Named Internship Profile Summary - Laura McCulloch (Class of 1964)


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Named Internship Profile Summary - Laura McCulloch (Class of 1964)

  1. 1. Laura McCulloch ’15 graduated from Durban Girls’ College in Durban, South Africa. While at Durban Girls’ College, she won the National Science Olympiad, and received the prize for the best all-rounded junior. She has been on the South African Swimming Team and the South African Surf-Lifesaving team. She was also a member of her State (Kwa-Zulu Natal) Team for swimming, track and field, cross-country, and lifesaving. At Dartmouth, Laura plans to double major in sociology and geography modified with global health. She is a member of the Dartmouth Swimming and Diving Team. She serves as an EDPA (Eating Disorders Peer Advisor), is an editor for Standpoints Magazine, and is a member of the Dartmouth Coalition for Global Health. After graduating, Laura hopes to receive an MD/MPH degree, and work in the field of public health. Laura was funded by the Rockefeller Center for a Spring 2014 Internship, with generous support from the Class of 1964 Public Affairs Internship Fund. Executive Summary from Laura’s final report: New America Foundation is a nonprofit and nonpartisan think tank that is dedicated to the renewal of American politics, prosperity, and purpose. It is a vibrant intellectual community, with a wide variety of public policy programs. I worked directly under Rear Admiral (ret.) Susan Blumenthal who served for more than 20 years in senior health leadership positions in the federal government in the Administrations of four U.S. Presidents and as U.S. Assistant Surgeon General, the first Deputy Assistant Secretary of Women's Health, and as Senior Global Health Advisor in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. During my internship I assisted Dr. Blumenthal with various global health issues and public health policy initiatives. My main focus areas included: National health policy and reform implementation under the Affordable Care Act of 2010, women’s health, the application of health information technology, health disparities, disease prevention, obesity prevention, [CLASS OF 1964 PUBLIC AFFAIRS INTERNSHIP FUND PUBLIC POLICY INTERN PROFILE] “My internship has grown my confidence and professional network more than I could’ve imagined; and I have learned lessons and skills that I can apply to my classes and will use in my future career.”
  2. 2. food insecurity, mental health, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as Food Stamps) policy, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis. My duties included doing research, helping to write speeches and create presentations, writing grant proposals, company proposals, blog articles, Huffington Post articles, reports and memos, attending briefings and conferences, maintaining Twitter/ Facebook feeds, and maintaining the website. My internship has confirmed and directed my career path. I loved every day of my internship and can definitely see myself pursuing a career in global health and public health policy. Prior to completing my internship, I was unaware about how much I would enjoy public health policy; as a result of this internship, I have decided to pursue a minor in public policy at Dartmouth. The knowledge and experience that I have gained is invaluable, and I can confidently say that I will use the skills and knowledge that I have learned every day for the rest of my life. My internship has grown my confidence and professional network more than I could have imagined, and I have learned lessons and skills that I can apply to my classes and will use in my future career. It is impossible to describe all the experiences, knowledge, personal growth, and enjoyment that this internship has provided me with. However, this life-changing experience would not have been possible were it not for the generous grant from the Class of 1964 and the Rockefeller Center. I am extremely grateful. Laura McCulloch '16 at a demonstration for the New America Foundation.2