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  • ellen 2:52 am on November 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Saying Goodbye 

    Today was the last day of my internship. It was a bittersweet day for me. I am legitimately sad to end my internship since I have been at PHA since May and have come to feel almost like a staff member. I’ve worked on almost every project in the Advocacy and Awareness department and I’m proud of my work. I’ve learned so much and done so much. I’m worried I won’t  find a job that is as meaningful as my work at PHA.

    On the other hand, my ego loved all the goodbye praise. Perhaps the best praise I could  get was hearing my supervisor say in the staff meeting that she felt like she was losing a staff member, not an intern. Thank you to PHA for a fantastic internship.

    • lara 9:35 pm on November 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      you know it was a great internship when you have a hard time saying goodbye! sounds like you were quite a valued member of the PHA team. onward to the next experience!

  • ellen 1:12 am on November 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Looking Forward 

    This week is my last week, and it will be very eventful–literally. We are hosting a big event on Capitol Hill to advocate for legislation that supports research on Pulmonary Hypertension. For the past two and a half months or so, I’ve been working on organizing this event, and I’m excited (and nervous) to finally experience it!

    At the same time, I’m sad that this event will be the end of my internship at PHA. I’ve done a lot of reflecting on how my experience at PHA has shaped my plans post graduation.

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  • ellen 11:53 pm on November 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Creative Solutions 

    One of the most frustrating parts of my internship was getting pulled onto an ongoing project. I was in charge of soliciting and collecting letters from constituents. However, as I even though I went through all the traditional steps of advertising and marketing the campaign to collect letters, I wasn’t receiving any letters. It’s frustrating to work for a long time on a project and see it go no where.

    In stead of just pushing the project aside, I met with my supervisor and we brainstormed ideas to make the campaign more accessible to constituents. We changed our angle and decided to reach out to individuals, to bring a story into the campaign. As soon as we changed our angle, I started to see involvement in the campaign grow. Moreover, I’ve seen the interest level of the individuals I’ve started working with on this campaign grow.

    I think the experience of being able to have the room to imagine and execute creative solutions for challenges is going highly helpful as I transition from a student intern to a real person. AKA a professional something. Plus, the satisfaction of finally getting the campaign moving is great.

  • ellen 8:06 pm on October 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Getting Ready for Congress 

    Since the start of the semester, my priority to coordinate invitations for the Congressional Luncheon. Every year PHA hosts a lunch on Capitol Hill to bring patients, caregivers, and medical professionals to Congress to teach Representatives about PH and the PH Research Act.

    Out of all the projects I’ve worked on this one feels the most real and it is definitely the most intense. And the most frightening. That’s probably because I have more responsibility for this project then for other projects. (More …)

  • ellen 12:32 am on October 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Classroom Application 

    Doing an internship for credit means writing paper where theories and concepts from the classroom are applied to the real world experience. For me, however, I have to get creative. American studies is not about non-profits or rare disease communities. Its about approaching American culture with a frame work that critically examines relationships between institutions and individuals, and between individuals and  of different social groups. Most American studies classes look at socially constructed groups like race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and nationality. Not disease.

    So how is this even an American Studies internship? (More …)

  • ellen 11:48 pm on October 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    I’ve always hated group projects in classes. I’ve always hated when professors justify group work by saying something like, “In the real world, you have to work in teams. So get used to it.” I hate group work for classes because the work rarely gets done as a group. It’s done individually and it’s thrown together the night before the presentation.

    At PHA, I’ve gotten a glance at the inevitable “real world team work” professors have prepared me for. And there’s a huge difference (thank goodness!).

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  • ellen 11:32 pm on October 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Sign, Sealed, Delivered 

    A large part of my job at PHA is making sure large mailings advertising for events get out on time. Luckily, my job is not limited to simply stuffing and sealing envelopes. I have the opportunity to update and create advertising materials, which allows me to be creative. I love giving flyers, invitations and guidebooks fresh new looks.

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  • ellen 5:45 pm on October 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Feeling the Crunch 

    I started my internship in May, and worked at the PHA office four days a week over the summer. When I started I thought four days was way too much and that I would not have enough work. I was wrong, happily. My supervisor, Katie, always has projects for me to work on, and I’m lucky enough that Katie listens to my ideas and lets me initiate my own projects.

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  • ellen 5:07 pm on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Actually Making a Difference 

    I’m doing what I honestly thought was impossible… helping to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals. For me, the grand idea of “making a difference” was so overwhelming, that up until my involvement with PHA, I really didn’t know how it was even possible to make a difference. My work on grassroots projects has shown me that small things can make lead to positive change in an individual’s life… and that is incredibly satisfying.

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  • ellen 4:41 pm on October 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Pulmonary Hypertension–Whaaat? 

    My name is Ellen and I intern at Pulmonary Hypertension Association. I am a senior majoring in American studies and psychology… so most people want to know why I am interning a niche non-profit serving the pulmonary hypertension community. In all good time, I will explain why PHA is the perfect place for me to intern.

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    • Diane Ramirez 7:32 pm on October 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Ellen, Thank you for working with PHA.I am a long term survivor(PH for 23 years).I am also very involved with advocacy and awareness.Why have we not spoken to each other ? Welcome to our PHamily (((hugs)))

    • ellen 6:52 pm on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Diane! I believe we’ve worked together on the District Visit calls way back in June and July. Thanks for the welcome! I love the PHamily!

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