Yazmin – Universidad UNILÍDER

Public Policy Associate

Internships give you the opportunity to grow as a person and also as a professional. As an exchange student from Mexico, working with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention was a very pleasant experience. Being a Public Policy Associate this spring taught me a lot of things and provided me with many new experiences.

Washington, D.C. can be a scary and overwhelming place but it is the perfect city to meet new people and get to know yourself, and exactly what you want to do. My goal is to be an expert and help people who are suffering from eating disorders and I had the opportunity to meet with someone who was a very helpful resource and guided me onto trying to figure out how to start a professional career in this field, all thanks to John. Also, suicide is related to eating disorders in many ways, which made my experience even better at AFSP because I learned new ways to advocate and raise awareness. As a psychologist, this is extremely helpful and valuable.

I also had the opportunity to strengthen my research and writing skills. I have always known that doing research is one of my favorite things to do, especially when it comes to things that I enjoy learning more about. At AFSP I had the opportunity to do both. John and the rest of the team would encourage me to go hearings and different events, and then I would have to write a report about it. This helped very much.

Overall, was very helpful and I am very thankful and grateful for this experience. John, Nicole, Chelsey, Taylor and Connor were always nice and understanding and always made sure to give me a hand when I needed it.