PIIE Scholarship Internship at Women’s Health Center Reinforces Recipient’s Desire to Pursue a Medical Career

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

By Gail Roth*

Ramya

Ramya Palaniappan

University of Colorado, Boulder 2015 Public Interest Internship Experience (PIIE) scholarship recipient Ramya Palaniappan’s experience working as Development Event Assistant at the Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center was transformative and may prove to be life changing. Ramya, a senior Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology major who will receive her Bachelor of Arts in May, 2016 applied for a scholarship through the Casey Feldman Foundation to be able to intern with a non-profit organization that provides accessible health care to lower income families. With newly gained insight into how medical centers can provide integrated and holistic approaches to health care, especially in ob/gyn and women’s health, along with a greater awareness of the part that advocacy and social justice play in our complex and expansive health care system, Ramya believes she will pursue her career in this public interest area.

While learning many new skills and enhancing her general experience in the non-profit arena, Ramya felt it was a privilege to work in a positive environment which preached the value of “empowerment for all individuals.” Raised by a single parent with a sibling in medical school, who is paying her own way through college, receiving the scholarship enabled Ramya to plan for her future, including taking the MCATs or GREs, applying to graduate or medical schools and travelling to investigate post graduate opportunities.

During her internship Ramya worked on substantive projects including Condom Couture solicitations, public speaking on the Center’s work in women’s health as well as the specific health care issues confronted by the population served by the Center. She participated in a Women Powering Change conference and researched how organizations create inclusiveness so that the community the Center seeks to serve can have its needs met. She also conducted grants research and constructed a patient survey.

Ramya learned an enormous amount about women’s health and its position in the social and political realm in the United States. In fact, the experience was so impactful that she will continue volunteering at the Center. While the internship focused on the development side of the organization, with her deepened understanding of the impact of health on individuals, she believes she will seek a career after graduation in the medical field relating to reproductive health and women’s issues.

The Public Interest Internship Experience for students at The University of Colorado Boulder began in 2005 and provides students with  paid summer internships at a government agency or non-profit, organizations that may not otherwise be able to provide compensation. The Casey Feldman Foundation has funded one student per year since 2010, following Casey’s death in 2009.

Donate to the Casey Feldman Foundation so that additional students may experience the rewards of a Public Interest Internship (PIIE) internship.

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Ramya Palaniappan (center) with past PIIE Casey Feldman Foundation scholarship recipients, Colin Mayberry (L) – The Nature Conservancy, 2013 & Dylan Mark – Boulder Valley Humane Society, 2012 at the Feldman home in August

Related Links:

I Have a Dream – “This was the best and most beneficial summer of my life”   (Ellie Roberts PIIE 2014)

PIIE Scholarship Recipient Aids Non-Profit Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center (Lynette Schweimler PIIE 2011)

PIIE Awards First Casey Feldman Memorial Scholarship (Mercedes Ruiz PIIE 2010)

 

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gail roth*Gail Roth is an attorney with Bookspan Family Law in Radnor, PA.  Having also experienced the traumatic loss of a loved one, Gail  focuses her practice on helping clients move through difficult transitions and building happier futures. She is a former colleague of Casey’s father, Joel Feldman.

PIIE Foundation Scholarship Recipients Connect This Summer

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

By Dianne l. Anderson*

L to R: Colin Mayberry - The Nature Conservancy, 2013; Ramya Palaniappan - Boulder Valley Women's Health, 2015 & Dylan Mark - Boulder Valley Humane Society, 2012

L to R: Colin Mayberry – The Nature Conservancy, 2013; Ramya Palaniappan – Boulder Valley Women’s Health, 2015 & Dylan Mark – Boulder Valley Humane Society, 2012

The Casey Feldman Foundation is proud of all of its scholarship recipients, including the PIIE (Public Interest Internship Experience) students at The University of Colorado Boulder.  The PIIE program, established at CU in 2005, provides students with a paid summer internship at a government agency or non-profit, organizations that may not otherwise be able to provide compensation. The Casey Feldman Foundation has funded one student per year since 2010, following Casey’s death in 2009.

Our 2015 recipient, Ramya Palaniappan, interned this summer with the non-profit Boulder Valley Women’s Health, which provides gynecological and reproductive healthcare services and education to adults and teens regardless of a patient’s insured or immigrations status and economic circumstances. Ramya is a major in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and aspires to be a physician.

My husband, Joel Feldman and I held a dinner at our home in Nederland, CO for our University of Colorado scholarship recipients, past and present from both the PIIE and the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) programs.  It was a great opportunity for us and our current recipients to see what our scholarship alums are doing now and to provide a comfortable atmosphere in which to connect.

In addition to Ramya, two previous PIIE recipients were able to attend, Colin Mayberry (PIIE 2013) and Dylan Mark (PIIE 2013).

Colin’s PIIE internship was at The Nature Conservancy, the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters. Colin continued to intern there for two more summers and graduated this year summa cum laude with a  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Environmental Studies and Spanish & Portuguese Language and Culture. Colin is now a first year student at The University of Colorado School of Law and plans on a career in environmental law.

Dylan Mark interned at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley through his PIIE scholarship in 2012. The Humane Society of Boulder Valley provides shelter and care to more than 7,000 animals each year, with 92 percent of these animals being successfully adopted or reunited with their guardians.  Dylan graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Sociology and is currently an Internship Development Specialist in Career Services at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he directs the CU-PIIE program, runs training seminars for internship programs and is the main resource for employers seeking CU student interns.

We are looking forward to continuing to hold informal dinners for our scholarship reipients and fostering a Casey Feldman Foundation scholarship alumni group.

Colin Mayberry (PIIE 2013) and Ramya Palaniappan (Piie 2015) with our Alternative Spring Break recipients Nejat Kassahun (2015), Priyanka Guragain (2014), Jamie Haller (2012)

Colin Mayberry (PIIE 2013) and Ramya Palaniappan (Piie 2015) with our Alternative Spring Break recipients Nejat Kassahun (2015), Priyanka Guragain (2014), Jamie Haller (2012)

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PIIE ASB 2015

PIIE ASB 2015

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Related Links:

I Have a Dream – “This was the best and most beneficial summer of my life”   (Ellie Roberts PIIE 2014)

PIIE Scholarship Recipient Aids Non-Profit Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center (Lynette Schweimler PIIE 2011)

PIIE Awards First Casey Feldman Memorial Scholarship (Mercedes Ruiz PIIE 2010)

“The struggle that I have seen my mother go through is my motivation to achieve my dreams”  (Priyanka Guragain ASB 2014)

Scholarship Recipient Vows to Leave this World a Better Place (Jamie Haller ASB 2012)

 

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Dianne and Casey, Christmas 2006

Dianne and Casey, Christmas 2006

*Dianne Anderson is the mother of the late Casey Feldman and co-founder of the The Casey Feldman Foundation and its sponsored project, EndDD.org.