My career goal is to work for non-profit organizations like World Health Organization or Results for Development, focusing on environmental change and human health.
My summer internship was in environmental-related research at the Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital in the Shunyi District in Beijing, China. My responsibilities and achievements included:
This summer internship provided me a wonderful chance to apply the programming and statistics analysis skills that I learned to deal with real world public health related data. Additionally in this internship, I learned how to communicate professionally and effectively with patients. I realized how important it is for a biostatistician to communicate with people. Furthermore, this internship reinforced my team work abilities. I collaborated with hospital colleagues in all aspects to get work done. In summary, this internship prepared me well to deal with real-world public health issues and chase my future career goals as a biostatistician.
I had an extremely pleasant time during my internship and I enjoyed every moment in the Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital. The best moment was when patients trusted me and agreed to participate in our air pollution monitoring project. We held recruitment activities in the class of pregnancy patients’ “pregnancy education” three times a week in the hospital. In the beginning, patients did not trust our team and were not willing to participate in our program. Under my supervisor’s lead, I learned how to communicate effectively with patients. Our team changed the recruitment slide show and recruitment strategy. Eventually, more and more patients trusted us and nodded their heads when we invited them to join the study.
Yale School of Public Health