Summer Intern: Good Luck, Rain!

If you are reading this, the summer has come to an end, and our awesome intern Rain is starting her junior year at Bucknell University! But before we get too ahead of ourselves, let’s rewind back to the beginning of the summer when Rain was joining our GPP team as a summer intern.

“Hi everyone! My name is Rain, and I will be interning at GPP this summer. I am very excited to dive right into prevention work. I am a junior at Bucknell University and am majoring in biochemistry. I plan on going to medical school and concentrating in a pain management specialty. I am from Pennsylvania and applied to be an intern through Shepard Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP). SHECP is an organization that encourages the study of poverty as a complex social problem; they do this by providing educational opportunities for college students. The GPP is tied into poverty work because people suffering from poverty are at a higher level for substance misuse.

Some things about me: I love going with my friends on weekend road trips to the beach, state parks, or anywhere we find something fun to do. Some things I do in my spare time include painting and baking. Whenever I can find some spare time to bake, I enjoy baking things such as cupcakes and cake. When it comes to painting I like to paint vases, small canvases, rocks, walls, or old glass bottles.

I have always been drawn to work that in some way can benefit those who either cannot or do not know how to help themselves. Growing up I watched family members fall victim to prescription drug misuse which turned into a downward spiral. I had been looking for a summer internship that involved substance misuse prevention or rehabilitation. Which is why I was so excited when I found out I was going to have the opportunity to work with GPP. It was exactly the type of organization I had hoped to work with! I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with the amazing staff at GPP this summer!”

Now let’s fast word to the present day to have Rain share about her experience with GPP and some of her future plans.

“Thank you to everyone on the team for being supportive and taking the time to share their skills and knowledge with me! I will carry the knowledge I learned here at GPP, as I continue on my career path. I am pursuing a career in medicine and hope to work in some aspect of pain management. I plan on going to medical school after receiving a bachelor of science in Biochemistry at Bucknell University!

I believe that working in substance prevention has given me a new insight into the world of substance misuse. This summer I learned how I can play a vital role in prevention not only as an undergraduate student but also as a doctor one day. I will always be grateful for the opportunity I had to work with the Georgia Prevention Project. Thank you to everyone for showing me how much you can learn from a remote internship!”

Thank you Rain! We enjoyed having such an awesome virtual intern. Thank you for your hard work and all that you did for the GPP team! Good luck on your future plans, and we hope to hear from you soon.

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