World Pediatric Project’s robust internship program provides not only much-needed support for the organization, but creates experiences and opportunities for students and budding professionals to be part of this life-changing work.
Recently, Virginia Commonwealth University senior Taliah Jackson completed a semester-long internship in the Richmond, Virginia office. Here, she shares about her experience.
My past semester with WPP has been phenomenal! Everyone here has given me ample opportunities to learn and excel! I have been fortunate enough to participate in a special combined internship as a patient database and U.S. referrals intern. In this role, I’ve completed important data entry by transcribing and translating clinical notes and forms for many patients. I’ve helped facilitate meetings for WPP’s ongoing neonatal care training initiatives in the Eastern Caribbean region – an exceptional growing project of my particular great interest. Although I’ve enjoyed all aspects of my time at WPP, the highlight of my internship was meeting and interacting with Eli and Janet. Spending time with this special family was always something to look forward to! During our various outings, whether to the museum, doctor appointments or park, we grew close and shared lots of laughs, stories, and experiences with each other. It was not only about helping out when they needed me, but providing community and making them feel comfortable and at home during their time here in Richmond. Being there as a familiar face, or a warm smile with encouragement on the toughest of days made all of the difference. The environment at WPP is a familial one and I can’t thank each person I’ve encountered enough. The work that I have gotten to be a part of each day has been incredible and extremely fulfilling. I cannot wait to continue to watch WPP open doors and change the lives of these beautiful children and their families.
To learn more about WPP’s internship opportunities, please visit https://www.worldpediatricproject.org/ways-to-give/internships/.