Internship fair brings community organizations to campus

October 25, 2012 8:30 AM

Alicia Duplessis Jasmin

Sarah Edwards has plans to become a doctor. To reach her career goals, she has turned to the Center for Public Service’s internship program to gain experience and put her Spanish-speaking skills to use.

Sarah Edwards

For her internship at at the New Orleans Faith Health Alliance, Sarah Edwards makes sure patient information doesn't get lost in translation. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

As a Spanish and premedicine major at Tulane University, Edwards is helping the medical staff at the New Orleans Faith Health Alliance by translating communication between Spanish-speaking patients and the alliance’s nursing staff. The alliance is a nonprofit organization that provides affordable primary care to uninsured workers and their families.

Edwards is one of many students participating in the CPS internship program, which will host an internship fair on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 5:30–7 p.m. in the Qatar Ballroom of the Lavin-Bernick Center.

“This internship was the perfect fusion of my major and career goals,” says Edwards. “Although I’ll have completed the 60 hours required by the internship program this semester, I’m hoping to continuing working with the alliance next semester.”

Myriam Huet, CPS internship program coordinator and Edwards’ internship seminar instructor, has asked students to complete projects to help community organizations and future interns, based on their experiences. Mindful of the language barrier between Hispanic patients and nursing staff, Edwards is developing a glossary of translations for commonly used phrases, such as “please fill out this form” and “your appointment costs $25.”

For more information about the internship program, send an email to Myriam Huet. Registration for the fair can be completed here.

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