FEBRUARY 2, 2016 – This semester, Jordan Smith (NHS’17) is working at AmeriHealth Caritas DC as a part of the international health major’s community-based internship.
“AmeriHealth Caritas DC is a federal national health insurance company that specifically works with people who are insured by Medicare and Medicaid,” she says. “I have the privilege of interning there for this spring semester and rotating every other week to work with each department within the company.”
Smith says she is looking forward to immersing herself in various facets of the organization, including behavioral health, communications and marketing, the medical and dental departments, member engagement, and provider network management.
In addition to her studies at the School of Nursing & Health Studies, Smith is active on campus. She serves as a co-captain of the Georgetown University Step Team, the business manager and a member of Resonant Essence Live! A cappella group, and a member of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity. She also works in the O’Neill Family Foundation Clinical Simulation Center at NHS.
This year, the junior is co-chairing the Minority Health Initiative Council, a student-led organization within NHS that facilitates access and support for minority students within the school and works to promote health equity.
“My time on the council has been spent really pushing the boundaries of the council and expanding the outreach we do to students within the NHS,” she says. “The council has done and continues to do phenomenal work bringing awareness to the multitude of minority health disparity issues locally and globally, as well as doing hands-on work addressing educational and health disparities right here in the district.”
Smith says that she hopes to continue raising awareness about the work of MHIC and minority health issues, as well as to inspire people “. . . to recognize their own potential for change and action.”
Smith credits many individuals with helping make her transition to Georgetown a successful one.
“Transitioning from high school to a prestigious university more than a thousand miles from home was not easy,” she says. “Yet, with the help of great friends, amazing Georgetown programs like the Community Scholars Program and the Georgetown Scholarship Program, understanding professors and advisors, unbelievably great mentors, and just the outright kindness of folks I have crossed paths with, Georgetown has become my home.”
Smith says she has enjoyed the academic and social aspects of Georgetown and her major, which has allowed her to begin focusing on her “. . . passions of helping others through health and making a positive impact on the world to understand and dismantle health disparities locally and globally.”
While graduation is some time off, Smith says she is thinking about graduate school and spending time in Southeast Asia, where she can strengthen her practice and theoretical knowledge on disease surveillance and public health policy.