The Duncan & Cindy Campbell Foundation endows the Campbell Risk and Resilience Seminar Series in the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, at OSU. The endowment also supports a paid summer internship at Friends of the Children in Portland for a CPHHS graduate student. This organization provides one-on-one paid professional mentoring for at-risk children throughout their elementary and high school years. Some of the duties of the intern include conducting a telephone survey of over 155 program graduates, managing survey and evaluation data, and completing some data analysis.

 


Lindsey Poquette | 2017 Intern

What degree program were you enrolled in while at OSU?
MPH in Health Promotion and Health Behavior

When did you complete your degree?
Anticipated graduation date June 2018

Where are you employed or currently enrolled?
Currently enrolled at OSU completing the second year of my MPH

How did the internship experience influence/impact you?  
Working as an intern for Friends of the Children increased my desire to work in the field of health promotion, specifically with interventions focused on child and adolescent populations.  The work of the Friends of the Children organization is a great example of how early interventions can have lasting positive impacts on the lives of individuals.

 


Jessica Alonso | 2016 Intern

What degree program were you enrolled in while at OSU?
PhD in Human Development and Family Studies

When did you complete your degree?
Anticipated graduation is June 2020.

Where are you employed or currently enrolled?
I will be starting my second year in the PhD program at OSU and working on the Kindergarten Readiness Study.

How did the internship experience influence/impact you?  
Working at Friends of the Children allowed me to interact with the youth participants, the Friends (mentors), staff, and volunteers that work to make FOTC the success that it is today.  This has been an eye opening experience for me regarding the way that non-profit organizations function and also the passion expressed by the people who have devoted their lives to the betterment of these children.

I feel like this experience has really broadened my horizons and given me perspective on what my graduate research at Oregon State will be benefiting through children’s education. The passion, hard work, and dedication that motivate this organization are similar to the characteristics in an academic setting in several ways.  The people, while focused more on direct application and one-to-one interactions see a bigger picture for their youth and communities, develop ideas that are innovative, risky, and bold while remaining humble and positive in the face of daily circumstances.

 


Danielle A. Warner | 2014 Intern

What degree program were you enrolled in while at OSU?
Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS)

When did you complete your degree?
In progress

Where are you employed or currently enrolled?
Currently enrolled in the HDFS program at OSU

How did the internship experience influence/impact you?  
The ten weeks I spent at Friends of the Children helped me understand how an organization like this impacts the community and gave me a first-hand glimpse of how a non-profit is run. Because the program works to mentor youth and keep them in school, my experience there strengthened my existing interest in educational trajectories and outcomes for underprivileged youth. Interning at Friends of the Children also gave me the opportunity to network with individuals who shared my passions, and it helped me understand how my training at OSU can be used outside of academia.

 


Jill Hoxmeier | featured student | Hallie Ford CenterJill Hoxmeier | 2013 Intern

What degree program are you enrolled in while at OSU?
PhD in Public Health, focusing on Health Behavior and Promotion

When will you complete your degree?
Anticipated graduation is June 2015

Where are you employed or currently enrolled?
I will be starting my second year of the PhD program at OSU this fall and I also teach in the Public Health Department at Pacific University.

How did the internship experience influence/impact you?
Interning at Friends of the Children (FOTC) gave me great exposure to collaborative problem solving. I worked with various departments on several projects, specifically compiling research that demonstrates a need for expanding the FOTC's programs to work more with youth in the foster systems, and expanding the program to work with youth beyond 18 years old to promote positive post-secondary outcomes.

I was greatly influenced by this internship in that not only did it broaden my perspective on public health - as mentoring programs can do a great deal to promote health among vulnerable populations - but personally concreted my belief that a job is more than employment, it's a personal reflection of values. The people at FOTC lived the mission of the organization and coming into the office every day was pretty inspiring.

 


Natalie Teixeira | featured student | Hallie Ford CenterNatalie Teixeira | 2012 Intern

What degree program were you enrolled in while at OSU?
Masters of Public Health - Health Promotion & Health Behavior

When did you complete your degree? 
June 2013

Where are you employed or currently enrolled?
I am currently finishing up research-related work for Dr. Peggy Dolcini, Director of the Healthy Development for Youth and Young Adults core in the Hallie E. Ford Center, and Dr. Joseph Catania.

How did the internship experience influence/impact you?
My internship with Friends of the Children had a huge impact on me. Everyone at the organization was so kind, and the work they do is truly inspiring. The experience really opened my eyes to positive youth development and mentoring research, and provided me with opportunities to apply skills in a meaningful way. 

 


Andrea Bush| featured student | Hallie Ford CenterAndrea Brush | 2011 Intern

What degree program were you enrolled in while at OSU?
Masters of Public Health -  International Health

When did you complete your degree? 
March 2012

Where are you employed or currently enrolled?
Benton County Health Department, Development Disabilities Program

How did the internship experience influence/impact you?
Friends of the Children is a really phenomenal organization. They have three very simple goals and achieve amazing results reaching those goals. Educational success, avoiding the justice system, and avoiding teen parenting should be three things that every child strives for. The success rates that Friends of the Children has seen reaching those goals for the kids is solid proof that mentoring shapes a child's life.

My time at Friends of the Children was instrumental in shaping the way I view mentoring, and influencing the most vulnerable children in our communities. I learned a great deal about the city of Portland and its surrounding areas and how the education system affects nearly every aspect of a child's life.

 


Senna Towner| featured student | Hallie Ford CenterSenna Towner | 2008 Intern

What degree program were you enrolled in while at OSU?
PhD in Public Health

When did you complete your degree? 
June 2013

Where are you employed or currently enrolled?
Oregon State University

How did the internship experience influence/impact you?
I am committed to working with underprivileged youth and their families. Part of this work includes exploring avenues for youth to attain health and wellness. Interning at Friends of the Children showed me that it is possible for underprivileged and vulnerable youth to thrive when they have support from the community. In this way, the internship experience provided me with a reminder to stay positive and encouraged in my work.