This blog post was written by Cayla, our work study intern for the past two semesters.
Interning here at GASP from Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School through a Corporate Work Study program, I learned many different things about the environment that I did not know. My experience with GASP has changed my perspective in different situations.
I learned how to find people on the internet just by their name, address, phone number, etc. (We were working on a mailing list for GASP newsletters and needed to make sure the addresses were up to date.) I got the chance to help gather information that helps improve the work process. I helped get information about schools so GASP could talk to them about education programs.
I also got the chance to learn about the different air qualities and how bad air affects the environment and the people through a website called Southern Exposure. I created two binders based on different air monitors around the state of Alabama. In those binders it tells what air monitors check for by pollutant from 2011 to 2016. I have also gotten the opportunity to sit in on meetings and take in how it feels to be in meetings with different people from different age ranges. I got to be in my very first webinar.
But most importantly, I have gotten to meet some amazing people. They are Kirsten Bryant, Haley Lewis, and Michael Hansen. They have taught me great things! They provided me with helpful advice and the conversations were also amazing. We could talk about anything and they would listen to you. I even learned a better way to fold shirts while interning here. They are super nice, cheerful, supportive, and inviting people. I have met other great interns while working here. It is a quiet and peace environment to work in. I would definitely work here again next year! 🙂
GASP is a nonprofit health advocacy organization based in Birmingham, Ala. Our mission is to reduce air pollution, to educate the public on the health risks associated with dirty air, and to encourage community leaders to serve as role models for clean air and clean energy production.