Being open and willing to go the extra mile can take you very far. Not even actually doing something all the time but being open to contribute more than what someone asks of you, is a great characteristic to have. I never really considered myself to be a “first one to arrive, last one to leave” type of person however considering the type of work I am doing my work is truly never done. Inevitably this has allowed me to develop closer relationships with not only my supervisor but also many other individuals in the office including the other fellows. Each of the fellows work on different assignments so from speaking with them throughout the day I am able to become very equipped on other aspects of the office that I am not focusing on. I now find it useful to ask more questions and processes and networks that I see other fellows and my supervisor using. Being granted the Dickinson grant has allowed me to have this wonderful experience but also has provide with a healthy environment to study for my LSAT exam. I am currently studying 4 days a week for 3 hrs a day for my exam. I also have integrated the “go the extra mile” mindset into my study habits to ensure I get am working to achieve a great test score. #DsonIntern
My name is Aliyah Walker and I am interning for the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Emergency Management. The office works to prepare the city of Philadelphia for emergencies, create public safety plans and assesses relevant incidents that involve the citizens of Philadelphia. Each of the interns along with myself are given the opportunity to work on special projects from preparing large city celebrations or preparing for natural disasters. My project allows me to be involved in a few different research opportunities from improving emergency planning for AFN (access and functional need individuals), improving emergency planning LEP (Limited English Proficiency individuals and working on the opioid crisis. These projects are all independent research which has allowed me to learn how to improve my thinking skills. In my second week I had the opportunity to sit on the Mayor’s Resilience Project. Several agencies spoke about improvements that have been made to reduce the danger caused by the opioid crisis and the plans to improve safeness for the future. This amazing opportunity allowed me to understand how the findings and observations of my research influence what is being done for the city.
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