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Danielle Le Hals, MPH

Danielle Le Hals, MPH

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During my internship, I learned the importance of building and cultivating relationships with those you work with. This lesson has guided me daily in my current position

Education

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S. Biology
  • University of California, Berkeley, MPH, Health Policy and Management

Current Employment

  • Executive Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Radiation Oncology

Top enjoyment of HCC

  • The diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and interests of other interns
  • Preparation for internship and next steps – graduate school and career
  • Opportunity for practical, hands-on exploration of the field of public health

Long term benefits of HCC

  • Contacts gained through informational interviews and internship projects
  • Mentorship – “Gaining a mentor in Jeff Oxendine, who has helped me through each step along the way”
  • Motivation to confidently explore and learn about new areas of public health

Lessons learned applied in the present

“During my internship, I learned the importance of building and cultivating relationships with those you work with. This lesson has guided me daily in my current position as I meet and work with new people in an organization that is very consensus-driven.”

 

Top 3 benefits HCC interns offer to Host Organizations

  • Interns offer a fresh perspective and new, potential solutions to old problems
  • Interns are eager to learn and motivated to act on opportunities
  • Interns serve as a great source of publicity and as a key link between the organization and the intern’s network of peers and colleagues

HCC – A worthwhile investment?

“Yes. It is good to think of HCC as a recruitment tool. Many HCC alums go on to be quite successful, with graduate degrees and great work experience. It would be advantageous for [Host Organizations] to connect with these stars early in their careers…HCC serves as a resource for future employees beyond those [who interned at the host organization]”