Weekly Updates

List of 4 items.

  • Maya Wasserman: May 9

    Now that I’m more than halfway done with my internship I have had some thoughts about the company I work at and the business world as a whole. These epiphanies can be categorised in three ways: Lights, Camera, Action.
     
    Lights:
    While it might seem like something so simple, the lights don't just turn on. You need someone to turn on the lights, you need someone to make sure the lights are in the right place, you need someone to make sure that everyone is where there supposed to be within the lights and you need someone to communicate all of this to everyone.
     
    While working for Sacks and WBC I have been the person who communicates to everyone what the other people are doing. I have also learned events don’t just happen there's a lot of work that goes into every aspect, even the lights.
     
    Camera:
    When you are being recorded you don’t know what you look like or how the person recording you sees you.
     
    While communicating with other people I still have to maintain composure. In the professional world people analyze everything you do and say so while on one hand I want to critique something on the the other hand I want to choose my battles.
     
    Action:
    One of the main parts of the job is the event planning and events. To prepare for events the word I would use is action. While sometimes we focus on one thing while preparing for an event and while you are at an event you just take action. There isn’t any time to think, you need to use your instincts. From the beginning of the internship to now I have been able to fine tune my skills and instincts.
     
  • Nina Robins: May 9

    The past few weeks of my internship at NYU's College of Global Public Health have been very busy, as the culmination of my time there is approaching. My ongoing project, to compile a presentation regarding several corporate determinants of public health, has required research into contemporary news, medical journals, and exhaustive summarizing. These actions, checkpointed by frequent compilations of reference pages, have seemed scattered and unrelated as I am focused on so many topics at once. However, my most recent tasks have helped my work become more cohesive; I have aggregated all my findings into a single presentation outline and streamlined the information. The objective of this final presentation is, using details and evidence from my news and research findings, to determine the existing state of information carryover between academia and the public regarding health. This outline, throughout the past few days, has become a colorful and digestible presentation, clearly outlining my work since February. I am excited to complete and present my research to my supervisors.
     
    In addition to this ongoing project, I have helped with other minor responsibilities around the GPH office. These have included fixing dead links, updating bibliographies, and even staffing, or organizing for, events planned by the college. I staffed registration for the GPH Planetary Health Forum, a high profile panel featuring several professionals in the field, and am currently compiling and organizing supplies for NYU graduation.

    I am grateful for the opportunities provided to me by NYU GPH and look forward to staying productive over the next week!
  • Update: Nina Robins, interning at NYU's College of Global Public Health

    Throughout the past month, I have interned at NYU's College of Global Public Health under the direction of Dean Cheryl Healton and her staff. Simply put, I serve as a research agent - I peruse through new research into public health epidemics and aggregate my findings into bibliographies and presentations to be used by the dean.
     
    Working at NYU GPH, though, is anything but simple. The intense work and entertaining moments, meshed together by a powerful community ambiance, have made my internship experience meaningful and memorable.
     
    One of the most arduous components of my internship is the commute from Short Hills to NOHO. I report to work Monday-Thursday at 9:30 AM, and because the wonders of NJ Transit, Port Authority, and the MTA transport me 18 miles in 90 minutes, I wake up at 6:50 every morning to catch my initial train. I tend to find this more difficult than the average person, and find myself falling asleep on the train and the PATH.
     
    Upon stopping by a Dunkin Donuts, checking into my office, and meeting with the Administrative Coordinator, though, I am alert and prepared to perform the day's project. Some are short term, such as compiling review articles about the relationship between obesity and cancer and creating a bibliography.
     
    Other projects are multifaceted and time consuming, as they cover a broad range of topics and require synthesis and writing skills. The main project in which I am currently engaged involves researching six public health epidemics: smoking, opioid abuse, alcohol abuse, climate change, fast food consumption, and firearms abuse. My task is to compile and summarize articles regarding these topics that have appeared in the news since 2016. Using the summaries, I code for words and phrases that are prevalent in the articles and vernacular regarding this epidemics. These words and phrases and their different permutations become my search terms for articles in public health and medical databases, which I then compile into their own bibliographies, sorted by category. With both the colloquial news and formal research information, I am currently compiling a master presentation with my findings and addressing disparities between the two camps of research.
     
    Working at a desk job in a cubicle is a fascinating experience in it of itself. I am very grateful that I am not performing grunt work or cleaning as an intern - rather, I am tasked with real assignments at a real desktop, just like the other adults in NYU GPH. The Administrative Coordinator has acquainted me with her office friends, giving me a few friendly and familiar faces among the other staff. The kitchen, stocked with a Keurig and other amenities, is conveniently located a few doors down from my cubicle.
     
    I feel that my internship at NYU GPH has granted me the unique opportunity to contribute to research and the public health professional field in general in a meaningful fashion, even before I graduate from high school. I am excited to complete my presentation and to contribute to even more projects in between now and May. In addition, I am looking forward to furthering my knowledge of New York City and transitioning into young adulthood in the city environment.
  • Update: Maya Wasserman, interning under Administrator Garth McKee at Sacks Communications

    This is my fourth week working for Sacks Communications. Sacks Communications’ mission is Creating Opportunities from Possibilities. That’s what they do for their clients every day as they work to provide communication solutions that build their business. One of their largest clients, and the one I spend the most time on, is the Women’s Builders Council (WBC), which helps women in the construction industry by providing legislative advocacy, new business development and professional development with a special focus on leadership. I work an 8-hour day on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
     
    My first week I filed papers. Essentially, I organized and filed every paper from 2006 until 2019. Tax returns, memos, position papers….to me, really boring stuff. Although everyone was nice to me, I felt like maybe they didn’t know my skills or that I’m worthy of something more; however, I knew that they were relying on me to file the many, many (many) piles of paper that were invading their workspace and I took it as a challenge: I finished it in the first 3-day week.
     
    My second week they gave me a more meaningful task: writing bios for WBC’s Advocacy Day. Since advocacy is my passion, this task was right up my alley! I also met with the President and CEO to talk about my goals for this internship.  I started to feel like maybe they did understand my skills that I was capable of more.
     
    My third week we were getting ready for our first event for their main client Women Builders Council (WBC). I made calls to the Board of Directors asking to make sure they were attending as well as the other attendees. I helped write, design and proof the program for the event. While doing that I started working on other longer-term projects with my supervisor and some of the other people in the office. I was starting to feel like part of the team.
     
    This past week was unusually busy, as the WBC event was in the middle of the week. On Tuesday, while keeping up with my daily tasks, I proofed and printed the name tags for the event. When I came in on Wednesday, I was tasked with calling the board members to remind them of the event.  Packaging all the materials we needed for the event and assembling the name badges took all day, and the event was after work hours.  It was fulfilling to greet the participants and see the final product of my work - women were networking and engaging with inspiring speakers.
     
    While these tasks might seem minute, they really signify something greater: trust. What these past few weeks have taught me is that in the professional world, you can’t just be elected or appointed to a position and expect your colleagues to trust you. You need to do the seemingly mundane tasks to show that you can handle simple directions. Gaining people’s respect and confidence in your work product by doing some of these seemingly simple tasks is fulfilling. I’m excited to go back to Sacks next week - we have an all-day conference and I know I will get great value from assisting in the planning as well as be a valuable resource to them. I am learning the professional world a little better, and I like it!
    • Maya Wasserman, interning under Administrator Garth McKee at Sacks Communications
      Maya Wasserman

      Maya Wasserman, interning under Administrator Garth McKee at Sacks Communications

    • Nina Robins, interning at NYU
      Nina Robins

      Nina Robins, interning at NYU's College of Global Public Health