Brad Rutter ’18 fulfills a lifelong dream through summer internship
There are summer internship opportunities for students of all interests. Brad Rutter ’18 spent his summer in South Dakota gaining experience in public health. He participated in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Scholars Program, helping disabled youth transition from dependence to independence by facilitating training sessions to use resources for better organization. Getting hands-on experience in a field he would like to eventually enter, Brad was especially excited to help young people with disabilities succeed while preparing for his own future in graduate school and a career. “Much of my summer was learning about the world of disability rights within the education and medical sector,” he says.
During his internship, he had the chance to shadow and interview over twenty different professionals in the field. He also had the opportunity to travel around eastern South Dakota with his site mentor, a grants coordinator at South Dakota Parent Connection, and experience her work. The internship gave him a new perspective on working in public health.
His favorite part was touring the Atlanta headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Going to visit the CDC has been a lifelong dream of mine and being able to tour part of the facility was more than I could ask for,” he says. He visited two of the top public health graduate programs in the country, at Emory University and Johns Hopkins University for the program’s orientation. After volunteering in youth education or public health for a year or two, Brad plans to seek further study toward a career path in this field.
As a Political Science major with a Biology minor, Brad is grateful for his Carthage education. “Between self-studying and the exposure of a liberal arts education, I felt that I knew just as much as my peers in the program, because while they knew more about public health theory and practice, I knew more about a wide variety of topics,” he says. This internship was the next step he needed on his path toward a future as a public health professional.