Last fall, Andrea Anger, a senior majoring in public health at the University of South Florida, set her sights on securing an internship. She applied to local organizations, but ultimately decided “I may as well go big or go home!” That attitude adjustment led her to approach several well-known organizations referenced in her textbooks and paid off—big time!
In January, Anger relocated from Tampa to Gaithersburg, Maryland for a coveted internship with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Assigned to the Office of Communications, she monitors social and media outlets for SAMHSA references; joins the media team on conference calls with press at the National Institute of Health Sciences, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Food and Drug Administration, and other government agencies; schedules interviews between the press and SAMHSA personnel; and, compiles SAMHSA interviews and media hits for internal and external distribution.
The Tampa native has an agenda while in Maryland. In addition to supporting SAMHSA’s mission, “I hope to develop a professional and meticulous reputation that will lead to future employment opportunities.” Anger adds, “If I was privileged enough to be offered full time employment with SAMHSA, I would graciously accept the offer!”
“I am very grateful to be representing the USF College of Public Health at SAMHSA” said Anger. “I am doing what I love and I am putting my whole heart into this internship.“