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Rachel: Public Health

Rachel Warner
Rachel Warner (Center) demonstrating healthy food habits for American Heart Association

Rachel Warner, a Public Health major with an emphasis in Health Promotions, interned at the American Heart Association in Washington DC. You can read about her time as an Advocacy intern here!


I assisted the advocacy department in researching health legislation and drafting letters to both community members and legislators, encouraging them to support legislation that would potentially decrease heart and stroke risk factors in the District of Columbia. The American Heart Association conducts events to improve the health of the community, such as cooking demonstrations, and my fellow interns and I were able to instruct community members on how to prepare a simple, healthy meal. I also helped with several fund-raising and awareness-raising events, including National Wear Red Day, Heart's Delight Wine Auction, and Heart Walk. My department worked very closely with the Department of Health, and we participated in meetings with other community health organizations. I was able to meet public health professionals from several community and national organizations.

What was the most useful thing you learned from your internship?

Honestly, the most useful thing I learned was how public health is involved in local government. I didn't realize how much non-governmental organizations impact legislator's decision-making.

Would you recommend this internship to other students? Why?

Absolutely. The American Heart Association tailors their internship program in a way that benefits participants almost as much as it benefits them. I feel like the training and experience I received from my supervisor was invaluable.

Anything else?

This internship was the most exciting experience of my life. I fell in love with the people at American Heart Association, but most of all I fell in love with Washington, D.C. The friends I made will be lifelong friends, and I would recommend Washington Seminar to anyone.

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