internship at Sterling Estates of West Cobb Senior Living Community has proven
to be the best decision I have every made. In January 2019, I started my
internship, excited to work with seniors. I got hired on as a Community
Relations Intern, learning the ropes of the sales process. At first, I wasn’t
sure if ‘sales’ was going to be for me. But, after seeing what an impact the
Community Relations Counselors, Martha and Sherry, were making, I wanted learn
every bit of the process that I could.
intern, my main responsibilities were the daily tasks like making sure we had
enough copies, keeping the conference room tidy, and going on tours to learn as
much as I can about the selling process and community. Slowly, I started
handling more tasks, such as working with the Director of Maintenance in order
to ‘flip’ rooms on time. In February, I was offered a full-time position as a
Community Relations Counselor with my main focus in coordinating the move in
process with new residents.
I want to
thank the Department of Geography and Anthropology for this opportunity,
because without the requirement for an internship, I wouldn’t have the career I
love today. I also want to thank Dr. Alice Gooding for all of the help she has
been in helping me to achieve my goals this semester.
My internship at the LabCorp
Austell Patient Service Center was amazing! I got to dive into completely new
experiences that will definitely be useful in my future career pursuit as a
Physicians Assistant. I was grateful for the opportunity to be so hands on with
the patients, specimen and understanding all aspects of what it takes to work
in one of these offices. Furthermore I hope sharing my experience can help
future students on deciding what internship is best for them.
One of the most valuable tools that
I took away from LabCorp is understanding how to work with patients of all
different backgrounds and cultures. I didn’t realize how important and
necessary it would be for me to help patients with simple task, such as
providing necessary identification, or informing them about the testing they
were having done. Sometimes patients would come in frustrated at their employer
or doctor for the test they had requested, so it was imperative that we
remained calm and assured them that this would be a quick and easy process.
Another thing that I learned to do from this
internship was conduct different lab test. Of course, I wasn’t allowed to
conducting them on my own but it was very cool being able to participate in the
process. A few that I did quite frequently were drug screens, urinalysis,
genetic molecular testing, and paternity testing. One of the coolest things
that I did was the hair drug screen test where I was taught on a practice doll
how to collect 200 hair strands from the patients head. I also had the pleasure
of working with newborns to perform heel sticks test, which was quite exciting.
One of the most challenging parts
of this internship was learning how to work the Touch system which is how all
the specimen are tracked. This was something that I frequently needed
assistance with, and it wasn’t uncommon for Patient Service Technicians to mess
up on. Of course, I always double checked if I had questions because if
specimen got lost or mixed up, then that could result in retesting, which is a
hassle for the patients.
In addition to working in the lab,
I also got the opportunity to ride around with the courier who picks up the
labs at each office. This was interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes
once your lab work leaves the lab. I was able to visit the Birmingham
headquarters where the specimen are organized and tested. This facility had
many departments with chemist and biologist who studied specimen in detail.
Unfortunately I wasn’t
able to take photos in the lab due to it being a HIPPA violation; however, I
did include pictures of what the office looked like and the rooms that the
patients were serviced in. This internship was an incredible experience and I
would most definitely recommend students to apply for this internship. I was
very active at this facility and staff were extremely helpful in teaching me
the in’s and out’s of the lab.
This May our senior Internship and Research Practicum students presented their amazing work to a panel of faculty and peers. From private companies to non-profits, our interns developed a range of skills in contemporary work places and put their anthropological knowledge to good use. Congratulations to those who scored a paying job as a result of their internship!
Our research students explored biological and cultural variation while testing basic and applied scientific questions. Congratulations to our seniors who have been accepted to graduate school programs in the fall! Check out our department Facebook page for all the updates: https://www.facebook.com/KSUGeoAnth
For my practicum, I was given the opportunity to work with Dr. Gooding on public outreach and the expansion of Forensic Anthropology within community schools. My overall goal was to create a Forensic Anthropology Traveling Trunk designed to teach grades K-5. While the thought of this creation may have sounded it easy, it was rather challenging creating each activity based on the State of Georgia’s standards. My goals were easily accomplished by working with teachers from different schools when it came to designing my Traveling Trunk. With the help of public educators, I wanted to create activities that would promote forensic anthropology but also in a fun way that students would be interested in participating.
Throughout the semester, I was also taking Lab in Forensic
Anthropology which helped guided me when it came to preparing my
activities. My finished product was a
mobile traveling case that public educators can use to teach students about
Forensic Anthropology. The trunk consisted of four different activities, Sex
estimation, Human vs. Animal Identification, Trauma Analysis, and Long Bones
Identification. Lastly, if given the opportunity I would like to expand more on
my research and see how other public educators and students across America
enjoy the use of Traveling Trunks.
This semester I had to opportunity to create a comparative collection of animal bones for Investigators and students to study. This involved collecting animals remains and processing them to be able to see the anatomical and morphological differences between human bone and non-human. Another aspect of the project was collecting animal bones from local butcher shops to show what domesticated animal bones look like compared to other native wildlife species.
During the Spring of 2019 over 700 animal bones were analyzed, collected and cataloged. I created an Excel spreadsheet of the species of animals I collected along with number of bones and type. Animal bones in the collection featured: American Black Bear, Armadillo, Beaver, Bobcat, Cougar, Cow Coyote, Domestic Cat, Domestic Dog, domestic Ferret, Domestic Pig, Eastern Cottontail Rabbit, Easter Gray Squirrel, Grey, Fox, Horse, Raccoon, Red Wolf, Striped Skunk, Virginia Opossum, White Tailed Deer, and Wild Juvenile Boar.
Another aspect of the project was
creating a display case of animal skulls to show the differences between
cranial and dental features along with how it changes along species. Finally, I took photos of comparing the
morphological differences of the animals listed above compared to human. The
photos were compiled into a manual that compared each bone to human. The manual
can be used in the field or even classroom setting to identify animal vs. human
March, 2019- KSU Anthropology gave five presentations this year at the annual Georgia Academy of Science meeting at the University of North Georgia, Gainesville. This conference is a great opportunity for students to present their research in a low-stress environment. Students can also submit manuscripts for publication to the Georgia Journal of Science. This is a fantastic way to build your CV and get started on your academic journey. Congratulations to all!
EVALUATION OF MISSISSIPPIAN PERIOD HUNTING PRACTICES IN GEORGIA**, Bryant C. Long*
PATTERNS OF SWIFT CREEK INTERACTION IN THE CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER VALLEY, Gary Owenby*
ENERGY EXPENDITURE ACROSS THE ETOWAH CHEIFDOM: TESTING A HUMAN MODEL AGAINST ESTABLISHED ALGORITHMS**, Alice F. Gooding, Joseph Eleam*, and Patrick Wilborn*
TESTING ANCESTRAL HOMOGENEITY OF ANATOMICAL TEACHING CRANIA**, Christopher M. Goden, Alice F. Gooding
ENGAGING WITH THE PUBLIC: AN EXAMINATION OF AN ANTHROPOLOGY OUTREACH PROGRAM, Hannah D. Bauguess*
The broad goal of the summer study abroad practicum with Dr. Lundy was to attempt to understand human ecology in Guinea-Bissau, specifically how millennials (in this case defined as students enrolled in university in Guinea-Bissau, ages 18-38) perceive their environment. We spent a majority of our time moving between universities and meeting with students, faculty, and administration. Apart from collecting data, much of our summer abroad consisted of meeting with government officials, government and non-government organizations, and groups involved in environmental projects and conservation efforts around the country. We also spent time traveling to different regions in order to observe the differences between the different environmental zones and to see as many historically and culturally significant sites as we could in order to learn more about the history of the country, particularly its ecology and its peoples. The primary data collection techniques, which were employed, included keeping field notes from direct and participant observations, group community mapping exercises, Likert-scale surveys, content analysis of student artwork, and semi-structured interviews. In addition to students, administration, and faculty, participants of the study also included environmentally focused civil society organization managers, government officials, international and domestic businesspersons, and community members.
a typical day, we would be up and eat breakfast at our hotel, which usually
consisted of bread and Nescafé. We almost always left by 9:30 am if not earlier
depending on the events of the day. We would take a taxi from our hotel to
Tchicote most of the time, the country’s teachers’ training college. If not
Tchicote we were likely going to either go to University Lusófona or the
University Amilcar Cabral. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (if we had no other
meetings scheduled), we had Kriol lessons (a Portuguese-based Creole language
spoken as the lingua franca in Guinea-Bissau) with Sana and Falarim (two
recently graduated English teachers) for about two hours. Once we got to the
schools, we would set our stuff down in a room where we could work. We then
would recruit students by walking around the campus and asking students to
“ajuda par pesquisa” or “help with research” in what was for me especially,
broken Portuguese. Kamran was by far the most helpful when it came to
addressing whole classes or groups of people because he was the most fluent.
Sami was by far the most outgoing, she was the best at rounding up students,
and from there Kamran and I could break down the general instructions.
Recruited students, faculty, and administration would generally follow us to
the room where they could sit down and if they had questions, Dr. Lundy was in
the room, or they would just fill out the surveys in the hallways or
classrooms, wherever we could find space. We would often have lunch at the
university if we could. Tchicote had a cantina/cafeteria where a woman who also
had a restaurant across from the school also ran the kitchen. After a solid day
of collecting data at the universities, if time was permitting, we would
explore and walk around the small city center or we would keep ourselves busy
with meetings, museums, and card games. We pretty much always had dinner close
to the hotel; we would walk to find a restaurant and back. Before bed we all
did some journaling and reading before getting to bed to start it all over
again in the morning.
We learned a lot about the history of Guinea-Bissau as well as its environment from our trip. On one day a biology professor that we first met at Tchicote drove us around and he showed us different “humid zones” (wetlands and flood zones) within Bissau and spoke a lot about ongoing pollution and other environmental concerns affecting the capital city of Bissau. One of the things that surprised me the most from the trip was just how passionate people are about protecting their environment and diversifying agriculture. When we were at Tchicote for the 2nd National Convention for the English Language Teachers Association, I spoke to a classroom of students and teachers who talked about their concerns for their natural environment. We also learned a lot about the importance of biodiversity and conservation when we went to IBAP, which stands for Instituto da Biodiversidade e das Áreas Protegidas (Institute for Biodiversity and Protected Areas). We learned that it takes about four to five years to establish a protected area and they take into consideration the people who live in those areas, imposing regulations that align with traditions as best as they can. They actively promote ecotourism in the protected areas, which also serve as national parks.
Overall my experience in Guinea-Bissau was amazing. We were lucky to have so many opportunities to speak with environmental and social organizations and government officials like Tulinabo S. Mushingi the U.S. ambassador to Senegal and Guinea-Bissau. It was really cool to learn so much about another country’s culture and to be welcomed into it. As much as we loved learning from students in Guinea-Bissau it really felt like they enjoyed learning form us too.
Going into this experience I had only participated in one field school, with Dr. Powis, based off of CRM practices. Before my field school in Peru, Kennesaw State and University of North Carolina wanted me to be aware of common differences between cultures that often times can make people feel home sick or alienated by providing me with readings on what events I might face. While these readings were good and helpful; they could not have accounted for the difference in archaeological practices that I encountered. The field school was working hand in hand with Gabriel Prieto who works with National Geographic. We worked for a week at Pampas De La Cruz, and three weeks in a school yard in Huanchaco. At these sites they had found over 140 children sacrifices as well as llama sacrifices, pottery, textiles with copper ornaments, beads, and many more things.
Due to the amount of variety of artifacts and the high concentrating this was a great experience for me to learn the proper techniques for excavating different materials. Most of the artifacts that were recovered at the Dabb’s site were much more durable then the artifacts in Huanchaco. This caused for different tools such as brushes instead of trowels, as seen above. Other differences in technique involved the amount of sifting that we did. In Georgia sifting was a high priority because the concentration of artifacts was so low and without sifting we could not have pieced together a representation of the culture. In Peru you would sift every other bucket of dirt so that you were still able to see the small remains to keep an accurate representation of the civilization, but there was so much else that you could already understand the culture by.
my experience in archaeology when you are digging you should celebrate every
find, no matter how small it is, because a lot of time you are just sifting
through dirt and rocks. This experience was very different, and I couldn’t help
but to compare the two excavations. On the first day the group was all thrown
into the field regardless of past experiences and it was captivating to see
everyone’s reactions to finding artifacts. In my section we caught word that
someone had found llama bones in another section, and everyone immediately
wanted to go over and see them or try to help excavate that section in hopes
that there would be one more. This seems to be a normal reaction that I saw in
both of my experiences, and the response was the same. We still had to man our
section and keep working. The difference was in Peru when we went back to
digging our section we would come across something relatively quickly. In the
first day I believe everyone was able to start excavating human or llama
remains or some sort of ceramics. Due to how rich the site was it made it very
easy for everyone to stay motivated and excited to go to the site every day.
in all, it was fascinating to learn how archaeology is practiced in different
places depending on the circumstances. I learned a lot about how archaeology
can be done when the site is rich in artifacts, and I was able to see how that
affected the archaeologists. This was an
excellent experience to broaden my horizon and expand my knowledge of archaeology.
For my last semester, I chose to do a practicum with Dr. Gooding. I was lucky enough to get a practicum that was aligned with research I had done previously in an osteology field school in Greece and that I found interesting. My overall goal was to create a collection of teeth that can be used to teach various classes in the department. Also, I wanted to create a couple of extra sets for Dr. Smith to take with her to Greece. For classes like the Human Skeleton and Lab in Physical Anthropology, having hands-on access to teeth can help students gain a deeper understanding of the importance of teeth.
I worked throughout the semester,
learning as much as I could about human dentition through books and articles. I
then used that knowledge to create collections of wear patterns in each type of
teeth. I created displays of show teeth (which is the perfect example of that
tooth) and funky teeth (which contained caries, fillings, and grills). Writing
the final paper at the end of the project shows how much you learn over the semester,
conferring a sense of expertise in that area of anthropology. After sorting
through approximately 1,700 teeth, I had all the sets ready, so I built little
displays for the classroom. I hope my practicum can help someone down the road
feel more confident when they learn about teeth!
For my internship, I worked at the International Rescue Committee in the Northlake Parkway location. I worked as an Immigration Caseworker Intern; my roles varied, they ranged from dealing with administrative work, to processing LPR (Legal Permanent Residents) I-485 applications for refugees and N400 applications for LPR for Naturalizations. The job was challenging and it required me to learn immigration processes. I was tasked with learning all the different forms and how to use the organization’s database. Along with processing and interviewing clients, I was also tasked with interviewing clients, and translating documents. The most interesting part of doing this type of work is interviewing clients and helping them develop the most accurate application for citizenship status and LPR status. This part of the job was very personal to me because I also went through the process, except now I was on the other side of the desk, providing assistance to those hopeful applicants. Although the job required a lot of time, the satisfaction it brought me was unmatched. Because I know personally how hard and trying the process can be for a refugee, I was more than honored to be part of a team that allowed me to take part in the process.
The Immigration Department at IRC is mainly composed of interns, who are students from Emory, GATech, UGA, and GSA. The Department also has a handful of caseworkers and
legal representatives such as paralegals and lawyers. My typical day consisted of processing Biometric Notices, Receipt Notices, RFE (Request for Evidence) sent by USCIS, Approval Notices, and Oath Ceremonies. On some occasions, I was tasked with creating brochures for citizen workshops and also correspondence with the USCIS and DHS (Department of Homeland Security). The IRC works to provide services to clients and is tasked with vetting for clearance and eligibility. From my observations, most of the workers are immigrants who felt a great desire and sense of duty to clients. This is reflected by the amount of client transfers that the organization gets from other organizations. The employees, within their right, operate at full capacity at times working after hours to process late applicants, and fix problems. It was a real pleasure to work with the IRC, and I hope to continue working with them in the future.