"Although I plan to pursue a career in academia, I don't want to confine my education or my work to an ivory tower."
I was a project support intern at the William D. Ruckelshaus Center from April through September 2016. The Ruckelshaus Center is a collaborative policy center jointly sponsored by WSU Extension and the UW Evans School of Public Affairs. Two project leads and I comprised the Snohomish Health District Situation Assessment team at the Center. Our job was to interview individuals with knowledge of or interest in public health in Snohomish County and report their perceptions and values around vision and mission, funding, organization, governance, and public engagement of the Snohomish Health District. I scheduled and assisted in conducting interviews with 73 people, participated in analyzing the interviews, and wrote a significant portion of the situation assessment report the team presented to the Health District Board of Health in September. I was also one of a likely very small number of people to have active @uw.edu and @wsu.edu email addresses at the same time! Click here to read the final report I worked on and here for more information about the Ruckelshaus Center. Scroll down to read my reflections on my time as a project support intern.