The L.A. Trust 2016 Summer Interns

Name: Alejandra Sandoval
School: California State University, Northridge
Major: MPH, Community Health
Hometown: Reseda, CA
Area of internship focus: PCORI Research -Sexual Health
Hobbies: Spending time with loved ones, hiking (typical Californian), dancing
Favorite ice cream flavor: A combination of rainbow sorbet with butter pecan
Where you see yourself in 5 years: I will be more professionally mature and a part of a team trying to make a chance in communities that are underrepresented. I do not know what position I will have, as I am currently trying to get a little taste of everything to figure out where I best fit in this complex world of public health. I would like to work with adolescent youth, more specifically foster youth and helping their chances to succeed. Professionally, regardless of where I may be, I will be passionately kicking butt! My lovely boyfriend and I will just have returned from a nice trip to Machu Picchu 🙂

Name: Byanka Melgar
School: California State University, Northridge
Major: MPH, Community Health
Hometown: San Fernando, CA
Area of internship focus: HEAL Program
Hobbies: Hiking, running, playing sports (softball, flag football, volleyball, basketball)
Favorite ice cream flavor: Cookies and cream
Where you see yourself in 5 years: I hope to be working for a non-profit organization that focuses on adolescent and childhood health. Or I would be teaching a community college level as a health professor and continue coaching middle school students or coach at a collegiate level.

Name: Carly Halili
School: Boston University
Major: Film and Television
Hometown: Pasadena, CA
Area of internship focus: Communications
Hobbies: Trying new foods and learning about art and architectureFavorite ice cream flavor: Mint chip
Where you see yourself in 5 years: Hopefully on a studio set, on my way to winning an Emmy or an Oscar…or BOTH!

Name: Kevin Ngov
School: California State University, Los Angeles
Major: Public Health
Hometown: Alhambra, CA
Area of internship focus: Student Engagement
Hobbies: Reading, watching TV shows, going out with friends
Favorite ice cream: Rainbow sorbet
Where you see yourself in 5 years: Working as an epidemiologist with a department of public health; conducting research on stress-related health outcomes

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Name: Leticia Castillo Jenkins
School: California State University, Northridge
Major: MPH, Community Health
Hometown: Northridge, CA
Area of internship focus: Student Engagement
Hobbies: Cycling, hiking, dancing, sleeping
Favorite ice cream flavor: French vanilla on top of a warm brownie
Where you see yourself in 5 years: Enjoying the three men in my life and  continuing to educate and empower LAUSD student leaders through an organized and effective system that enables them to assess the health needs of themselves, their campus and their community and take action in creating the appropriate change.

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Name: Nalani Livingstone
School: University of Arizona
Major: Public Health
Hometown: Avondale, AZ
Area of internship focus: Fund Development
Hobbies: Singing, dancing, hiking, shopping
Favorite ice cream flavor: Haagen Dazs Pralines and Cream
Where you see yourself in 5 years: Graduating with a Master’s in Health Management and Policy, and hopefully on my way to start my own public health organization.

Name: Pujitha Siddani
School: California State University, Northridge
Major: Public Health
Hometown: Visakhapatnam, India
Area of internship focus: Oral health
Hobbies: Reading, watching movies, trying food from different cuisines
Favorite ice cream flavor: Mint chocolate chip
Where you see yourself in 5 years: In 5 years, I see myself traveling and learning more about the world. I also see myself working with special care needs children and their oral health.

Name: Melissa Karakash
School: Georgetown University
Major: Foreign Service
Hometown: Cypress, CA
Area of internship focus: Education policy (oral health and the Kindergarten mandate)
Hobbies: Cooking/eating, traveling, reading, playing volleyball, salsa dancing
Favorite ice cream flavor: Rocky road
Where do you see yourself in 5 years: I hope to work in policy and program development.

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