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PPA Internships - 2009

Anthropology

Claire Perkins, Anthropology/PPA, interned with East Valley Community Health Center in the HIV and POL Outreach Departments. Claire taught STD/HIV education at testing sites several times a week. She also helped design new outreach programs and ran focus groups for POL.

Biology

Sardius Chen, Biology/PPA, completed her internship at University of California Irvine Medical Center, Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Sardius assisted with day-to-day work on seven or eight clinical studies. She worked primarily on a pharma-sponsored study in order to become familiar with the database system and with protocols and organizations surrounding a pharma study

Chemistry

Elena Brandford, Chemistry/PPA, interned with the East Valley Community Health Center, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. She spent much of her time teaching reproductive education in high school and middle school classrooms. As well, she worked with the Teen Peer Educators at the schools. Elena also entered and analyzed data associated with the program.

Economics

Charles Balter, Economics/PPA, completed his internship through the Washington, D.C. Study Semester. Charlie worked on Capitol Hill in the office of U. S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D  - Washington State) responding to constituent concerns, observing sessions of Congress, completing general duties.

Stephanie Pham, Economics/PPA, interned with The Trust for Public Land on the Rivers and Parks Project. Stephanie did research for the Safe Routes to School Program, prepared park workshops, developed marketing literature for park workshops, and gathered citizen views about parks. Stephanie spent a lot of time “out in the field” during her internship.

Hammad Sheik, Economics/PPA, interned with the City of Pasadena in the Economic Development Department. Hammad worked on a variety of projects including a Downtown Project that included learning the basics of Geographic Information Systems software.

Psychology

Kelly Schwartz, Psychology/PPA, interned with the Superior Court of Los Angeles, Pomona Branch, in the courtroom of Judge Susan Lopez-Giss. Kelly reviewed files, identified case issues, and observed courtroom proceedings.

Politics

James Mikolowsky, Politics/PPA, interned with the City of Pasadena in the City Manager’s office. James was assigned to a specific project: an evaluation of Pasadena’s Community Job Center. His assignment was to produce a “white paper” by the end of the semester. James reviewed documents (contracts, City Council agenda reports), interviewed city employees, and interviewed employees from other job centers.

Science, Technology and Society

Katherine Duberg, Science, Technology, and Society/PPA, completed her internship at the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice in Riverside. Katie’s primary responsibility was to organize the Inland Valley Environmental Justice Student Summit. She also became interested in the development of a youth SALTA leadership curriculum.