PSR Welcomes Summer Interns
July 17, 2017
From left to right: Adam Yusen, Fekade Abayneh, Milad Salami, Kate Topalis, and Molly Hammersmith
Each year, interns inject new talent, energy and enthusiasm into the national PSR office. We are happy to extend a warm welcome to the five new interns who are contributing to our work this summer.
The reason I am interning at PSR is because I found what the organization does in line with what I studied, and it is a great place to learn, get real-life experience and broaden my knowledge in the fields of health and environment. It is my desire to have a career in the field of energy, health and environment and promote sustainability and sustainable societies. I earned a Joint Master of Science degree in Industrial Ecology (Sustainability Science) from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden and University of Graz, Austria, sponsored by the European Union. I also earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Addis Ababa University and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia. I worked, while I was in Ethiopia, as a consultant for international NGOs, technology transfer officer for a university, program manager for a local NGO, and university lecturer. Immediately prior to joining PSR as an intern, I worked as a development intern at Environmental and Energy Study Institute.
Molly Hammersmith is a rising sophomore, working toward a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Safety and Occupational Health and Sustainability at the University of Findlay in Northwest Ohio. She comes from a rural, agriculturally rich community and is active in many organizations who share aims for a cleaner, healthier environment, such as the student chapter for the National Council for Science and the Environment and the Oiler Environment, Safety, and Health Organization. Her goal is to pursue higher education with a focus on the environmental and human health connection, as to better serve both her local and global communities.
My name is Seyed Milad Salami. I go to school at California State University, Northridge pursuing my Bachelor of Arts. In Los Angeles, I became witness to a multicultural community that flourishes by working together. I believe that if humans from all backgrounds started to acknowledge our similarities instead of our differences, humanity would enter an era of great peace and prosperity. My mission it to make such a future a reality. Some may say it will never happen. Well, some also said we would never reach the moon.
Kate is a rising second year medical student at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, hoping to specialize in Family Medicine or another primary care specialty. As an undergraduate, she majored in Ecology and Conservation and in Hispanic Language and Literature, both interests that sparked her desire to incorporate environmental health and social disparities into her medical career. Prior to her work at PSR, Kate led educational outreach at the Mid-Atlantic Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit run by the CDC. While in school, Kate is an active member of the AMA Policy Board, Hartford Health Educators, South Park Clinic, and Urban Service Track, all of which emphasize a facet of preventative medicine, especially in underserved areas. She hopes to use health policy as a mechanism for public health advocacy, both as a medical student and in her future career.
Adam Yusen is a junior at the University of Illinois, working toward a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with a minor in Natural Resources and Environmental Science. In addition to serving on the board of the Illini Democrats organization, Adam is the treasurer and head of debate on the student-run forensics team. Before interning at Physicians for Social Responsibility, Adam volunteered with NextGen Climate during the 2016 general election and Common Cause Illinois for a local Champaign County election. Adam’s goal is to work for the EPA as a lawyer in the field of environmental law.