HPU Student Lands Internship With Department Of Defense

HIGH POINT, N.C., July 21, 2010 – La’Shelle Manning, a rising junior majoring in biology at High Point University, is spending her summer interning at the Department of Defense in Silver Spring, Md.

Manning is working under Tricare Management Activity, specifically a branch entitled the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE), which focuses on promoting the resilience, recovery, and reintegration of warriors and their families as it relates to their mental health.

“Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Psychological Health (PH) are the signature wounds of those associated with the wars,” says Manning. “DCoE’s mission is to combat TBI and PH issues by providing support to warriors and their families.”

In her role as an intern in the Training and Education Directorate, Manning prepares executive summaries, scribes for meetings, prepares continuing education curriculum reviews, reviews documents, and attends training for various programs such as program evaluation, prolonged exposure to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), cognitive processing therapy for PTSD, and others. She also receives mentorship on professional and personal goals and guidance on improving her professionalism and oral and written communication skills.

With plans to pursue a career in the medical industry, Manning says that she has learned valuable information about medical protocol especially within the military.

“I have learned what obstacles face the health care industry and how to effectively combat them,” says Manning. “Just being in the company of so many professionals allows me to gain insight and knowledge. Being exposed to so many different aspects of health care is also allowing me to explore different prospective career plans.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at http://www.highpoint.edu/ or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/highpointu.

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration

336-841-4530 cdudley@highpoint.edu

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