On Friday October 20th, Undergraduate Sociology students visited John Snow, Inc.(JSI) in Roslyn VA. JSI is an international public health consulting firm that works in numerous countries around the world. Sociology undergraduate Gabriella Robles had the following to say about the event:
On Friday October 20th, JSI hosted five Sociology undergraduates in their Rosslyn Virginia office for a half day visit to hear about careers in public health. JSI currently has 8 domestic offices in the US and 34 international offices. The Roslyn office is a respected organization that implements research and large scale health initiatives, trainings, intervention programs, etc. in developing countries.
I was very excited to learn about how I could use my sociological coursework and experiences in the field of public health. JSI did not disappoint. They welcomed us with breakfast and we got to meet and interact with staff members who work in different areas of JSI. Every person at JSI shared personal stories, how they found JSI and gave us tips on how to apply if we are interested. Each person shared how applicable their college coursework assisted their roles and responsibilities in their jobs. They also answered every question we had about their personal experiences, work life balance, projects they are currently working on, challenges in their jobs and how JSI had helped them achieve their career goals. The biggest advice the staff members gave us was to “keep an open mind.”
Overall, I felt that it was a very open, honest, informative meeting and was a very reassuring experience for people like myself who are still unsure of their career plans post-graduation. I am very grateful to JSI for welcoming us and showing us potential career paths into the ever changing and evolving field of public health.