Interning with the Alzheimer’s Association.
Name: Lidiann Lopez
Hometown: Ipswich, MA
Major: Organizational Communication
Minor: Latin American Studies
Internship Sponsor: Alzheimer’s Association
- Establishing relationships with Spanish-speaking families affected by Alzheimer’s disease to provide information about supportive services
- Planning a fundraising and awareness event at Assumption College
- Creating and updating a database of Latino-based organizations
- Reaching out to Hispanic churches in Worcester
The Alzheimer’s Association is a non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of research, supportive services, and awareness of Alzheimer’s. The organization focuses on providing the best care for those facing the challenges of the disease; the organization envisions a world free of Alzheimer’s.
As the Latino Outreach Intern, I have had the opportunity to use my Spanish-speaking skills to help the Alzheimer’s Association break through communication barriers to the Hispanic community affected by the disease. An experience that has left a deep impression on me was the moment when I received negative feedback from a client who expressed the painful frustration that surrounds this disease. The affliction Alzheimer’s imposes on families was revealed to me in this eye-opening experience.
During my internship experience I have utilized the interpersonal communication skills I acquired throughout my studies to better communicate with my supervisor, interns, and especially, the Hispanic community of Worcester. The benefits of a major in Organizational Communication became clear during this experience because I had the ability to effectively understand and exchange information as I established new relationships.
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