Anice George had been a graduating Rutgers College senior majoring in Psychology during her internship. She had enjoyed working with children, and has had previous volunteer work with the Head Start program. She had also volunteered with the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) in the SPAN program, which provides support for at-risk families.
Anice had enjoyed the one-on-one interaction with the faculty of the Institute throughout the summer. She recalls how “The faculty members were always ready and willing to help whenever you needed it. They always looked out for our best interests.” She had collaborated with her faculty mentor, Dr. Stephen Hansell, on a project that analyzed the effects of managed psychiatric care on the inpatient stay of mentally ill children and adolescents. She has hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in either psychology or public health, and practice directly in the health field, a goal which she had only become more dedicated to over the duration of the program.
Anice also recalls working with other interns in the program, with whom she had become close to over the summer of their internships. She believes that those experiences helped to reinforce the application of statistics and research methods learned in the daily workshops. Overall, Anice is grateful for the Project L/EARN experience as she believes it is very beneficial for graduate school.