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Saying Farewell To Our Spring Interns

May is here and amid the hustle and bustle of spring, the art auction and our appeal to send a container to India - it is important to pause for a moment and say farewell and good luck to our five interns!

We will be posting interviews with each of them as they look back on their time here - but for now here is a look back on what they said when they arrived!

My name is Adrienne and I just finished a double major in Chemistry and Medical Biology at St. Joseph's College of Maine. I've lived in Maine all my life and I want to stay here for the rest of it! I'm taking a few years between college and medical school to work and volunteer, I'll be applying to the peace corps in a couple years. I hope to eventually be a neonatologist, and to work in places in Maine where there is a lack of healthcare. It's important to me that everyone has easy access to affordable healthcare. I love reading, writing, and music; I also dabble in photography, and my love of sweets is only matched by my love of the outdoors. My favorite place to volunteer has been at Partners for World Health, and I'm extremely excited for the opportunity to be an intern here!

My name is Azalea Buch, and I am a senior at the University of Southern Maine pursuing a double major in Economics and Political Science with concentrations in international relations. I was born and raised in San Diego, California, and decided to move to Maine almost four years ago! I am incredibly grateful for my studies and how they have helped shape the way I view and comprehend current global issues. Following my graduation from the University of Southern Maine, I intend to further my education and pursue a master's degree in International Development and International relations. My dream is to become a diplomat to enact sustainable global change through fair international relations. I enjoy traveling the world (bucket list item one: visit all seven continents), volunteering, road trips, and learning languages! I am ecstatic to interning with PWH this spring!

My name is Danielle Jewell, Dani for short. I am a part of the UNE Class of 2023 Nursing Program. I am originally from Dover, NH where I have lived my whole life aside from my time living on campus in Biddeford and also one semester abroad in Seville, Spain. I currently work as a personal care assistant (PCA) for elderly patients with dementia in an assisted living facility in my hometown. Aside from being passionate about fighting global health inequalities, in my free time I love organizing blood drives, hiking, and traveling. Though I’m rather uncoordinated, I also enjoy partaking in yoga on the beach. My dream is to be a travel nurse one day. I am very excited about the opportunities this internship at PWH holds and how much it will help me pursue my future career.

My name is Safa Al kinani and I'm a rising senior at Saint Joseph's College. I grew up in Baghdad, Iraq, and have lived in Maine for the past seven years. I'm currently studying pre-medicine in preparation for a Public Health Masters. I aspire to work in the global health field and practice global health education in third-world countries. I love driving and cooking and I enjoy interior design. I strongly believe that being an intern at PWH will give me the insight I need to prepare myself for my next academic journey, as well as my future career in the health field and I'm extremely excited about this experience.

My name is Talena Huff and I am a Junior at Saint Joseph's College studying Social Work with a minor in Criminal Justice. I currently work as a CNA in the Intensive Care Unit at Maine Medical Center and have for nearly two years now. I hope one day to continue my work in the hospital setting or further it into the area of rehabilitation services for the criminal justice system. With virtual learning being a new and challenging thing, I've had my sidekicks Shrek and Fiona (my pit bulls) who have kept me company and have made the transition a little easier. I'm very excited to combine my knowledge from my job at the hospital, and what I am learning in my Social Work classes with this internship at PWH!

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