Interesting and productive
Intern (Former Employee) – Brooklyn, NY – April 22, 2015
My learning objectives involved learning the operating structure of a community-based organization (i.e., CAMBA) and its relationship with the Department of Health (DOH), which includes regarding issues affecting the community: how field work and documentation of outreach efforts comply with the DOH’s requirements, learning how to execute and evaluate community outreach programs and social marketing regarding the prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, and how to identify community needs, organize data entry, administer surveys, and improve skills in data evaluation and data analysis.
One of the interesting experiences I had during my internship was attendance at a local community World AIDS day event. At the event I was able to network with other members at CAMBA’s other branches. I also was introduced to other types of clients that CAMBA serves. It was a transformative experience for me to witness such a huge gathering of individuals with various mental and physical disabilities and financial hardships and to realize the great extent of the needs of communities. I learned that the services that community-based organizations like CAMBA provide, maintains the community’s survival and has a profound impact on the community’s physical and psychological well-being.