We’re excited to kick off our new series that catches up with our past scholars! We plan to profile a past scholar once a month to find out how their internship went, what they are up to now, and their future plans. Enjoy!
Kelsie Cox was one of our first three scholars in 2012 when she interned at Rachel’s Women’s Center [the Center sadly closed in 2014 after 35 years of helping women].
Where are you from?
Where did you go to school? What did you study?
I got a Bachelor’s from Rhodes College in Political Science and received my Master’s from Vanderbilt University in Community Development and Action.
What was the best part of your internship?
The best part of my internship was learning from such a seasoned professional in the nonprofit field. The Executive Director at Rachael’s Women’s Center was so knowledgeable and excited to share her experiences. It also helped me understand how all issues (e.g., homelessness, domestic and sexual violence, reproductive justice, etc.) are interconnected.
What lessons did you learn that you would like to pass on to future interns?
I learned to be open to new experiences and volunteer for projects that may put you outside of your comfort zone. I never expected to be working with public relations and development, but I learned a lot about myself while working on these projects.
What are you doing now?
I am currently finishing a project with Rhodes College, evaluating a HOPE VI public housing redevelopment in Memphis. Also, I just accepted a position with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, evaluating a STI and pregnancy prevention program for teens.
What do you hope to be doing in 10 years?
That is a tough question, but I hope to be working in social science research. I might go back to graduate school for a PhD, but I am unsure what I would study or where I would study it.
What is your favorite book and what are you reading now?
What book would you most recommend? Right now, I am reading Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. I would recommend Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor by Paul Farmer for anyone interested in community health or international health issues.