This semester I was given more of a leadership role on the intern team of Disaster Preparedness. My supervisor saw that I had developed more of an enthusiasm about sharing my ideas in the office during the development process and allowed me to lead the intern team in the implementation of a newly created Be Red Cross Ready-University program. Because of this experience, I was able to see hands on how my efforts were contributing to the greater good of the public as well as internally in the organization.
Going forward I am excited to take my leadership and program management skills I gained through this experience into the workforce. I believe that my experience in program management will not only be greatly advantageous to have on my resume, making me more marketable to employers, but will also help me in a future career because every company needs employees who are confident, willing to take on leadership roles, and know how to overcome obstacles to see through a project from beginning to end. I have found a new liking for Program Management, particularly in the health sector because of my time at Red Cross, and I believe that staying in this field and still volunteering at Red Cross will help me more concretely decide on a future career path. I am currently looking into graduate programs in both epidemiology and public health and taken a program development position at Hudson Simulation Services in Troy, New York.
Julie Parlato, American Red Cross, Internship Supervisor:
Because of Ms. Brisson’s work ethic and output at our organization, her leadership profile will be used as a standard for future interns. Throughout her service, I saw a great amount of growth in her professionalism. While I knew Meagan could complete the tasks when she was hired as an intern, I was unaware of what a strong asset she would become for the team. I would definitely consider her for a full-time position if one becomes available.