Savannah Williams

Name: Savannah Williams

Age: 19

Hometown: Asheville, NC

College: North Greenville University

Year in School: Senior

Major: Health Science

Favorite color: Red

Biggest fear: Being a disappointment to my family.

If you could go anywhere, where would you go? Italy

What are you doing at the foundation this summer?

I’m working on collecting data, creating a set of community indicators, and researching how other foundations have successfully helped to restore their communities.

In what ways has this job surprised you thus far?

I think what surprised me the most is how much work I’m getting to do here. To be honest, I had half expected my whole time here to be filled with little tasks like stuffing envelopes or answering the phone. Instead, I’m getting to perform research that is actually going to be used in the community engagement process.

What is your favorite part of working for the J. Marion Sims Foundation?

My favorite part is how open and inviting the foundation is. The staff, as well as the other interns, are so friendly and sincere which really makes a difference in the overall feel of the workplace.

What do you plan to do after college, and in what ways do you think this internship will help you towards that goal?

Right now my plan is to get my MPH and then work as a community health specialist. Somewhere down the road I might go back and get my doctorate, but that part is still a little uncertain. I’m hoping that my time here will help me to gain more experience in how best to interact with a community, in addition to giving me a small look into what a job as a community health specialist would be like.

What words of advice do you have for future interns?

Speak up and don’t be afraid to voice your opinion or ask questions. This whole internship is a great learning experience that will help you see what working life is like after you graduate, so try to get the most out of it that you can.

What is your favorite quote?

“What if I fall?” “Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?”

Erin Hanson