Student careers improve through internships

Some Boise State students have an advantage in getting a job after their internship that is offered related to their major.  The Health Sciences department offers internships in the Health Education Promotion (HEP).  HEP allows students to help educate people about health related problems find a solution such as obesity, or what causes cancer in some environments.

Two interns in HEP are now working in the place where they interned.  Matt Walker, a student at Boise State, is inspired and encouraged about working when he graduates with a HEP degree.

Walker is involved in one of the internships with the Boise State campus in the HEP emphasis.

“What I like about this program is that I can take all my experience and interest in the internship program that can get me a job when I graduate,” Walker said. “My background is in science, but I like teaching wellness.  My internship on campus is to educate students in wellness on the knowledge of how their sleep is affected and how to maximize their sleeping habits.  One of the things I do is explain to students that drinking coffee after a certain time in the day and the amounts they drink can affect their sleep.”

In addition, Walker lets students know that their computer screens affect their sleep because of the type of light that it generates that tells the brain it is still daylight that keeps them awake longer.

Grigsby is now working in the same capacity at St. Luke’s as when she started her internship.  By her internship there, Grigsby was able to be hired one month before graduation at St. Luke’s by successfully implementing a Heath Promotion activity.  St. Luke’s hired her full-time to do a job similar to her internship, which could only have been tested through the internship.

“They saw the value in what I was doing by the results that I learned from our research classes at Boise State,” Grigsby said.  ”I was able to network with people I worked with at St. Luke’s.  I was offered this job in HEP which didn’t exist here before my internship.”  The internship was funded by a grant, but when she got hired and the grant money ran out, they felt that her program was good enough for St. Luke’s to extend employment to her.

Alicia Anderson who works at the Food Bank of Idaho also transitioned from her internship to a job upon graduation from Boise State.

“As an HEP major our goal is to educate, empower, and build sustainable positive life changes for individuals or groups,” Anderson said. “I felt that there could not have been a better fit for me in my last semester of school.”

As a HEP major at Boise State, Anderson became an intern for the Idaho Food bank in January 2013. As an intern she had the opportunity to work with the Cooking Matters Program. This program is a part of the national No Kid Hungry campaign working to end childhood hunger in America along with Share Our Strength and The Idaho Food Bank.

“When Alicia first came to help out at the Food Bank, the job position that she has now was not even created,” said Jackie Yarbrough, program director  at the Idaho Food Bank. “But, by getting to know what Alicia could contribute to our non-profit company, we offered her a job in research.  We appreciate working with students at Boise State and have worked with a lot of juniors over this past summer in a voluntary capacity.”

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Staff Writer, and full-time student Boise State, last semester for a BS. of General Studies, from the Social Science and Public Affairs Department. Currently in the Graduate Conflict Management program.