Christina Le is a rising senior at Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, majoring in public health. Christina was interested in a summer internship that would provide her with the opportunity to apply what she learned in Dr. Jane Miller’s “Research Methods” and to study topics of interest, specifically those related to health; Project L/EARN was the perfect fit. Additionally, she viewed a background in research as a useful tool to have for any career, but especially important for public health law. She plans to attend graduate school for a MPH, and eventually law school as well to become a public health lawyer. Becoming a Project L/EARN intern has made Christina want to bridge the gap between research and policy, helping to eliminate health disparities and work on policies, regulations, and laws to protect and improve the health of the population.
This summer, Christina worked with Dr. Dorothy Gaboda. Her project focused on the effect of nativity distinction on the health status of non-elderly adults. Christina says she worked enjoying with Dr. Gaboda because she was always understanding of the difficulty of the program and set realistic goals for her in accordance with other demands.
Christina credits the program with making her feel prepared for graduate school work. Project L/EARN has also allowed her to work on her time management skills and step outside of her comfort zone as a student. Guest lecturers and the AcademyHealth conference in general have expanded her areas of interest and provided her with insight of what a health-related career entails.