May 13, just two days after walking at graduation, Abbigale “Abby” Thompson, ’19, of Bremen, Georgia, began an internship at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). She is the child wellness intern for CHOA’s Strong4Life program.
“I knew I wanted to be super engaged in child wellness, so the Strong4Life program was number one on my list,” said the public health major. “It felt like a big dream. So, two interviews and a wellness check later, I became the child wellness intern for Strong4Life.”
Thompson spends her day performing a variety of duties related to health promotion.
“Typically, I spend most of my day helping to produce and reproduce health promotion materials,” she said. “My program at Georgia College was designed to help combat childhood obesity, so much of my work involves creating different ways to talk about nutrition, physical activity, hydration and limiting screen time.”
The summer internship exposed Thompson to many different aspects in the healthcare industry.
“I’ve spent some days at Egleston Hospital, Scottish Rite Hospital, the Strong4Life Clinic or Camp Strong4Life,” she said. “I’ve met people who are in leadership roles on so many levels. So, I made some great connections.”
After working in her community health class with children from Communities in Schools, she discovered she needed to pursue a career involving children.
“The many different health theories I learned at Georgia College have really helped me during my time at CHOA,” she said.
Thompson’s summer internship with CHOA ends Aug. 1.
“I will be so sad when it’s over,” she said.
Ultimately, Thompson sees herself working as a wellness coordinator at a hospital. But, for now, she looks forward to returning to Georgia College this fall to earn her master’s degree in health promotion, while working as a graduate assistant.
“I valued my professors at Georgia College,” she said. “Dr. Kaninjing has brought so much depth to what public health looks like. He is encouraging, sees potential in his students, and helps us engage in the Milledgeville community. I loved researching with him and can’t wait to continue in the fall.”