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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.

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    • 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 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 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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