New Orleans Featured Intern: Nishat Islam

Posted on September 13, 2013. Filed under: Career, College, Featured Intern, Internship, Michigan State University, Personal Growth | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Here is another installment of the featured intern series. This one highlights Michigan State University’s New Orleans study and internship program.  Meet Nishat! Below is a photo of Nishat with some of the beads she collected while in New Orleans.


Name:  Nishat Islam

Major: IDS – Health and Society

Graduation Date: May 2013

Internship Placement: Tulane University Community Health Clinic

Internship Location: New Orleans 


How did you learn about MSU’s Study and Internship programs and why did you choose to apply?

 I learned about the MSU’s Study and Internship programs by complete accident.  I was browsing for classes on MSU Scheduler and saw that some classes were offered in other countries, particularly one in Bangladesh.  Although that one didn’t work out, I was really interested in having a new experience in another place other than MSU campus. 

What were your primary responsibilities at your internship? 

I became the manager of the Computer Literacy program at the TUCHC.  I managed our client list, matched teachers with students, taught students of my own how to use computers, and rewrote the entire computer curriculum. 

What was your favorite thing about working / living in New Orleans?  

My favorite thing about living in New Orleans was the warm and open environment.  Everyone is so friendly and helpful and it just felt like anything and everything could happen.  There were just SO many opportunities waiting to happen. 

How has your internship experience impacted your academic and/or career plans?

Being closer to the target groups that I want to work with was amazing.  It has only reconfirmed my dreams of helping populations who need help accessing equal healthcare. 

Tell us one amazing or surprising highlight of your internship.  Are there any “AHA” moments?

 I think one the things that never failed to surprise me was how caring and open people can be.  Every day, everyone worked together to make lives of others better and it just made them happy to make others happy.  I loved it and I was surprised how addicting it could be to hear a laugh in relief or a smile when you help someone out.

If you were speaking to an MSU student who was thinking about applying to an internship program, what would you say to convince them?

I would tell them that the experiences you have during your internship programs are definitely not the same ones you would have on campus.  It will change you and open you up to new experiences you never would have thought to try before and you will be SO glad for it!  Never be afraid of change and embrace it.


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