We are always thrilled to have student interns working with us. They get some practical experience working in our office and we benefit from their energy and all the hard work they do. This year, we're pleased to have a doctoral intern in addition to our undergrad intern. Read on for more information about these exceptional individuals.
Doctoral intern: Robert Near
Robert Near is a veteran navigator at HealthWest in Muskegon County and a full-time student in the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Ph.D. Program at Western Michigan University. He's also a father of two, a county veterans affairs committee member, and an active participant in many different initiatives & committees in West Michigan.
Previously, Robert worked as an economic development coordinator at Center for Nonprofit Housing, chief financial officer at Empire Contractors, and a State of Michigan Eligibility Specialist. He honorably served in the United States Army from 2005-10 as an airborne artillerymen with the 4/25th ID, 2/377th PFAR. During this service he served for 18 months in Iraq and for one year in Afghanistan.
He holds a Master of Public Administration with a certificate in homeland security from Pennsylvania State University, and a bachelor's degree with emphasis on leadership in business from Grand Valley State University.
Robert strives to serve the public interest of his community and continues to pursue his passion of public service.
Undergrad intern: Jessica Markosky
Jessica Markosky is a senior at Western Michigan University majoring in interdisciplinary health services, with a minor in psychology.
In addition to taking classes, she works at a daycare as an assistant teacher to a great group of kids. She primarily works with infants all day, but also gets to work with the other age groups. She is also a girls JV/Varsity assistant basketball coach at a local high school. She is grateful for the rewarding experience of working with those high school girls, and for the opportunity to be a positive influence in their lives.
Jessica is passionate about helping people live the best lives that they can possibly live. Throughout her classes at WMU, she has found that helping educate people (especially when it comes to health care) has been a great way to do just that. She is excited to see how this semester (and her AHEC internship) takes her.