Civic Engagement proudly acknowledges Kibrten Hailu, a health informatics major, in our volunteer spotlight. Kibrten has been working as a federal work study student (community service component) since her freshman year at Georgia State University. She is currently employed with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Kibrten originally began her college career as a public policy major and started at the CDC doing administrative and office support in the human resources (HR) office. After she switched her major to health informatics, she was fortunate to have the opportunity to shift from working in HR to the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ), where she is working directly with health informatics and gaining valuable experience in her field.
In her current position, Kibrten works to prevent the introduction and spread of disease from global countries into the United States by collecting, organizing and analyzing data from different medical record databases for current refugees entering the United States. According to Kibrten, “…this opportunity has enriched my life because I am exposed to the real world work atmosphere, and it has given me an opportunity to network with so many people that give me advice and connect me to other people who can help me with jobs in the future.”
Kibrten has earned real-world work experience while giving back to the community as part of a team that prevents disease from spreading and promotes a healthy life style to communities in need. Kibrten’s advice to all upcoming federal work study students is to take advantage of your valuable work study opportunity, because you can increase your marketability through work experience, contribute to the community and network with people who can assist you in your future job search. The CDC has provided Kibrten with valuable resources that she will be able to utilize as a college student and throughout her post college career.
If you would like to nominate an outstanding volunteer to be featured in our volunteer spotlight feature, please send nominations to Shakia Guest, 404-413-1550.