CIRP Co-Op Student and CChIPS Intern (2017-2018)
"During 2017, the junior year of my undergraduate program, I interned at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) through Drexel University's Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program. I assisted Dr. Catherine McDonald on the Web-Based Intervention to Prevent Risky Driving project as well as on other teen driving safety studies. My primary responsibilities included coding study data, conducting Simulated Driving Assessments (SDAs) with adolescent participants, and updating standard operating procedures.
In January 2018, I started an internship with the Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS) at which I continued to deepen my interest in injury prevention research. In collaboration with the CChIPS leadership team, I helped in executing Center operations, such as meetings, webinars, and reports.
From these experiences, I have developed instrumental research and communication skills. These positions presented me the resources to network with professionals in various disciplines to further explore my interests. I had come into the training program feeling very unsure about my career plans. However, this opportunity provided me with the mentoring I needed to feel confident that I would like to continue working in research. CIRP's interdisciplinary approach to translational research aligned well with my values and greatly supplemented my coursework as an undergraduate Public Health student.
I am exceptionally appreciative of Dr. Catherine McDonald and the entire CChIPS leadership team, with whom I had the great pleasure of working and growing. These mentors' congeniality and professionalism are why I look forward to continuing working at CIRP in the Outreach and Advocacy Team in September 2018. Seeing the sincere dedication and passion these professionals pour into injury research and prevention is admirable. I am proud to work alongside this great team."