Breathe California Golden Gate has been incredibly fortunate to have Jeanette Shekelle in our corner as a Public Health Communications and Events Intern. Her initiative, attention to detail, and ability to deftly juggle many tasks have greatly benefited the organization. She began her internship in early February of this year and will be leaving us at the end of May.
Ms. Shekelle earned a BS in Biology from University of California, Santa Cruz in December 2016. While in college, she studied feminism, botany, ornithology, philosophy, German, Italian, as well as basic microbiology, cell biology, and biochemistry. “I took way more classes than required of my major,” Shekelle said, “but it was completely worth it.” This fall she will begin her Master of Public Health degree at Columbia University.
Learning about Breathe California shortly after she moved to San Francisco, Jeanette was inspired to apply for the internship because of the grass-roots nature of the organization’s mission. Despite having limited experience with social media or marketing, she hit the ground running and learned very quickly.
“I worked on so many different things,” Jeanette remembered. “I started out helping plan the 6th annual Clear The Air Film Fest which took me a month to fully put together. This was definitely a challenge, because I had never done anything like it before. It was also the most fun and rewarding to see my vision come to life.”
Since the Clear The Air Film Fest, Jeanette has interviewed board members and written articles for the website, made infographics, been trained as a facilitator for O24u – Breathe California’s youth environmental education program – and is now assisting with writing grants to continue funding for our All About Asthma program.
Jeanette believes that her internship has helped her grow professionally, furthering her academic and career goals. “When I started at Breathe,” she recalled, “I knew barely anything about lung health issues. Near the end of my internship, I will be taking away so much! I have learned all about nonprofits, grant writing, event organizing and planning, and lung diseases, especially asthma.”
When asked what one thing she would like to share about the value of Breathe California’s work, Jeanette replied, “A few dedicated people collaborating together can make a huge impact!”
We would like to thank you, Jeanette, for being one of those dedicated people, supporting our mission and vision with your hard work and amazing organizational skills. It has been a pleasure working with you, and we all wish you all the best!