncommon Good, a Claremont non-profit that connects school-age mentees to community mentors. Zuleika conducted extensive statistical research regarding poverty, drop-out rates, and detentions for surrounding communities, counties of Los Angeles, and California. Additionally Zuleika conducted researched and wrote two small-sized grant proposals. Zuleika also spent time "in the field" working with the Uncommon Good Family Services Coordinator.

Michelle Pham, PPA/Politics, interned with Los Angeles County Neighborhood Legal Services in the Workers' Rights Unit. Michelle assisted in the representation of low-wage workers before the State Labor Commissioner, conducted wage calculations for penalty claims, and conducted legal research on a specific wage claim case.

Jonathan Peterson, PPA/Politics, interned in the offices of Los Angeles Unified School Board member Tamar Galatzan. Jonathan developed both a business and non-profit data-base. He wrote articles for the Board Members newsletter, and researched and wrote briefing papers for Board Member Galatzan on the District's new Per-pupil Funding model, the World Languages Initiative, the Developer Fees Program and resolutions to support Congressional legislation.

Sociology

Jennifer Rojas, PPA/Sociology, interned for Claremont Unified School District in the office of Secondary Education. Jennifer supported work for the Career and Technical Education program. She participated in grant writing, data collection, and designing informational material and mailers.

Melissa Hanna, PPA/Sociology, interned with Skatebook, an organization focused on the world of skateboarding. Melissa worked on many projects including market analysis, data analysis, hiring and supervising a data entry team, and coordinating projects for the producer of their broadly published coffee- table book, Skatebook.