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Internship Spotlight Q&A: Shelby Brendle

Shelby Brendle

Shelby Brendle, a double major in Public Health and Health Studies with a minor in business, recently completed an internship with the Idaho Caregivers Alliance (ICA). Here’s what she had to say about the experience!

What were some of your projects or responsibilities?

Analyzing data collected from ICA members and creating visuals such as graphs, cross tabulations and tables.

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of the internship was the overall knowledge and experience I gained. I enjoyed becoming more familiar with different data-analysis software systems and expanding my network before I graduate.

What are you most proud of during your experience?

I’m most proud of being able to do things independently and being allowed to not only show off my abilities but also to become more confident in my skills.

What tip(s) do you have for students who are applying for or completing internships?

One tip I suggest is to apply or reach out even if you’re scared you can’t do it or feel it will be too complicated. From this internship and past ones I know that the company won’t bring you on if they don’t think you’re capable. With every job, internship, and volunteer work they always train you and don’t just expect you to know everything.

How did you get this internship?

One of my internships I did through the school but this recent one I reached out to a professor in a field I’m interested in and asked if they knew of any jobs or internships available. They then sent out an email to possible people she thought would be a good fit. This was another great networking opportunity.