Bennett students interning with Health DepartmentStaff reports / December 15, 2023
Bennett College students Samiya Green and Na’Kiya Thompson both accepted internships with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) as part of the department’s Historically Black Colleges and Minority Serving Institutions (HBCUs/MSIs) Internship Program. This paid internship is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act Public Health Workforce Development Initiative.
“Training the next generation of health and human service leaders is an investment in the future health and well-being of all North Carolinians,” said NCDHHS Secretary Kody H. Kinsley. “Building a strong and inclusive workforce is one of our top priorities, and these emerging public servants enhance our team’s ability now and in the future.”
Green will be working in Public Health/ Epidemiology/ Communicable Disease and Thompson will be working with Division of Public Health, Local & Community Support. The 10-week internship will include work in an assigned project area, weekly seminars, presentation practice and an immersion event at the end of the internship experience.
“We are excited to be hosting our fourth cohort of interns – now totaling more than 100 since the program began in the summer of 2022,” said Angela Bryant, NCDHHS’ Assistant Secretary in NCDHHS’ Health Equity Portfolio. “This program provides these students firsthand experience working alongside public health and human services professionals, helping them to make a positive impact on the lives of the people we serve.”