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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!

  • judysellner 3:13 pm on July 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Off to Colombia! 

    I’m leaving the States again this weekend, this time for Colombia.   I will be there for all of next week.

    I’m mostly staying in the capital city of Bogota where my organization, the Pan American Development Foundation has an office.

    I will be filming several projects in Colombia, but the main one is conducting a video interview of one of the 2010 recipients of PADF’s Heroes of the Hemisphere awards.  The Colombian “hero” works to preserve the indigenous Guambiano people of Misak by initiating profitable economic development projects.  Misak is considered to be a fairly dangerous place in the country because of the illegal drug trafficking in the area.  I actually had to get a security clearance from the country office before leaving.  I’m traveling with my supervisor this time (I went to the Dominican Republic alone), so that makes me feel a little bit better!

  • judysellner 5:27 pm on June 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Off to the Dominican Republic! 

    I am leaving tonight for the Dominican Republic to shoot video for the Pan American Development Foundation.  I will be flying into the capital city, Santo Domingo, and driving to Las Matas de Farfan, where I will be interviewing this year’s honoree for the Heroes of the Hemisphere awards event.  I’ll be bringing my Canon Vixia HV40 HD camcorder with a shotgun microphone.

    The honoree, Amarilis Castillo, works to improve conditions at the border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.  The border is one of the most challenging areas in the country, particularly after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.  Castillo created a network of civil society organizations called Nuestra Frontera (“Our Border”) to combat poverty in borderlands.

    I’ll be back in the States next Monday!

  • mary714 4:02 pm on May 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    First week…. 


    My name is Mary Cameron.  I am currently a grad student at American University, earning a Master’s in Art History.  This summer I am interning at the National Building Museum, in the education department.

    My first week at the National Building Museum (NMB) was all about getting acquainted with my new work environment.  My supervisor Jamee Telford met me on my first day.  She took me around the education department, introducing me to my co-workers.  I got a docent led tour of the museum.  I learned that the building originally served as the Pension office for the federal government.  It was designed by General Montgomery C. Meigs and completed in 1887.  The design is modeled on the Farnese Palace in Rome, with a large atrium surrounded by an arcade.  Wrapping around the exterior of the building is a frieze, sculpted by Caspar Buberl,  depicting scenes from the Civil War.   Meigs designed the building with its visitors’ in mind.  He made the steps very shallow so injured veterans, visiting the Pension bureau to claim their payments, could easily navigate the stairs.  Meigs also carefully designed the building to allow for a strong air flow, integral to keeping the building cool in pre-air conditioning days.  Meigs chose to use brick as his construction material, as it was the cheapest option available.  The columns of the interior arcades are made of cast iron.  Meigs utilized them as time capsules, placing newspaper clippings inside.  Recently the NBM drilled a hole in one of the columns and used a camera to see the contents.

    One of my main tasks this week was to begin researching the neighborhoods that Investigating Where We Live will be examining.  These are Petworth, Trinidad, and the South West Waterfront.  Whenever I had down time throughout the week I worked on my research.  I mainly focused on Petworth.  Petworth is located in North East Washington.  This is an exciting time for Petworth, as it is undergoing a period of revitalization.  Much investment is coming into the neighborhood, allowing new shops and restaurants to open.  Many residents are drawn to the neighborhood due to reasonably priced real houses with yards that can be renovated.

    On Wednesday I observed the City by Design education program.  In this program, school groups are introduced to ideas of urban planning, and work to design their own cities.  The students learned that cities typically consist of residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, and entertainment buildings.  In addition, parks further add to quality of life.  They were then assigned to these different categories, and made a building that fit into these descriptions using recycled materials.  For example,  I helped a student who was assigned industrial make an airport out of a box and paper towel rolls.  After the students made their buildings they placed them on a large floor map in a way they thought would be pleasant for residents.

    On Thursday and Friday I helped with the City Vision education program, which was wrapping up this week.   City Vision is a semester long program where D.C. public school students design plans for undeveloped areas of Washington, DC.  The students come to the NBM once a week to develop their ideas.  I helped with a group that designed a plan for the Navy Yard area.  On Thursday I helped them build a model.  They used Styrofoam covered with construction paper to represent buildings and placed them on a posterboard that served as a base.  I enjoyed working with the students and hearing their ideas.  It made me excited for when the Investigating Where We Live students get here.  I was greatly impressed with their design.  The students decided that the waterfront should be turned into an entertainment area for people to enjoy.  Currently the waterfront mainly consists of office buildings, so the students decided they should design a space that could be enjoyed by people after work or on the weekends.  The students placed a boardwalk next to the water.  Restaurants lined the area boardwalk.  Their plan also included parks, a movie theatre, and a recreation center.  On Friday I helped the students work on their final presentations.  At the end of the semester students present their designs to a panel of judges.  This is a great opportunity for the students, as it gives them public speaking experience.  I helped the kids organize their presentation and come up with what they wanted to say.  I also helped set up for the event.  I helped the education department set up a stage and chairs in the atrium, and I helped put out food.  It was a great first week, and I’m so glad I will be here for the summer!

  • Emily Whelden 2:20 pm on January 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    What’s Up? 

    My name is Emily Whelden and I’m a first semester senior here at AU.  I’m majoring in Political Science with a concentration in public policy, and I’m minoring in Finance.  Right now I’m working at Mobilize.org as a Program Associate working on their upcoming Democracy 2.0 Awards Summit: Beyond the Welcome Home.

    • FB 7:34 pm on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Can you explain a little more about what Mobilize.org does and how you got the internship?

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